A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players can choose a male or female snowboarder with varying body types and faces. Some mild reference in dialogue between male boarders refers to older women in the lodge looking for "fresh meat."
Violence & Scariness
Very mild violence, such as causing another boarder to crash by pushing into them, or throwing snowballs to make them fall.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild reference during some dialogue sequences about "easy" women.
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Some words can be heard via dialogue or song lyrics including "s--t," "damn," "hell," "bitch" and "ass."
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Products & Purchases
This game features Olympian Shaun White.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One song in the soundtracks mentions taking mushrooms.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there is only some mild violence in the game, such as crashing into other boarders or causing them to fall by tossing snowballs at them. Suggestive references occur during a couple of dialogue sequences, such as "easy girls" in the lodge. Some lyrics in the songs could be offensive because they contain references to drugs and sex ("one night stand"), and profane words.The game can be played online, something Common Sense Media does not recommend for kids under age 12.
Is It Any Good?
Available for seven different platforms – the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2/3/,PSP, Nintendo Wii/DS and PC – Shaun White Snowboarding is powered by the gorgeous Assassin's Creed engine, also developed at Ubisoft's award-winning Montreal studio. The player models are highly detailed and the four mountains (Park City, Europe, Japan and Alaska) all look so real you might be tempted to reach down and grab some powder. While the game proved fun between its many modes and varying trick combinations, it's not quite as polished or exhilerating as the over-the-top SSX series from Electronic Arts.
The Nintendo Wii version of the game was developed to take advantage of the Wii Balance Board, the peripheral that resembles a white bathroom scale (which shipped with the Wii Fit game); by standing on the Wii Balance Board players can control their rider by moving their body around. This didn't prove to be an easy task, so expect a steeper learning curve than with other versions of the game.
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