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SSX Blur (Wii)

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Manufacturer: Electronic Arts / Genre: Sport

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      02.05.2009 20:33
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      A great game for both kids and adults.

      My kids only got the Nintendo Wii there at Christmas 2008, we got them a few games but after a while they were getting bored with the same games over and over, so they saved up their pocket money and decided to buy themselves a game. At first they couldn't decide which game to choose, they all have different game categories that they would prefer, the boys like games like wrestling and racing games, while my daughter likes High School Musical and Hannah Montana, so trying to get them to agree on a game that they all liked was a total nightmare.

      After quite a bit of time had passed we eventually came across SSX Blur, at last they all agreed on this game, they already had it for the Play station 2 and they really enjoyed playing it. So for £19.99 we bought the SSX Blur from Game, as we sat on the bus they got more and more excited they couldn't wait to get home and play the game.
      Loading the game

      Once the game has loaded on screen control instructions will appear, then you will come to the profile screen, here you can set up several different profiles, just by clicking on New Profile, then add your chosen profile name and save it.
      The next screen is split into 6 colored sections, giving six different choices, tutorials, multiplayer, career, quick play, options and extras

      Options to choose from
      By clicking on Extras you can view certain rewards that you have unlocked, the options sections allows you to check your music volume, see the controls or view your profiles.
      Once tutorial has been clicked this will open another split screen allowing you to choose which trick you wish to learn, you can choose from, snowballs, ubertricks, jumps, rails, spins, flips and groove system. You can practice each one as many times as you like.

      Multiplayer
      Multiplayer allows you and another player to play using a split screen, or you can choose the hot screen option and you can have up to 4 players playing the game.

      Career
      Once you click on the career option this will bring you to the characters which are available to use, the characters are like cartoon characters and there is four for you to choose from, the rest are locked and can be unlocked as you go through the different levels, once you have chose your character you can then choose whether they use a snowboard or skis, then your onto the mountain which you have to pick up collectables on the way down, after this you will do a race and depending how well you do you could unlock more stuff.

      Quick play
      Quick play allows you to play in certain events such as slope style, half pipe, slalom, race, big air event, free ride, and challenges once you have beaten your opponents your name will appear at the top of the leader board giving you the right to brag.

      Events
      Slope style
      Each event is totally different, in the slope style event is basically a free ride you are judged on the tricks you pull off, so you need to gather up as many points as you can to reach first place.

      Half pipe
      The half pipe event allows you to do tricks in the air and on the ground, but just watch the clock as if your time runs out your doomed.

      Slalmon
      In the slalom event you must do a bit of carving which is basically maneuvering through flags, it sounds quite easy but each time you miss a flag time is added on, if you manage not to miss any flags then you will end up with a gold medal.

      Race
      In the racing event you will be racing against others, you can attack your opponents by throwing snowballs at them or knocking them down, however if you knock one of your opponents down they will get revenge and come after you.

      Big Air
      The big air event is basically about doing as many tricks as you possibly can, adding points as you're going along.

      Free ride
      Here you can just take your time and explore the mountain, on the way down you can collect some goodies which will include Ubercollectables, once you have collected enough of these a ubertrick will be unlocked, other things that you could collect are 1 verses 1 challenges, this will allow you to go up against another SSX character and test your skills.

      Challenges
      Altogether there are 32 different challenges which are scattered all over the mountain, these can be found while you are free riding in the mountain. You can compete against others to win things like boards or skis this will help to improve your characters stats.

      Unlockables
      In career mode there are many unlockables for you to unlock such as tracks, characters, and outfits, once these have been unlocked they will also become available in the quick play option. They can be unlocked each time you do well in the career mode events.

      Other information about the game
      The game is a game from EA sports and as I have said it is a snowboarding game which is suitable for three years and above, you will need the Wii remote and the nunchuk controllers for playing this game. This game is available from most video game shops although the price may differ depending on where you go.

      My opinion
      Both myself and my kids really enjoy playing this game, we have had hours of fun racing down the mountain, however there are a few bad points to the game which are the controls are very hard to get used to and the ubertricks are extremely hard to pull off, they do need lots and lots of practice, but apart from these two small things everything else about the game is great, the graphics are excellent and the game is well worth the £20.00.

      Conclusion
      All and all we are all pleased with this game, I would give it an 8/10 rating, the reason I didn't rate higher is because it is supposed to be aged three years and over but it is quite difficult for the younger gamers. Great game highly recommended!!!

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        05.04.2007 01:25
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        Snow or ski, challenge and become no.1!

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        This review can also be found on my ciao.co.uk account.

        Released on the 16th March 2007, EA SPORTS' SSX Blur was the first sporting game I believed I could give credit to on the Wii. Featuring skiing and snowboarding, SSX have renovated and re-developed their game to suit the Wii and its controllers, as you carve your way through the snow. In this review, I shall talk about; my playing experience, the graphics, the packaging, 'Career Mode,' multiplayer features , why you need a wii, how it compares to previous SSX games and finally my overall impressions.

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        [-] Packaging & Price [-] 7/10
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        SSX Blur is currently priced at around £40 around the country, a price which is slightly higher than most Wii games out at the moment, though it is one of the few new games out. Bargains can always be found on websites like Amazon, though I advise waiting a couple of weeks or months to see whether or not the price will come down. The packaging of the game is pretty impressive with a cool design on the front showing one of the character's executing a trick, with a well-designed logo and background image. On the back are some screen-shots highlighting the smooth graphics and the range of things you can do whilst playing. Within the case there is the actual C-D and some booklets explaining how to play the game/set it up and a health and safety guide.

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        [-] Playing experience [-] 7/10
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        As soon as I started playing I was eager to begin racing and competing with others in it, but found that without completing all of the tutorials it just wasn't possible.. the game was just too hard! Though once you learn all the moves, (This takes around an hour,) you should enjoy carving it up in the snow. However, some things I found weren't so good, like the uber moves were too difficult to complete, as you had to draw shapes on screen whilst playing and I have never understood why you need to throw snowballs seeing as it is pretty hard to hit others on the screen.

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        [-] Graphics + Sounds [-] 7/10
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        As for the graphics they would not disappoint those who have witnessed previous Nintendo consoles, but for those who have observed the graphics of the SSX games on PS2, they are virtually the same. You will be pleased to know that the running of the game is extremely smooth with no hiccups as you ski or snowboard down the slopes and the graphics are ever so slightly better than the older versions. The background music throughout the game is extremely disappointing, much of a let down compared to SSX Tricky, there are no words to any of the songs and none of the noises are even recognisable. It just sounds so boring and doesn't match the competitive nature of skiing and snowboarding.

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        [-] Career mode [-] 5/10
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        The main basis of this game; the career mode. And what a let down it is. You just travel around looking for tournaments and races, without any purpose to the game at all..I'm often thinking to myself 'What is the point of doing all this?' Well basically, from what I am able to take from playing, you are supposed to enter in tournaments to improve your rank and enable you to increase some of your stats, whether it is edging, speed, boost, tricks etc. But when it comes to rankings, I really don't understand the point, I mean I'm already ranked number 1 after around 2 tournaments...so what's the point in me going any further? Well anyway, the tournaments consist of a range of events which require you to either find the most and best shortcuts of a slope and finish first, or complete the best tricks with ubertricks earning the most. Also there are occasionally slaloms, where you ski/snowboard between flags on a slope in the quickest time, adding a bit of skill to a race, though pretty difficult to control yourself through the flags. Overall, the career mode is pretty bored and extremely repetitive.

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        [-] Multiplayer [-] 6/10
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        Again the multiplayer was quite a let down especially compared to previous games. There is only space for 2 people to play at once which is annoying if you are in a big group of people and have to play separately, if there are 4 people you can play but only in 'Hotseat' mode. This means that you just basically play a race or trickshow completely separately. Even the 2 player mode is pretty poor, with no-one to compete with but the other person, whereas in the game SSX Tricky you could compete with computer opponents and your human opponent at the same time, so that instead of just finishing second, you could finish rock bottom at 8th.

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        [-] Why do you need Wii [-] 6/10
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        You don't essentially need the wii, it only makes some of the movements more enjoyable and active though it is feasable to play on the gamecube with an analogue controller. To turn in the snow you tilt the nunchuck left or right for big turns, and for small turns you move the analogue stick left or right. The Z button helps you speed up when you obtain boost and lets you grip onto your snowboard whilst in the air or pick up snow to chuck at others during the game. The C button helps you turn around, when on skis you are often turned around. To jump, you flick the nunchuck up and there is virtually no need to use the wii remote, as it is only needed to complete tricks. But when you do the tricks, they do make it a little more enjoyable and creative, with tricks ranging from the simple spins to uber tricks. You then use the A or B button to land safely. Overall, the tricks are quite complicated taking around an hour to get the grips of and it is not really essential to have a wii to play, using a Gamecube should be enjoyable enough.

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        Well most other SSX games beat this hands down. Hopefully this is just a flop because it is the first game on a new console and therefore will improve in the future. Compared to SSX Tricky, SSX Blur definitely has a clearer purpose with an easy to follow 'storyline.' The soundtrack really has been ruined, multiplayer is a lot less fun, the graphics were nearly the same, the playing experience was worse also. Admittedly, the packaging has improved a lot in style, but at around £10 SSX Tricky would seem more worthwhile at the moment.

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        [-] Overall impressions [-] 6/10
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        Overall, I feel that although this game certainly has its weaknesses, my review is kind of biased as I have witnessed the previous games and therefore can compare them. For those who have yet to experience the delight, you should find yourself entertained because, let's face it, skiing and snowboarding is amazing!! So I would recommend this to any owner of a wii or Gamecube, but I would probably advise others to wait a while for the price to drop. Also, I would only purchase this game if you have the patience to learn the controls and be over the age of around 5, due to the complexity of controls.

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        By Andrew Powell ........ 10/10?

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        SSX Blur is everything you expect from the franchise, delivered in a totally unexpected way. Revolutionary controls take full advantage of the Wii's potential by putting you in total command of your skier or rider, on-the-ground and in-the-air, by translating every motion you make into the skills that create mountain legends. One of your hands controls you as you tear down the mountain; the other hand unleashes your virtually unlimited array of aerial manoeuvres. This is the soul of SSX, remixed, re-energized, and fully realized.