A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players assume the role of a novice snowboarder, and work hard to get good enough to turn pro.
Positive Role Models
The game shows you that to be good at a sport, it requires hours of practice.
Ease of Play
Gameplay requires players to repeat short sections until tricks are done correctly. There are several hours worth of these needed before a player can advance from amateur to professional, unlocking the more fun and complex tricks.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lyrics also make sexual innuendos and one snowboard boldly shows off the words "Live Nude Girls" as its design.
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Most of the songs on the soundtrack are "radio friendly" versions in which expletives in the lyrics drop out. However there are explicit references to drug use and some lyrics make sexual innuendos. The music can be turned off.
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Products & Purchases
The game features product tie-ins with snowboard equipment and apparel makers; players are rewarded with better sponsorships (and gear) as their skill in the game increases.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some of the songs heard in the game make explicit references to drug use ("lick coke off of cash" and "smoking da crack").
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there are few worries regarding kids playing this game. If blatant consumerism (in the form of sponsorships and the promise of more and better gear for your boarder) is a concern, then you may want to reserve this game for players who can put such issues into mature perspective. There are also a few songs on the soundtrack that reference drugs, violence, and sex. Music can be turned off or, users can chose to substitue their own music.
Is It Any Good?
For players seeking real challenge, and a simulation experience, Stoked is the best of its type. The sense of accomplishment from working through tough challenges is enormously satisfying. Gamers who appreciate the control scheme and realism of Skate will enjoy Stoked.
Because there is little story and no over-the-top characters and moves, the game has a no-nonsense quality that teen players, especially, will like. The focus on realism emphasizes mastery over frills and extras. Learning and nailing specific tricks (through sometimes maddening failure) pays off with fame, fortune, and fun competion.
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