Publisher: EA Sports Big
Developer: EA Canada
Genre: Arcade Snowboarding
|FIMP: SSX 3 [GCN]|
I think my first impressions with SSX 3 can be summed up with this: if my sister, who hasn't touched a videogame controller since whuppin' my arse with Chun Li in 1992, is once again addicted to video games, then SSX 3 must be a damn good game. (Then again, my sister is a snowboarding freak. But still. It says something.)
The most important thing for me that I must say is that, while playing this game, I never suffered the Tony Hawk Blister effect. Perhaps this is because EA Big games base their trick system on the shoulder buttons, but it works, dammit. And it's blissfully simple to learn. I was pulling off crazy uber tricks in no time.
That doesn't mean the game is for pansies. (And before you say anything, my sister was pretty good at games before she stopped playing.) While it's easy to pick up and learn, it's damned hard to master. It's so easy to get greedy while holding tricks or trying to pile on grabs and tweaks that you'll forget to land straight. You'll have a hair-pulling time trying to stay in bounds and not fly all over the mountain. And, you'll grimace as other computer-controlled racers punch your lights out in the middle of a heated race.
The big change from the other SSX games to SSX 3, or so I've heard and read, is the fact that the big mountain that the entire game takes place on is a nearly seamless experience. I like this. Although my snowboarding escapades never escape the fall-on-my-rear type, it just feels so natural in SSX 3 to transport from peak to peak, run to run, and not have to wait for each little race to load. One of them professional gaming sites gave SSX 3 a Technological Achievement award for Streaming Data to provide that experience... er, that's a kinda stupid award for the game if you ask me, but their analysis of the technology and its benefit is agreeable: it does give me, personally, a better gameplaying experience.
No doubt I will be addicted for the next week. I will be back with a full review if I ever (a) get the skills to beat the game and (2) pull myself away from the durn controller.
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