“ ThrustMaster FreeStyler Board - Game pad, snowboard/skateboard - 6 button(s) - Microsoft Xbox „
This accessory does certainly add a new degree of dificulty when playing snowboarding games like the fast paced trick crazy and brilliant SSX 3
But first of all the accessory itself is very big measuring in at 34" by 9" by 5" and it is definitely heavier then a kilo in weight so for your money you are getting a very large and substantial peripheral.
The peripheral is made out of a very tough and rigid plastic and is able to withstand a lot pressure. The build quality is very good everything has been well put together and is in no danger of breaking. Design wise not much has been done here using the colour scheme of the original x box
Gameplay wise however it is well lets just say the learning curve is about as steep as a mountain on a typical snowboarding game it is a struggle most of the time you will find yourself clipping in to the scenery due to the very haphazard tilting sensors on the board most games will fail to recognise the difference between a gentle adjustment to a hair pin corner which will lead you to smack in to the scenery. Maybe with a lot of practice this can become a fun experience but I really don't have the patience.
Also included is a small controller you can hold in one hand this is used fro games that have an emphasis on tricks so you can press different button combinations whilst balancing yourself on this board.
But for some weird reason there is a controller port on the Board its self so you can plug in a proper controller to play the game with thus making the snowboard a tad redundant.
Its hard for me to recomend this peripherial for gaming but accessory collectors can get this cheap from Computer Exchange
Realistic look and feel, the FreeStyler Board offers skateboard and snowboard enthusiasts a chance to get busy in the comfort of their home. With a non-slip surface and tilt sensors, the FreeStyler will have you thinking that you're on the slopes or in your local boarder park. If you have a snowboard or skateboard game, and are tired of the predictable moves you get out of your controllers, then this board is for you.