What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although infrequent and bloodless, violence does play a role here -- players are able to punch and hit each other if they get close, giving them an advantage during races. The only other concern would be the lack of safety presented throughout the game, as players are typically shown without any safety equipment.
What's it about?
Conquer the mountain. Easier said then done, especially when the mountain makes Mount Everest look like a bunny slope. The premise of SSX 3 isn't too difficult: Pick a character and tackle a variety of challenges on the mountain. Three peaks provide three levels of difficulty, with the top peak culminating in blizzard-like conditions, collapsing snow bridges, avalanches, and skilled opponents.
As you get better you learn how to link tricks to form combinations for massive points, and as you win races, or beat opponents with better tricks you earn money. Money can be used to build up your characters attributes -- how fast they are, their balance, etc. -- or it can be used to buy outfits, trading cards, and other trinkets.
Is it any good?
SSX 3 is primarily fun entertainment; however, there is one thing to look out for. Although infrequent and bloodless, violence does play a role here as players are able to punch and hit each other if they get close -- this is particularly important during races because knocking an opponent off of their feet makes them fall and lose precious time. This principle doesn't exactly teach children to play fair. It's questionable why EA sports even decided to include this option, since it really isn't even used that often.
Perhaps the only other concern would be the lack of safety presented throughout the game. Despite performing impossible tricks and taking equally impossible tumbles, the characters do not typically wear any safety equipment. Although most players will see the fictitious nature of the game, it might be recommended that parents address the dangerous side of the sport with their children.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what fair play is and why safety is important when playing sports.