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I love the SSX games on the PS2, and thought it might lend itself well to a handheld version, so gave it a go, in SSX On Tour.
Like the previous games, this is an exhilarating snowboarding game that allows you to traverse icy tundras at breakneck speeds, while trying to outdo your fellow racers and reach the finish line first. The levels are incredibly well designed, making this a fun experience whether you're more a racer or a tricker type. The only major gripe to speak of is an occasionally clunky camera system, which will change without warning and cause you to lose your sense of direction. Tricking is my favourite part of the game, but you have to balance the risk against the reward: a big trick can mean 10,000 points, but it can also cause you to spill and then lose valuable seconds.
Graphically, it is a rather good game despite not really requiring much detail. The snow particles look very good for a PSP game, and the quality of both the physics and animation is very robust. Flying down a mountain has never looked so good in the palm of your hand. Aurally, the soundtrack is fairly standard EA Trax stuff, but you do get a few classic tunes from the likes of Motorhead, while the sound effects aren't especially important, but they do the job well enough.
There's not much to a game like SSX, but it's still rather addictive. I just wish you could pull off a greater variation of tricks, because that's my favourite part of the game by far, and it is a touch limited. Still, in filling the little handheld snowboarding niche, SSX aptly does the job.
Having played on the SSX series on the PS2 on games such as SSX Tricky I thought that this game was a must for me. I bought this game from HMV originally for £30 but you can now get it for around £5 on Play.com. It was released in October 2005 and the gameplay was considered to be very similar to that of SSX 3.
I have been really pleased with this game because it has delivered everything that I had hoped. Being on the PSP with a less powerful processing system I was expecting the gameplay to be limited and the overall quality of the game to be worse. In actual fact I found the gameplay to be superb and it really did deliver beyond my expectations and as a result I found myself playing on it for a long time!
The game is about trying to create a name for yourself and generally rising the ranks by attempting new harder and faster courses. I loved the way that you can choose to be either a board or ski as it gave the game versitility. The gameplay really is fun with the responsive controls and the ability to perform a large variety of tricks. The graphics are very impressive, especially for a PSP game and it really does add to the quality of the overall gameplay.
There is indeed a multiplayer feature that exists which allows you to play one on one with your friends wirelessly whih really is great fun. There isn't an online multiplayer mode which I wasn't so keen on and it really would have made the game better.
The soundtrack is very cool and is well themed with the rest of the game, there are many unlockables available and there is a large variety of races and tracks that you can do, which gives the game a long gameplay lifetime. I really do think that this is an excellent game and if you havn't tried an SSX game before then definately do because the series is fantastic. This game is no exception and the performance that is available on the PSP really is excellent and will have you very impressed. I hope this was useful and thank you very mcuh for reading!
I thought this game was fantastic. It has kept me busy on many a long journey and kept me up late at night. I took it away with me at christmas after not playing it for a long time as i had completed it about a year ago. I didnt lose interest in playing the game again. I really love this game because i am a keen skiier and snowboarder myself so it makes the game more exciting knowing that you can so some of the things that you are making your character do. I prefer this version of the game compared to SSX3 because you have the option to be a skiier or a boarder and you can still do all the mountain on both skiis and board. I would recommend this game to all ages! I think it would be best suited to children over 10 years old...and the age limit is 110!
Having owned my psp for a good few months i was starting to want a different flavour from wipeout and ridge racer.
Id been into snowboarding games since the cool boarders series on ps1 and had owned ssx tricky on xbox so i was looking forward to the trick modes and the almost endless challenges it presents.
The game has great presentation,the menus feature music and images all related and gitting with snowboard culture,its easy to navigate though what you want to do and all in all a nice piece of game design.
There are several types of game to play,from downhill ski and snowboard racing to half pipe tricks and boardercross.
The idea is that you are an up and coming boarder and you have to compete aginst other boarders to progress up the ranks until youre number one.
At first you only have the choice of one game type,a down hill board race,straight away you notice the great graphics with colours and shapes all very nicely represented,the gameplay is also great,the controls are easy to grasp yet difficult to master,you can pull off simple tricks but you have to work for the really big tricks!
Going through the game there is a slight feel of repition,but this is expected as theres only a certain amount of ways you can get to the base of a mountain.
Theres enough new things to see and do to keep you coming back and the soundtrack is great featuring artists such as the futureheads.
With lovely graphics,nimble controls and an intuitive menu system this game is well worth the money if you are into a mix of racing and tricks.