SSX3

Review

posted 11/20/2003 by Matt Mirkovich
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One Page Platforms: PS2
Now I’m not one to throw around such buzz phrases as “Game of the Year” and I’ve never had to gall to dare say “Game of the Console” but dear readers after almost 50 hours of SSX 3 I must say that it is one of the greatest games I have ever played and is quite possibly the best PS2 game I have ever played. “Have I gone insane?” you may be thinking, well the answer is quite possibly yes, I’m absolutely in love with this game and I’ll tell you why, so brace yourself you’re in for quite a ride.

I remember when the PS2 first came out, SSX was THE killer app at the time amid a weak line up of launch titles, but the easy gameplay mechanics and over the top visuals of SSX helped propel it to legendary status almost overnight. The semi-sequel SSX Tricky came in like a snowstorm a year later with better visuals, better sound thanks to Run DMC and also included a little something called Uber Tricks, insane special moves that required insane amounts of air to pull off. Now with the newest addition to the SSX family you get it all, better graphics, an excellent soundtrack, a host of new moves, and a lovable cast of characters.

For the third go around we’re given four new characters. There is the new female, Allegra Sauvagess, who’s out to replace current SSX blonde bombshell Elise Riggs, the man who knows mountains like the back of his hands, Nate Logan, you’ve got Griff Simmons, a 13-year-old snowboarding prodigy, and lastly the man who’s too sexy for the mountain Viggo Rolig. In addition to these four newbies you’ve got Elise, Zoe, Kaori, Mac, Moby, and Psymon rounding out the cast. There are also a good number of hidden characters to unlock, some of whom make a cameo from other EA Big sports titles. Of course most of the times I wouldn’t give two shakes about characters in an extreme sports game, like say Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, because the people really seem to have no personality, but in the SSX world the personality comes at you like an avalanche, and to top it all off you can customize your character with a ton of purchasable items along with the ability to purchase stat points to make your rider more competitive on the slopes.

This year’s courses take place on one mountain with three peaks as opposed to various points across the world. The difference between the three peaks is immediately noticeable just by watching the opening video. Peak one takes it nice and easy with some nice mile high jumps and gentle curves. Peak two steps it up a notch and puts you on the mountain that is going to feel overwhelming at first but after a while it will feel like a second home. Lastly you’ve got peak three, and if you’re thinking about venturing up here then you better have brought your Sunday best because you’re going to need every ounce of skill in order to take on some of the challenges this mountain is going to throw at you. When I say challenges I mean it too, some of them will have you scratching your head in wonder on how to get a gold medal in these events.
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