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EA Sports has successfully revived NBA JAM. They have successfully revived NFL Blitz. Now they are on the path to revive SSX. Will it be successful? Oh yes, we get Tricky with our SSX review. The core of SSX is the snowboarding. There are three main kinds of modes - Race It, Trick It, and Survive It. They are just like they sound too. Get to the bottom first, do the most tricks, and actually make it to the bottom alive.

Rarely is there just one path down the mountain in SSX. There are more than multiple paths. There are mountains. The area players can go is large. I love boarding down these mountains looking for the snowflakes, and something different from an area I had not previously explored. The Explore Mode is the best in SSX in my opinion. There are over 150 drop sites for the player.

I have been following the screen shots in the FFG magazine for some time now. They make SSX look fantastic. The reason for that is this home console game looks great. There are all kinds of things going on in SSX. From trees, to jumps, to poles to grind on. I found power lines, and rail road tracks in this downhill title. The difference between powder and ice is distinguishable in SSX. Players can hit things like trees, and fall. Thankfully SSX is about speed and getting us right back into the action.

The music in SSX woke me up. I found some songs I enjoyed and others I was not fond of. EA Sports is smart about this, and lets players turn off songs they do not like. The tutorial does a fantastic job of explaining how to play SSX. I also appreciate how the difficulty level is tapered to allow us to learn the skills we need to compete.

The Playstation 3 version of SSX includes Mt Fuji. That will drive many gamers to that version. The World Tour includes nine other areas for players to explore, trick, and race in. Online modes abound in SSX. Players can compete against their friends or complete strangers. Characters in SSX level up as the player does well. There are also items that can be purchased that improve the players skills. SSX is one of those games that can easily be played for a month or two.

The controls are the true marvel of SSX. The two main controls are the left and right analog sticks. There are buttons used for tricks, and rewinding; but the two analog sticks are what are used most often. If you want classic SSX controls then EA Sports has you covered as well. I can tell that EA Sports put a lot of thought into SSX. They made it approachable by all. They provided upgrades but do not force gamers to use them.

If you do not land properly then you lose the tricks performed in the air. This is a great lesson to all of us to finish the race well. We can do all kinds of wonderful things, but if we miss the landing we negate what we just did. That is the biggest lesson I learned from SSX. I also learned to wear armor while flying through a forest at night. Those Survival levels are insane.

EA Sports has successfully revived the SSX franchise. This is a game that all kinds of different families, and all kinds of different gamers can enjoy.
- Frank


Graphics: 78%
Sound: 70%
Replay/Extras: 87%
Gameplay: 90%
Family Friendly Factor: 74%
System: Playstation 3/Xbox 360
Publisher: EA Sports
‘E’- Everyone
{Mild Lyrics, Mild Violence}

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