What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know SSX is a snowboarding simulation game. The snowboarding is over-the-top as you race down mountains, perform death-defying mid-air stunts, and accept fun challenges while shredding. Aside from some lyrics and commentary that get a little edgy, there isn't any controversial content here. That said, online multiplayer modes support un-moderated voice chat.
What's it about?
One of the most beloved winter sports-themed video games has been rebooted for high-definition consoles. Simply titled SSX, the latest in the nearly 12 year-old series once again delivers intense downhill races on giant mountains, crazy mid-air stunts, and a host of colorful characters. Plus, along with HD graphics and refined control (utilizing the dual analog sticks), Electronic Arts Canada has added a new story, nine distinct locations, incredible challenges (like outrunning an avalanche!), and online play for multiple simultaneous riders. Code-named Deadly Descents, the new SSX is available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and both versions of the game are the same.
Is it any good?
SSX is a blast. Carving powder down treacherous mountains -- while racing to the finish line, pulling off wild mid-air tricks, or taking on challenges that are like nature's boss battles -- feels and looks great. It might've taken a while for a new version of the game to debut, but it was well worth the wait. A host of multiplayer modes and community elements have been added to an online feature called RiderNet, where you can add friends to a buddy list, play against a friend's "ghost" run (if they're away from their console), "like" favorite drops, recommend new drops, and more. Unfortunately, there is no option to race against someone beside you, on the same television, as with previous SSX games that offered a split-screen mode. Overall, however, fans of the franchise and new gamers alike will no doubt fall for SSX's charm, intensity and high replayability.