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Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip. Nintendo Wii
Being a big fan of snowboarding, I usually end up buying as many snowboarding games as I possibly can. My most recent purchase was a pre-owned copy of Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip for the Nintendo Wii.
Shaun White Snowboarding comes in a normal white Wii box, the size of a DVD case, contained inside the box is a game disc along with an instruction manual for the game. The game instruction manual is written in English and is clear and simple to follow, although I haven't actually needed to use it.
Beginning the game with a short video you are introduced to the main characters in the game sitting in a hospital room after a friend has had a snowboarding accident, suddenly a phone rings and the hospitalised friend is forgotten about as on the other end of the phone is the one and only Shaun White inviting you on an around the world snowboarding road trip. Obviously this is the coolest idea ever and you head off to Canada to begin your snowboarding adventures.
The game is based in the settings of real mountains and for each mountain range which you visit you will need to complete certain goals to win event tickets and progress further on your road trip. Goals include things like finishing a slope within a certain time limit, collecting a specific number of crowns or trash cans and performing tricks to achieve a minimum amount of points.
Performing the tricks is surprisingly easy! During the first couple of challenges in the game you are given a kind of mini tutorial of how to do tricks and certain manoeuvres, after this you are left to your own devices to see what you come up with. Most of the tricks are accomplished by waving your wii remote around and pressing the A and/or B buttons and then making sure you have your snowboarder level on his or her board before landing, to me this is the hardest part of the controls and I have lost count of how many times my snowboarder has ended up crashing and covered in snow!
In general the controls of the game are easy, even if you haven't played a snowboarding game in the past I think these controls would be pretty simple to pick up quite fast... If you can hold a wii remote and wave it around while pressing a few buttons then you can control this game!
I have had this game for around 3 weeks, which I know doesn't sound long to be reviewing it already, however in these few weeks I have played the game rather a lot and have progressed really far. I have found the challenges set to be really easy and as a result of this I have won a lot of event tickets and progressed from Canada through Chile and I am currently in Switzerland. The challenges I always find the hardest to complete are the time challenges and to do these I have worked out that you need to concentrate on simply getting to the bottom of the slope performing no tricks or jumps along the way. In my opinion this makes these challenges the most boring as I really enjoy doing tricks and waving my remote around.
In total, according to the Wii's timing of how long you are on a game, I have so far spent almost 37 hours playing Shaun White and I still feel like I have many more hours left to play!
Menu's and Screen Navigation
The menus in Shaun White are simple to navigate around, you simply point the Wii remote at the screen and click on what you want to do. The main menu screen which you will use in the game is designed like a map and you need to click on the country you want to go to. Bearing in mind you can only travel to new countries if you have completed challenges and unlocked them.
There are occasional videos thrown into the game which I personally skip as I don't find them interesting but if you want to follow the story of the road trip then you may enjoy watching them.
Loading time between screens is minimal and literally only a few seconds, just enough time to take a sip of a drink while you wait.
The game play and graphics are really smooth and the sound effects of the board on the snow are actually really realistic, especially when you go over a patch of ice, it's almost like the real thing. The animations of the boarders are good but not as good as some of the newer snowboarding games. The faces of the boarders sometimes seem a bit distorted but in general you don't really notice this too much.
The mountains and the scenery are generally really good and smooth, there are a couple of distortions but I have only really noticed these when I was watching someone else play, I've never noticed them when I play as I'm usually too busy concentrating on trying to land a trick!
The soundtrack in the game is really good and contains a variety of songs I would enjoy listening to when snowboarding in real life, I haven't identified all of the artists on the soundtrack, but I know there are a couple of Faithless tracks on there. The volume of the music can be adjusted if you wish, but I find that the default volume is just right for me.
Balance Board Compatible
Shaun White Snowboarding is balance board compatible, however as my balance board lives at my mum's house with my little brother I have not tried this method of control yet. From what I have briefly looked at in the instruction manual though it does look really good so hopefully I will get to try this too.
There is a multiplayer mode, however as I currently only have one Wii remote we havent played this much. I had a quick go with my brother when I was visiting the UK and it was basically the same as single player but in split screen mode and earning medals based on your performance. In the multiplayer mode you can have upto 4 players if you have enough Wii remotes.
Price and Availability
I bought Shaun White Snowboarding from Gamestation for £7.99 pre-owned, which I think is a great price, especially when you think of how much game time I am getting from this.
I love snowboarding and I love snowboarding games so yes I would highly recommend Shaun White Snowboarding, especially as it is now available at such a great price if you don't mind having a pre-owned one. It's easy to play and I would say suitable for all ages (the box says 3+).
5 Stars from me!
Thanks for reading :)
Shaun White is an American professional snowboarder. In 2006 he won Gold in the Olympic halfpipe event and has just repeated that feat again at the 2010 games. Due to his success he has had two video games made about him. This review is about the first game and is available for many consoles, but this review is for the wii version.
I am a keen snowboarder myself, so I decided to buy this game to see if it was like snowboarding at all. You can either use the Wii balance board or you can simply use the Wii controller. Even if you use the balance board you still need to hold the controller in order to do some of the tricks, I found that this kind of spoilt the point of using the balance board.
Up on playing the game I was quite surprised at how good it was. Going down a mountain in your bedroom was pretty cool, it's nothing like the actual snowboarding but it's probably as close as you will get.
The game is in mission mode where you start off in Canada and snowboard your way through countries, unlocking a new country each time. There are only 6 different mountains, which I was disappointed about as this simply isn't enough and once you have played them there isn't that much interest to go back and do them again.
The graphics are some of the best I have seen on the Wii and I was pleasantly surprised by this but comparing it to the playstation version I can imagine I would be disappointed about the graphics. Saying that, I have been told that this game is really made by the use of the balance board and I can believe it because when playing it without the balance board it is rubbish! You can see bits of snow spraying up as you board and if your player falls over snow coats the camera lens!
You can do various things on the game such as fastest down the mountain, collecting things as you go down the mountain or performing tricks.
You can also play against your friends but when we tried this it was pretty poor as we weren't using the balance board, this is in versus mode. However if you play in hot seat mode you can play one at a time making it much better, but then it takes up a lot of time to do each course this way. Also these modes only have Canada unlocked. This is good for single player use as it makes you do all the courses but I didn't like it during playing with others as we couldn't select the best course.
Steering on the balance board is quite simple, it involves similar movements to being on a real snowboard and you can go faster by leaning more on your front foot.
There is a reasonably good soundtrack on the game, mainly rock music but there is the odd other track on there. You also get Shaun White saying a few things on there himself.
I got this game as it was compatiable with the wii board and wanted to get more use out of the board than just the wii fit.
This Shaun White: Snowboarding: Road Trip game is a game where you go travel around different locations and snowboard. You get set certain missions for each destination and when you pass you move onto a different location. There are a number of missions per location and each stage has a number of missions to complete. The missions vary depending on the stage and of course get harder as the game goes on. Missions include: scoring a certain amount of points doing tricks, winning the race, time trials and collecting items. Once you have gone through all the locations and completed all the missions a new set of missions are unlocked. These ones are very hard and you deinfately must push yourself in order to even come anywhere being able to complete these missions.
The graphics arent too bad for this game and there are a good number of characters you can choose from. This game is 2 player and is excellent when using the wii board. This game definately has a long game playability except it tires you out so much, you probably cant! It is really good for fitness this game and definately balance when you are trying to master the tricks.
When trying to master the tricks you have to try and balance on one foot to another and vice versa depending on the trick you are trying to master. This is definately a sweat breaker! I sometimes feel my side and ab muscles hurting aching after this game. The half pipe levels definately require the most physical activity as you are always aiming to do tricks on every end of curve you hit. It really is tiring!
There is a good number of variety of different levels in this game. There are hard levels where you have to work for your points and levels where there are alot of ramps whereby you can quite easily successfully complete a trick. The halfpipe level is definately a toughie.
You can buy this game from £15-£25 and I would say definately worth it. When playing this game you are definately doing exercise but its also very fun so you dont notice. It would be good if there were more 2 player options. Of course if you have it on one player mode and you are both take turns in the different stages, you do get to have a rest.
I originally bought this game due to a friend of myn first hand recommending it to me. I really wasn't sure what to make of it as the only other game of this kind that I have played on was SSX Tricky! I must admit I really was very impressed with this game for a number of reasons. Firstly the controls are very easy to pickup and they do not coomprimise the enjoyment of the game what so ever. The graphics are also very impressive
I particularly loved how the game was able to encorporate the Wii balance board as this really did improve the whole gameplay experience. It is well suited for the whole family as the controls are very easy to master and it really is easy to pick up. There is a whole range of game modes such as special events which allow you to snowboard as a your favourite professional snowboarder, including Shaun White! This really is a very fun game and I think that considering it will cost uuou just £16 from Amazon it is well worth a try, and so get it! I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading this!
If you live far away from any mountains and snow like me having a snowboard game to play when its rainy outside can be a real mindsaver, the confusion of "wich was my front foot again" now in your very own living room! once you start playing it gets realy addictive as you unlock more stages and riders you will notice yourself sweating in no time at all.
a main difficulty I discovered is that when you're not standing correctly when the Wii balance board is configured it gets realy hard to steer and do tricks correctly, another thing is that the stages in wich you need to collect things on the slope can get annoying if you just miss them.
there is the option of multiplayer hotseat on the balance board in wich you will race a ghostlike image of your opponent doing his best time, since the only way to make that fair is to have at least 4 or more races multiplayer tends to take a while and might get boring.
all in all the pacing and handling is pretty good and although I will never be as good in real life snowboarding as I am at this game the feeling in my legs makes it hard to see the diffirence.
I got this game as part of a wii fit bundle, else I probably wouldn't have bought it. Having paid for the game in a bundle, and seeing as it was priced quite highly when bought as a single game, I thought I best give it a go..especially considering my new found love for the balance board!
The single player mode puts you in one country, and you work your way around and complete missions at different sites. You can unlock new challenges and choose different players as the game possesses.
The gameplay itself is fantastic for wii-gamers as it takes the idea of interactive gaming to a whole new level. The balance board makes this game the fun that it is, as it gives you a real sense of being on the snowboard.
The sensitive balance board recognises any shift in your weight and the position of your board will change accordingly immediately. That use of the balance boardtakes a little getting used to; and don't get too carried away and end up losing your balance (as I have a few times). Also be careful when jumping, as it's easy to get acrried away and actually jump on the board instead of shifting your weight!
All in all a good game, and for those non-serious gamers, it'll last you longer than 3 months.
I love this game! This is a fantastic addition to the collection of those people in posession of a wii balance board as it adds a bit more excitment when wii fit may become a little repetitive. The price from Amazon (17.99) was also very nice.
There is a great choice of music that you can snowboard to and a range of characters as well as camera men/women to choose from. The game can be as complicated as you want it to be; personally, I just choose any rider so that I can just get to the snowboarding, and the more into the game, the more fun it gets!
As you progress you will unlock new characters, new events, new locations and even new music! I was really pleased when I got to my first half pipe event : )
For Shaun White fans there are also frequent messages from Shaun for your character, some of which are pretty humorous and a nice touch I thought which remind the player of just how much Shaun White has actually contributed to this game.
My main reason for buying this game was to get an idea of snowboaring while getting some exercise. I have to say that, for those who maybe can't afford to have snowboadring lessons or go snowboarding in the alps, etc, this game really seems to be the next best thing and it does provide quite a work out from squatting and stretching. The determination to pull off moves and to complete tasks is also a good motivator in obtaining the most from this game work-out wise. Speaking to people that do snowboard regularly, they also seem to be fans and even suggest that it really isn't that far removed from the feeling you get from snowboarding and uses the same muscles.
All in all, I am extremely pleased with this game; I prefer it much more to the wii fit game, although that is fantastic for the varied sports which it offers, but this is certainly a great addition to that. My only criticism is that certain events seem to offer different music tracks, which means you can't always board to your preferred songs, but this is only a small criticism (and extra motivation to progress!) and it is great that you can pause and skip through the tracks on offer before you start boarding.
My brother and his wife also love this game and so I bought one for him also for his birthday! It is great for parties to get everyone relaxed and chatting and having fun; everyone wants a go and everyone seems to love it. It's certainly a great, fun product to share with family and friends! It's fab to be able to just snowboard when you feel like it! And maybe it will inspire people to get out there are board for real too!
Snowboarding with Shaun White!!!
After trying to get hold of this game for weeks we managed to order over the internet, it took two weeks to arrive and we very excitied put it straight away.
We have a Wii fit board so used it with that initially, but its very difficult to get used to using the balance board. We have tried it with just the remote which is a little better to use but to be honest the game itself is so boring.
Snowboarding as a sport is exciting, this game just doesnt match that. There was such a hype before we got the game and it had sold out in so many places, i think this is just down to the fact that Shaun White has put his name on the game. Nothing to do with game itself.
Big let down if im honest wouldnt recommend to anyone.
Save up and go snowboarding for real.
I was excited to hear that a Snowboard game was coming out for the Wii as i have just taken up the activity, and felt that i needed a bit more confidence to help me fly down the slopes. I already had the Wii fit board so i thought this would bring a new experience to the sometimes dull gameplaying world of previous snowboarding games.
I am happy to say that it does. The instruction book gives you detailed analysis of every move possible, and how to achieve it (leaning on tip toes, or your heels while pressing A or B) which comes in very useful for the game straight away. There's not a lot of free play, so i went straight in for the "career" mode where you are set different tasks to complete before you are jetsetting across the globe to another snowboard resort, where again different tasks are set.
There are many different tasks that are set. Some are to do with speed ie. 3 minutes to get down a slope; some are points based ie. score more than 2000 points, and some combine the two which is slightly harder.
The tricks are great to do and easy to achieve, and a combo makes them even better and the scoring higher. A little light lift of the knees is all it takes for you to make the person on the screen jump which is simple so you won't have to worry about breaking the board. This movement enables you to jump into a grind, or perform huge jumps.
This game is great for any snowboarder, or anyone who wants another game to have for the wii fit board , but i can't imagine it would be any good without the board.
I excitedly bought the wii fit the first day it came out, in fact I had even pre- ordered it. The one game I was antipating really enjoying with the wii fit was some kind of snowboarding or skiing game. The wii fit touches on this, in some short games, however this is the first snowboarding game that really uses the wii fit balance board to its full capacity. Don't get me wrong, you do not NEED the wii fit balance board to play this game, you can play it without, however you are missing out on a lot of fun!
This game features a variety of courses in different terrain to race down or complete with accuracy. Practise makes perfect and the more you play the more you get out of this game. Your character learns new moves the more you play and the more levels you can therefore unlock. As you play you can listen to music. The range of music you can listen to, and on what track you can listen to it also increases as you unlock more and more.
If you have the wii fit you play the game standing on the balance board, but you also use the wiimote buttons to perform tricks. The more elaborate tricks you do the more points you earn yourself.
I didn't find it too similar to actual snowboarding as you do not get the effect of the weight attached to your legs, but it is a fun game nonetheless.
Shaun White Snowboarding Road Trip is one of the few games that I bought for the Nintendo Wii lately. I will explain why later on. It is rated 3+, supports both the normal Wii Remote controller and also the Wii Fit Board. It is for 1-4 players and available for under £18 at the time of this review.
Now, the first reason I bought this is price. I normally only buy PS3 games lately, as the Wii games seem to only get played when new and then sit on the shelf. Thus I have set a £20 maximum on Wii games.
The main reason this was purchased is because you can get up out of your chair and control your character with the Wii Fit Board. It is almost as good with the regular controller, but if you have the Board it makes everything much more fun. The graphics are really cool, even the two player split screen mode works well (though you need two Boards to be fair). Controlling with the Board is easy, leaning backward and forward with your rear foot to turn. A little bounce on the board makes your character jump. You can still use the buttons on the Wii Remote, as these do grabs and tricks. The whole thing controls really well.
You start off controlling one player, then as you progress you unlock more characters and gear. It really is great fun. The Wii really does well with this sort of game and for under £20 it is a steal.
Shaun White snow boarding on Wii is an exciting game tht can be played with either the wrist controler or for much more excitment use the Wi balance board that comes with Wii fit. The balance board and game automatically sinc together so its real easy to get set up. You can select variuos characters to be within the game and there are a number of different courses and events such as downhill and slalom. Its quite tricky at first but easy to learn the actual boarding. To go faster you simply lean forward on the board, to slow down you lean back.
My son was part of a group of youngsters that trialed this game before it was released, each had to answer a set of questions daily for two weeks of playing via a blog on which they could intersct with each other to ask questions and make comments. Having read this regularly I can say that most comments were very positive. Graphics and sound are good. You can perform amazing tricks and race against your friends in parallel screen mode. Most youngsters were in agreement that the game was much more effective when using the balance board.
A friend who regularly goes snowboarding for real has played this game and he says it is very life like, the movements you have to perform are very like those in real snow boarding.
Its a great game and it looks good, you would need to buy the wii fit to get the full buzz out of it. I think people are going to be annoyed when they purchase this game too later play it and realize that you cant change clothes or go on free play. I can see why people do thier home work now before buying a game. Sounds like nintendo was a bit tight on thier budget for this game. However this is a really good game the balance board takes some time to get used to but is worth it in the end. The graphics are good especially the way the boarders clothes blow in the wind and gets covered in snow. Fun and addictive . You can change the location of where you snowboard and the better you do more slopes and locations open up so giving more choice of areas and slopes .
The Balance Board which comes as standard with Nintendo's 'Wii Fit' has potential uses in many computer games, and perhaps the most obvious (due to the fact that you can stand on it) is in the skateboard / snowboard genre.
Costing £17.99 from play.com, 'Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip' takes full advantage of the board - but does this make the computer game an essential purchase, or is the experience based on a gimmick?
There have been other titles which have utilised the same control method; 'Family Ski' which I previously reviewed, used the Balance Board to represent the Skiing experience, but failed as a game due to it's jagged graphics and slow, repetitive gameplay. Where Shaun White beats Family Ski (apart from on the graphical front), is in its 'trick system'. As well as merely snowboarding down the slopes, you can perform a series of outrageous moves from the multitude of ramps which line the downhill courses. A light jumping motion on the Balance Board will send your boarder even higher into the air, where you can experiment with nose-grabs, tail-grabs and a variety of other tricks. You can even perform 'grinds', where you glide on rails and lines of rocks, which is great fun.
Steering is done simply by placing your weight from the heels to the balls of your feet, which equates to left and right movement. Putting more weight on the front foot will increase your boarders speed, whilst back foot pressure will slow down your character. This control method certainly makes the game a lot of fun - and I think it does give a feeling of actually being on the slopes.
The single-player mode of the game places the player in a selected country (starting in Canada) with a range of challenges to complete. These generally involve collecting tokens on the way down the courses, attaining a certain score (through performing tricks), and racing against the clock. Once you have achieved a certain number of these challenges, you can progress to another country in order to take part in more of the same whilst unlocking new characters. This fairly straightforward gameplay style can be a little repetitive, but it is still fun traveling the world, seeing what the new courses entail.
Shaun White features a few different multiplayer modes which are fairly fun to play. One of which allows four players to enjoy the game in either a co-operative or competitive split-screen mode. Disappointingly, there is no online play, which generally comes as standard nowadays with next-gen titles.
Graphically, the game is very good, and probably pushes the Wii to its hardware limits. The snow-spray effects are especially impressive, and send a mist of powdery snow onto the camera lens each time your boarder falls over. There is also very little pop-up - which means you can see a long way into the distance as you hurtle down the slopes. Another nice touch is the addition of wildlife on the piste, for example, shooting down a mountain is even more fun when accompanied by a huge galloping moose!
Audio wise, Shaun White Snowboarding is pretty good. Following on the tradition of boarding games having excellent soundtracks, this title doesn't disappoint. Included amongst the games numerous songs are; Blue Öyster Cult's classic 'Don't Fear the Reaper', Audioslave's 'Gasoline', Gil Scott-Heron's 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised', Faithless' iconic dance number 'We Come1', plus many more tunes which add to the excitement of the snowboarding experience.
In conclusion, Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip represents a very good gaming experience, and is definitely the best title which utilises the Wii Fit Balance Board to date. This isn't just because of the novel control method, as playing simply with the Wii remote is great fun also.
On the downside, the game is quite short and has little depth beyond the unlocking of new courses, which won't take the experienced gamer that long. However, while it lasts, Shaun White is really good fun and I definitely recommend it whether you own the Balance Board or not. For adrenaline-junkies everywhere, give this one a go.
Everybody loves a road trip! You and your crew travel the world to participate in a variety of the fun and exciting events to become a world-renowned athlete. Hit the half-pipe competitions, race down the mountains, or just do some freeriding - there's plenty of boarding action to satisfy all your needs