Extraordinarily fun, over-the-top snowboarding adventure.

What parents need to know

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

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.

Not applicable

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
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Major privacy and safety concerns. Both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game support online multiplayer modes and you can chat with other players at the same time via a headset microphone. The online sessions are not monitored, so there's no way to control what is said or heard between players.


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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Available online?Available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:February 28, 2012
Topics:Sports and martial arts, Adventures, Science and nature
ESRB rating:E for Mild Lyrics, Mild Violence (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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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 price and tried it. Well lets just say i played it for a while afterwards. The game has amazing affects in it with a contrast of realistic to non realistic gameplay. It's easy to learn to play as well with there not being so many controls. Overall a 4/5 game which i would happily reccomend
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Teen, 13 years old Written byRichardR. May 20, 2012

Intense, and satisfying.

Amazing. SSX is a BLAST. Let me get the parent stuff out of the way. Violence: Players crash in painful ways, but usually just get back up and ride. Mild blood, if you crash "red stuff" will appear on the edges of the screen. Players can die in many ways that might make you cringe (from the sound effects that occur when crashing". Sex: On Alex's "Tricky Move" she pole dances on her snowboard. In a cut-scene Mac is shown with many women in a hot tub. In a helicopter, a poster with a silhouette of a naked woman is visible. Consumerism: Real popular songs, as well as a Travis Rice character. Also, one of the helicopters has the "RED BULL" logo all over it. Drugs: In a helicopter there is "no smoking" sign. Language: Uses of the word "punk" Positive: The message is to not give up, and shoot big. All the characters love their job. SSX is fun, great. My only problem is that it is difficult, and there is no splitscreen, however this does not tarnish the experience. It is epic, intense, And FAST. Great soundtrack, online multiplayer, gameplay, and tracks.If you love SSX or snowboarding, this is a must buy.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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, performing sick air tricks, and even flying through mid-air with a wing suit makes this game incredibly enjoyable! This is that kind of game that will give you an adrenaline rush feeling that makes you want to do more tricks! This game is a winner, without question!
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