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Who's Shaun White you say? Well ... Born in San Diego, California in 1986, Shaun Roger White is a 24 year old snowboarding and skateboarding god! As a young boy Shaun was a little dare devil on skis. In an attempt to slow him down his mother put him on a snowboard and the rest is history.
Last year I got the Shaun White snowboarding game for the Playstation and had a great time on the slopes. There were a number of things to collect and missions to go on. My son who had previously not played too many games on the Playstation got into it and did really well. I'm sure when he's doing the tricks he just presses whatever buttons his fingers find first but it does the trick and his score is creeping up on mine!
Regular Dooyoo members will know we got a Wii for Christmas. One of the games we got to go with it is Shaun White Snowboarding World Stage. I'm still getting used to the Wii remote and there are certain games I would only play on the Playstation such as Assassin's Creed or Darksiders. We sat down as a family to give the snowboarding a go. My son was shouting that he just wanted to do races and tricks and no missions so we skipped the career bit and went straight for the slopes and events.
You can use the remote or the balance board but as it was the three of us playing we decided on the remotes. (I used the balance board on my own and it's a bit harder)
With the Wii you move the remote more and it's based on these movements as to what will happen on screen so it's no longer a matter of pressing the right button combinations. You will still be using two of the buttons for movements such as a tuck, air rotation, carve or some other advanced trick.
The first race:
We all picked our characters. I went with a character that had good balance and jump. My partner character had really good speed. At this point I didn't know what the partner character would do for me. My other half and son went for fast characters so I thought that was me done for in the race! They shot down the slope leaving me in their dust. I saw a collectable crown on the slope and picked it up, then another and suddenly at the button of my screen it flashed press up to use partner characteristic. I pressed up and bam! I was shooting down the slope and overtaking everyone right before the finish line! Take that!
It took me a few goes to get the hang of the next slope. The challenge was to get to the bottom of the slope with the highest trick points. I did jumps, flips, grinds and all those fun bits. The hardest bit for me to do is to stay balanced on the rails.
I might have to read through the trick list in the instruction booklet and show off the next time we play!
My other half got excited saying that it was MotionPlus compatible. The motion plus is an attachment that is more sensitive to your movements and is said to give you more precise results in the games you play. Honestly I haven't noticed a difference.
Getting into the game:
World Stage is basically made up of challenges all over the world. You start off as the 100th ranked contender and you goal is to compete in races, collect tokens and complete challenges to climb the ranks.
A fun game to play as a family, with friends or alone. Beware of the addiction or like me you'll end up going to bed late and feeling sleepy the rest of the next day!
I'm getting into the Wii but at the moment I still prefer to play snowboarding games on the Playstation. Not made my mind up yet.
We got ours in a local games shop for just short of £18
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