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Snowboarding like a Pro
Shaun Palmer's Pro Snowboarder (PS2)
Member Name: loulou22
Shaun Palmer's Pro Snowboarder (PS2)
Advantages: Snowboarding fun.
Shaun Palmer's Pro Snowboarder. Playstation 2
Being a big fan of snowboarding, I have purchased and played many snowboarding games, one of the most enjoyable ones for me is Shaun Palmer's Pro Snowboarder on the Playstation 2.
Shaun Palmer's Pro Snowboarder comes in a normal Playstation 2 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.
Shaun Palmer's Pro Snowboarder is based in the settings of real mountains and each slope that you will play on will have its own set of goals you will need to complete to finish the level. Goals can include things like collecting icons, doing certain tricks and snowboarding through arches. Other parts of the level can involve you riding a snowmobile instead of your snowboard, I particularly like this for if I mess up doing one of the goals as I can swap to the snowmobile and go back to the top and try again.
At the bottom of the mountain you can either snowboard right to the end which will end your turn on the mountain and show you a summary of your performance, or you can veer towards the ski lift which will transport you to the top of the mountain to have another run down. As far as I am aware there are no limits to how often you can go back to the top, I have done this numerous times and so far I have never reached any limits. There is also a very handy ski lift about halfway down the mountain which will also transport you back to the top of the mountain, I find this handy if I am trying to do one of the goals that starts near the top as it means if I go wrong I don't have to wait until I get to the bottom to try again.
Performing the tricks in Shaun Palmer's Pro Snowboarder is relatively easy and mainly a case of combining button pressing with the direction you wish to move on the D pad. Having played quite a few snowboarding and skateboarding games before I played Shaun Palmer's Pro Snowboarder I found the controls for pulling off tricks and grinds on the rails pretty easy to pick up. They do vary slightly in the fact that the L and R buttons on the top of the Playstation 2 controller are hardly used and the first few times I played I did find myself trying to do tricks in the same way as on games such as Cool Boarders. 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.
The game play and graphics are really smooth and the sound effects of the board on the snow are actually really realistic, almost like the real thing. The animations of the boarders are really good and like in a lot of games I play I love the fact that you can play with your boarder and customise him or her. You can also customise and design your own board, which usually takes me more time than playing the actual game as I enjoy it so much.
While you are snowboarding down the mountain you will have a soundtrack featuring songs from artists such as Papa Roach and Alien Ant Farm. Personally I enjoy this music so I don't mind it playing while I play the game, however there is an option to adjust the music volume and you can also choose a particular song off the soundtrack if you prefer.
** Price and Availability **
Shaun Palmer's Pro Snowboarder is available on play.com for around £1.50 pre-owned, which is a complete bargain!
** My Experience and Opinion **
I love my snowboarding and I love my snowboarding games, I find playing Shaun Palmer's Pro Snowboarder to be great fun and it makes me want to strap my feet onto a snowboard and get on a mountain myself. I think this is a really enjoyable game, a must have for any snowboarder but also great fun for any non-snowboarder too.
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: A game that makes me wish I was in the mountains!
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