A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Could spur interest in physical activity, including snowboarding, skiing, but also sensationalizes dangerous extreme sports such as wingsuit flying. Warns players not to emulate stunts they see in the game.
Positive Role Models
Real-world Olympians talk about what it takes to excel in snowboarding, including physical training, mental preparation, drive. Virtual athletes shown as good-natured, determined, but also very willing to take risks with their lives for the sake of thrills.
Ease of Play
Controls for each sport are intuitive, but mastery required to win medals at the Olympics may take new players a while to achieve.
Violence & Scariness
Athletes crash hard against trees, tumble down mountainsides. Lots of grunts, yelps, occasional bone-crunching sounds. Avatars never die, aren't permanently injured, but are occasionally rendered unconscious by falls.
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Products & Purchases
This is a paid expansion to Steep.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Steep: Road to the Olympics is a paid expansion to the extreme sports game Steep, which is required to play (the base game and expansion can also be purchased as a bundle called Steep: Winter Games Edition). Players take on the role of a professional athlete who spends years training for and eventually competing in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Players will see real Olympians talking about the dedication and physical and mental training necessary to compete at the highest levels, which might inspire kids to engage in winter sports. They'll also witness how dangerous extreme sports can be via bone-crunching crashes that sometimes render riders unconscious, though no permanent injuries are depicted within the game. Parents should note that this game contains the word "s--t" in dialogue.
Is It Any Good?
The structured nature of the story-based portion of this expansion makes it stand out from the original, which was conceived as a free, ongoing extreme sports experience. Steep: Road to the Olympics' narrative delivers a more traditional, linear play with a beginning, middle, and end that should take most players about four hours to complete (depending on skill), and it simultaneously serves as a surprisingly informative introduction to the world of professional snowboarding, thanks to its interviews with real athletes. It's a little rough in some areas -- the announcer is extremely repetitive and often inaccurate, and the reward for finally completing your goal of winning a trio of golds is underwhelming -- but the core mechanics remain both accessible and empowering. Tricking your way over huge jumps, half-pipes, and freestyle courses is a blast.
And once you're through with the Olympics, you'll have vast and gorgeous new mountains waiting to be explored. As usual, you can jump between areas at will, discovering fresh runs and new challenges along the way, including some absolutely fantastic downhill skiing. This is where the base game was at its best, and that remains the case in this expansion. Tearing down a narrow chute at breakneck speed using the (optional) first-person view is nothing short of thrilling, especially when hitting a hidden jump or trying to weave through a stand of trees. Chances are most people will buy Steep: Road to the Olympics with dreams of Olympic glory, but will end up spending the bulk of their time doing what they did in the original: Enjoying the freedom of discovering a massive mountain range full of secrets.
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