Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Extraordinarily fun, over-the-top snowboarding adventure.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

SSX is all about extreme downhill snowboarding. While it's risky to speed down dangerous mountains and pull off tricky stunts in real life, the game is a safe, "virtual" alternative. The game sends the message that sports, even competitive sports, are good for kids.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters are attractive, well-dressed and sassy, but you don't really learn much about them, individually. But they all seem happy to be competing, enjoy the thrill of the competition, and seem to get along with one another. As with most sports games, you don't really dive deep into any one character.

Ease of Play

The emphasis on the controller's dual analog sticks feels great. But mastering all the controls in SSX can be difficult -- at first. That is, controlling the character and pulling off sleek mid-air moves can be a bit intimidating but will become easier and more intuitive after you play for a few minutes. There is a tutorial, though, so it's recommended to give that a try before tackling any other modes.


The game isn't violent but snowboarders can take dramatic spills if they don't land on their board properly. It's somewhat cartoon-like, plus there is no blood or gore, but these crashes might cause a player to wince. No one gets hurt and they jump back on the board and continue the run. You can also try to keep ahead of an avalanche.


There isn't any profanity in the game but some song lyrics and snowboarder comments occasionally allude to violence, such as the line "explosive terrorist style," from the song Traktor from Wretch 32. Characters can be heard to say "You've just been assassinated!" or "This place will split your face open."


While there is a licensed music soundtrack, all the snowboards and apparel in the game is fictitious. The only exception is an unlockable Travis Rice character that will be made available to fans who participate in a Facebook promotion. He rides on a Libtech Burton board.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bynuenjins September 15, 2014

SSX throws tedious tasks into the fun factor it's famous for.

SSX is hands down the best snowboarding game out there. Other games pale to it and have failed in fun, presentation, execution, and usually are graphically bor... Continue reading
Adult Written byJEDI micah April 27, 2013

One word: AWESOME!!!

I love, love, LOVE this game! I'm not normally a sports game guy, but man, this is extremely amazing! Snowboarding through rough mountain ranges, performin... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byIronRunningAnvil August 23, 2012

Good game, Great graphics...

Oh no another snowboard game. Thats what i said when i first saw this game. I was never the best at those kind of games, but still i picked it up for a good pri... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 May 16, 2019

Lovely and addictive action sports game!

Still better than Steep by far for me. Wing suits and snowboarding feels very rewarding. Violence is mild, you can crash or not land properly and you can be sen... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how snowboarding in this game is different from doing it in real life.

  • Do you like all sports games or just those that showcase winter sports?

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