A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Promotes idea of healthy physical activity but also glamorizes extremely dangerous sports, fails to show realistic consequences for crashes, wipeouts that would wound, paralyze, kill real-world athletes. Contains a "don't try these stunts yourself" message during initial loading.
Positive Role Models
Skiers, snowboarders, paragliders, wingsuit flyers -- who span a mix of ethnicities, both genders -- shown as goodpnatured, fun-loving, but also fearless. They often take life-threatening risks.
Ease of Play
Controls for each sport don't take long to learn, but gaining mastery necessary to ace harder challenges requires time, practice. The metagame -- including overarching objectives, rules governing overall progress -- might take players some time to fully appreciate, understand.
Violence & Scariness
Crashes while snowboarding, skiing, wingsuit diving, paragliding show player's character tumbling, sprawled at odd angles. These accidents look realistic, painful, but athletes always seem able to get up, just walk it off.
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Products & Purchases
Several events, teams, areas sponsored by real-world companies, including Red Bull, North Face, Salomon.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Steep is a simulation of four winter and extreme sports, including skiing, snowboarding, paragliding, and wingsuit diving. Players can also freely walk or hike around the mountain range. The sports are faithfully recreated, save that characters don't suffer grievous injuries when they wipe out. Wingsuit divers who smash into the side of a mountain, for example, will tumble like rag dolls across the rocks and snow much like a real person would, but then they simply get up and walk away from the accident unharmed. The game cautions that none of the stunts players see should be imitated, but the fictitious athletes appear both fearless and indestructible, making them questionable role models. Parents should also be aware of some heavy product placement and sponsorships from real-world brands, including Red Bull, North Face, and Salomon. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to Steep.
Is It Any Good?
This sports sim rewards the adventurous explorer across the Alps with an expansive trip across the slopes. Think of this game as the winter/extreme sports version of Forza Horizon. Steep is all about doing what you want, when you want, where you want, however you want. The characters rarely talk, but when they do, it's about how they feel free and invincible. They want to conquer the mountain and see things no one else has seen, and they fear nothing. It's a liberating experience for the player and a very fresh take on the decades-old genre of winter sports games.
But whether you actually have fun will depend greatly on just how much you enjoy the sports on offer. The paragliding and wingsuit events tend to be short and pretty straightforward (though not easy), while some of the skiing and snowboarding activities can become a bit frustrating until you get a feel for the terrain in the locations where they're set. It's easy to go off-trail and get a bit lost on your way to finding a rocky gap you're supposed to ski through and to catch jumps at the wrong angle. Mistakes mean you need to head back up the mountain and try again. Perhaps the most rewarding activity of all is simply exploring and finding new base camps. You can get to camp beacons through any combination of transportation methods -- say, skiing down a steep slope, then paragliding over a deep crevice and hiking up the last few hundred yards to a rocky summit. It can be exhilarating. If you have a passion for extreme winter sports, Steep is definitely worth a look.
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