== Shaun White Snowboarding ==
Shaun White Snowboarding is a video game based on Shaun White and snowboarding (he does snowboarding and skateboarding professionally). Shaun White Snowboarding is available on a wide range of consoles and other features including PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Nintendo DS, PC and of course the Xbox 360. It is also available for iOS. All of the Shaun White games were developed by Ubisoft. Ubisoft have been a top development team in the gaming industry for many years. Some of their biggest titles include Rayman, Prince Of Persia, Assassins Creed and the Tom Clancy games. Its very rare to see Ubisoft create a snowboarding game. In Shaun White Snowboarding you play as an unknown character and Shaun himself takes you under his wing and teaches you everything you will need to know. As you start to play the game you receive missions and other objectives but these just appear on your map. There isn't a huge and interesting story to the game, after all its just a snowboarding game. Also on your story you will meet a group of random people from different places in the world. These people own their own mountains which you can gain access to later on and each character has different missions and also offer you some new skills. That is pretty much it for the story of the game.
=== Gameplay ===
Shaun White Snowboarding has some okay gameplay features but the game does become quite repetitive. Most snowboarding games are similar to this one and it doesn't really offer anything new. When you first put on the game it takes you straight into the only playable offline mode. The goal for this mode is to visit each country accessible and complete all the required missions and also find all the tokens you need. Tokens are spread throughout the mountains in some very tricky areas. There are 5 different mountains to play on with well over 100 different missions. Your snowboarder can free roam around the mountain looking for the missions. As your searching on or off your snowboard you can find many things. If you choose to snowboard around the mountain, there are many slopes and rails to use to get your points up. Do tricks when hitting jumps or grind on rails for a score. I love the fact that all the mountains are covered in snow and look great plus round every corner there are lots of different jumps. As you progress further in the game you can buy new equipment for your snowboarder. You can also buy different tricks. To get your money for all of these fantastic items and abilities you need to complete your missions.
When on free roam you will notice lots of different snowboarders on the mountain with you. You can throw snowballs at these guys to make a little bit more in terms of points. Also as your free roaming around the mountain you will come across many different challenge markers. The challenge markers you find will increase your cash if you successfully do what is required. To get in the challenge just ride up to them with your board. There are many different challenges on the game but most are what you find on other snowboarding games. The Big Air challenge is to see who gets the most air and the best score in a short time limit. Jibfest is a challenge which is based on score and your goal is to score more than your opponents but the only way you can score points is by rail tricks and box tricks. If your not familiar with all the tricks, the game does offer tutorials as you play. Half-Pipe challenge only counts air tricks for score and you must beat the target score in the time limit. There are a whole lot of different challenges available in the game and most of them involve racing, doing tricks or beating a certain score in a certain time limit.
Shaun White Snowboarding has a dodgy rail balancing meter. When your grinding on a rail with your snowboard the meter appears at the bottom of your screen, however its very awkward to keep the bar in the center to keep your balance. You can also get off your snowboard at any time by pressing a button. This enables you to run to higher ground and start other missions or collect tokens. You can also get style bonuses which depends on how many tricks you can string together in one run. The game doesn't offer a whole lot in terms of gameplay but its nothing really bad. The only problem I had with the gameplay is that its just the same as all the other snowboarding games that are available. All the challenges are roughly the same, the story is very similar and this game would of been much better with something different added into it. Overall I was a little let down with all the gameplay features to Shaun White Snowboarding and I feel the Shaun White Skateboarding game was much better.
=== Graphics & Sound ===
Shaun White Snowboarding has some of the best graphics to a snowboarding game I have seen. The design layouts of each mountain look incredible and they all look completely different. In the snowboarding game Amped 3 each mountain looks similar to the other ones but on this game they all look different and unique. All of the characters are nicely designed but they seem to look even better when you can buy all of the good clothes and boards for them. Also when you hit the high jumps the view looks beautiful and this makes the game feel slightly better. Overall the graphics to the game aren't bad and could be one of the best bits about the game. Now the sound effects are pretty good. The music to the game is brilliant its a mixture of everything for everyone. It has some brilliant songs on the game and the music plays as your zooming down the mountain. The overall sound effect to the game are also pretty good. All the characters are voiced by actors. Overall the sound of the game is great, the sound of the wind brushing past you as your boarding down the mountain is perfect and the sound the tricks make are brilliant and make the game stand out a lot more than it does. Overall both of these aspects to the game are pretty well designed and are probably the best thing about it.
=== Difficulty & Longevity ===
The game isn't that difficult to be perfectly honest and its no way near as big as a snowboarding game should be. Yeah there are over 100 missions but each one are usually over within a couple of minutes. Also the game only takes roughly around the 15 hours mark to complete it fully and I feel that is very disappointing for a snowboarding game. There are 47 achievements in total and most of them are fairly time consuming and quite tricky to get. Amped 3 was a much better snowboarding game and lasted me almost 40 hours and that game came with an editor mode to make your own mountain. The game isn't really difficult and to be honest the hardest thing about it are the missions. While there not very long some of them can take more than one go to complete. For example each time you fail a mission you have to keep retrying it until you do it. The controls are simple to navigate with. I would have to say the hardest part of the game is finding and acquiring the tokens even though they are pointed out on your map thats located in the bottom right hand corner of your game screen. I do feel the game would of benefited more if it had more game modes to make the game last much longer. Overall the game is easy and suitable for most but it is severely let down by the length of it.
=== Good Bits ===
*Some great graphics and some top quality sound effects especially the music to the game.
*The mountains are quite big and full with lots of objects to do your tricks on.
*You can invite your friends to the mountain your on and ride around doing stuff. 16 players can be in your game at once.
*Lots of different clothing can be bought for your character and there are a wide range of different boards available to buy.
*The game is going fairly cheap at the minute.
=== Bad Bits ===
*The game is to similar to other snowboarding games and it doesn't offer anything different.
*The overall length of the game is really poor and it would be much better with more game modes.
*There isn't any actual multiplayer modes and its only free roaming.
*Amped 3 is a far better snowboarding game and its also cheaper than Shaun White Snowboarding.
=== Final Thought ===
Shaun White Snowboarding isn't the best game Ubisoft have created but its certainly not the worst. I do feel that most of the game is free roaming and I also believe most of the fun in the game is in free roam when your not doing any missions. The only downside is you need to go further in the story to actually get new mountains unlocked. The game lacks game modes for online play. If the game actually had one half decent online mode for people to play against each other then the game would certainly be a lot better. There are leaderboards on Xbox Live but thats only to compare your mission scores with other gamers and more importantly your friends. The gamer manual is a complete waste in my opinion. It offers very little in terms of information and it lacks everything a gamer manual should be.
I bought the game for £4.97 from Amazon and I do feel for an Xbox 360 game, that is incredible value for money. Although its not a fantastic game I still get some fun out of it and for a small fee its got to be worth it right? The game is going for a little cheaper now in shops and on Amazon. I have seen the game selling for roughly the £4 mark in my local game shop. Although thats second hand I think its cheap enough. The game is going for £15 brand new and for that price I would say its not worth it at all. I would recommend the game if your a fan of snowboarding games. The game has a rating of 3+ which is probably about right and the game can be enjoyed by the younger gamers as well. Overall its not the best snowboarding game and to be honest its similar to most of them that are available but I would give Shaun White Snowboarding an overall rating of 6/10!
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I thought that Shaun White Snowboarding would be like Skate on ice so traded in some of my old games for it. Getting it home I was amazed by the graphics and the stunning detail put into the 4 mountains you will shred. There are several different types of challenges but in many ways they are the same. By this I mean that they all want you to do tricks in the same kind of area but the type of trick is what makes the challenges different.
I still loved the game as I enjoyed pulling of amazing combos and searching for hidden areas in the sandbox environment but this soon got very boring and you know all the best moves from the beginning so there is no reason to play on.
This game would have been better if you started of with basic moves and learnt more as the game continues. the online of this game shows that the makers are just lazy. all you can do is invite your friend to board down the mountain with you or take part in one of the boring comps. this really is not alot of fun and i fail to see why there are not any other online modes.
the whole aim of the game is to complete shauns quests and they take about 3 hours game time to complete. thats right you dont even need to do any of the challenges to complete the game just collect coins to give to shaun to unlock "super powers". in all this game is boring and silly but good for a play every so often. if you see this game cheap pick it up as it is full of trophies.
this is the first game in what i'm sure is bound to be another snowboarding franchise. to be honest i was quite excited about this title having been a huge fan of the ssx and ampted series and was hoping with the pro boarder shaun white's name lent to the title, that this would be a more serious simulation offer.
the style of the game is that you are given a chance to design a boarder with various ranges of the latest brands to attire you're character. you are then set of the slopes of one of the four mountains on offer. the boarding is non liniar as you can get a chopper or ski lift to take you up the mountain, when there you can literally free roam to anywhere you please as you make your way down. this is a big plus as there are no end to the numbers of different routes you can choose to explore.
as you race down there are a numbers of challengers you can take including points challenges, races etc. to progress the game you are required to collect tockens that are hidden around the mountain. once you have collected all 4 on the mountain you unlock the next on and so on and so forth. this is where the game really lets itself down. the tokens are often in the places where you have to be near perfect to get to with means the learning curve is very steep. the remaining challages are pretty run of the mill and too be honest, rather boring.
the main problem with this game is that i just really felt there was nothing that compelled me to want to play it. there was none of that addictivness that the tony hawks, ssx etc titles were so great for. the rewards from having a free roam down the mountain and challenges just don't seem worth it, they are not enough. you get the sense that you're slogging your guts out trying to progress in the game and you're getting nowhere.
my advice would be to listen to the professional reviewers at ign & co = this is at best and average game that should be avoided if the price is anywhere above £20.
I purchased Shaun White Snowboarding a couple of weeks back now.. I was trading in a bunch of games at my local GAME store and figured I should probably cut my losses and trade them in for some more current and up to date games. Whilst there I bought Top Spin 3, Skate 2 and this - Shaun White Snowboarding.
Me and my family are frequent snow chasers and dash off to the slopes every year for a week or skiing. Whilst I love skiing, I have always had an itching desire to try my hand at snowboarding - the 'cooler' more 'flashier' way of bombing down a mountainside at break neck speeds. Having said this I love to watch snowboarding highlights and contests on TV or the internet. I find it fascinating how someone can, A, have the patience to learn how to do all the flip thingymajigs, and B, how someone can have the balls to attempt it in the first place!
Welcome to my review of Shaun White Snowboarding on the XBOX 360.
If you haven't already heard of Shaun White then let me fill you in on some of his details...
Shaun is one of those people that you hate to be able to call 'multi talented'. Not only has he won a multitude of awards and medals, including Olympic gold, within his very short (he is only 21) snowboarding career, he has also won a gold, silver and bronze at the x-games for skateboarding. Like I said, one of those annoying folk that can do anything and everything we can't do! Oh yes and of course, now he has his own video game named after him... Brilliant. That's even more annoying.
~~ The Game ~~
The game itself is set on four individual, somewhat different mountains. 3 of which are fictional and one is real. The mountains are huge, to put it simply. You have absolute free reign as to where you want to travel and how long you want to take to get there. I will delve in to detail further on about all these features. You start the game by instantly being confronted by a create-a-player function in which you can customise your riders physical looks (minimally) but also your riders clothing and equipment. This part seems great at first when you see the extent of how much clothing there is to purchase, but then you begin to realise that once you have found an outfit and board set up you like, there is no need to change it later along in your career unless you want to purchase an upgraded board for speed or mobility. Nonetheless, this make shift shop does do its job sufficiently. Now, starting the game with a create-a-player interface sent alarm bells ringing in my head and to my disbelief after a quick scan of the back of the disk case, there was no console multiplayer available. The only option you have for multiplayer is online. I felt this to be a great dissapointment, this being because I had in mind that I would be able to host evenings with a bunch of my friends and race down the mountains together... Guess not. But moving past this set back you then get taken to a short cut scene hosted by our friend, Shaun White. (Now he's even featured IN the game. He's not just the cover boy any more... Depressing) In this cut scene you are introduced to 3 people who act as friends, or guides in my opinion, and you are also introduced to a lovely (by that I mean - The most annoying thing invented for a sports video game, EVER) goal system whereby you are given the challenge of collecting all the coins, or Euro's on the mountain. But what's your reward for collecting all these I hear you say? Well, your reward is that you get to do it all over again on the other 3 mountains! Yay :) :)
The most annoying thing about this challenge is that navigating across a massive amount of mountain with a board strapped to your feet to reach these precious little gems is incredibly infuriating. So much so that I tended to abandon the idea and simply bomb it down the mountain until I (eventually) reached the bottom. Once I had done so, I was then able to either take the chairlift back up to a desired point, or ask the kind helicopter lady (one of our lovely 3 friends - Gosh aren't we popular) to give us a quick ride to the top of the mountain, where I could do it all over again. The helicopter idea is actually a very nice touch. It makes sure that you have a quick and safe (don't want to be falling off those chairlifts now) journey to the highest point. At the top of the mountain looking back down is actually quite a spectacular site. You are able to appreciate the sheer size of the mountain you are precariously perched on top of.
Another handy little mechanism incorporated in to this game is the ability of your rider being able to mount and dismount their board in order to walk around to access those hard to reach spots. Granted it could take you half an hour to walk to the spot, but its better then having to reach the bottom, getting the chairlift back up and having another crack at aiming in the right place. The get off and walk feature does have it's uses though so it is a good addition to the game.
Throughout the vast extent of snow you will encounter a number of different events littered around the slopes for you to compete in. These include short (sometimes long) races against other riders on the mountain and mini trick events. Whilst these events are all well and good, they do not provide much excitement for the user. One thing, however, does add a little bit of enjoyment and happiness to the mix - The ability to throw snowballs at your competition, either when at a stand still or whilst on the move. Your not limited to just during competitions either, so you can terrorise learner snowboarders on the slopes all day and then pick off your rivals in a race later on. This feature in fact is one of the main reasons why I continued to play this game for a while (sad I know, but true). It's all fine and dandy nailing a perfect flip, but it sure as heck doesn't compare to nailing your buddy with a face full of snow just before he lands the trick to win the competition.
Now of course when I say buddy, I am now talking about the online side of play in this game. Online gives us the ability to race and compete against up to 16 other players at the same time. This mode actually does bring this game to life somewhat especially when coupled with the snowball pie.
Graphically this game is relatively impressive. The surroundings all look incredibly realistic and detailed. Especially when you have just been dropped off by our chopper gal at the peak of the mountain, it really feels authentic and, well, quite stunning. Whilst you are swooshing down the mountain you will notice some frame rate issues that unfortunately never seem to go away. Also sometimes when you get off your board and enter the realms of walking around (which by the way no one else seems to do in this game, you start to feel like a Martian after a while) half your body will appear to vanish. Whether this is supposedly your legs sinking in to the snow I don't know. But it sure does look like you have suddenly been made in to a dwarf without your consent.
The actual presentation of this game is quite nicely done. The menus look nice and are easy to navigate, not that there's many menus in need of navigation but rest assured, they are simple enough to manage. The music is also well selected with a good range of genres available. In your players personal shop you will find a whole wealth of official snowboarding gear direct from the top manufacturors of clothing and equipment which gives this game a nice authentic touch. The controls are pretty simple to acclimatise to and most people should have no trouble at all getting used to them. the main reason for this being the fact that there simply is not a great selection of tricks to be completed. Really it is just variations of spinning round in circles and making yourself dizzy whilst hopefully stopping in time before you 'wipe out'. Crashing in this game is not something to be sort after. There is no great tumble or endless rolling and flipping until all your riders bones are broken. Oh no, in this game we get face plants, and lots of similar ones too. Having said this, this is probably not a bad thing considering the game has a certificate of 3+ ... Oops, sorry kids.
Drawing this review to a close, I think you can probably tell I wasn't so keen on this game. For the first hour or so I was prepared to navigate the large mountains for the coins and filter through a huge amount of clothing until I found one I liked. But after that, playing this game felt more like a chore than than I was playing a video game. Granted, the online play is decent and the graphical presentation of the mountains is pretty spectacular at moments, but the lack of depth and originality makes me wish I hadn't wasted my time with this game. It just did not manage to grab my attention in any way shape or form. Oh except for the snowballs...
I bought this game for £20 brand new and i was not dissapointed. This game offers all sorts of different challenges and races as you work through the career before you meet Shaun White for a showdown at the end. When i was playing this game i really enjoyed being able to roam the mountains and do what i want, when i want. This game has many different options for kitting out your rider with different boards, clothes and backpacks. More accessories can be downloaded form the xbox live marketplace along with new mountains for you to explore. The best feature on this game is the xbox live mode, you can choose which mountain you want to ride on and then compete agianst other people in all of the challenges and races that are available. The graphics are very good througout this game and i was very impresssed with the overall quality of the game. Most of the achievements in this game are easy to get so you can add to your gamerscore very quickly with this game.
See you on the mountain, thats what you will be saying to your friends after you play this for the first time.
For any snowboarders, this is a brilliant computer game for those boring summer months where there is a lack of snow.
The graphics of this game are superb, with boards and products such as bindings, jackets and saloppettes looking stunning, and with so many real names such as Burton you can customise yourself to your actual set-up.
Ride around on your board, exploring your playground hitting huge air, or lengthy grinds along with unlocking special abilities.
Pull off tricks of all kind and prove your the king of the mountain.
Visit park cty, alaska, japan or europe and complete Shauns challenges and win competitions as you seek to be as good as Shaun.
When playing online, you can meet up with other boarders and ride together, or smack them with a sneaky snowball and leave them in your wake.
Whether it is your interest or not, this game is easily enjoyable and many skateboarders will also love this game, as well as people who want to give a different game a try.
A good purchase for less than £30.