Product Type: Electronic Arts PSP games
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A fine handheld game...
SSX On Tour (PSP)
Member Name: shaneo632
SSX On Tour (PSP)
Advantages: Visuals, gameplay
Disadvantages: Needs more tricking!
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.
Summary: A fine attempt!
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