Dark Summit
Genre Sport -> Sport
Today's Rank 0
Homepage N/A
Date N/A
Publisher THQ
Date 2002-05-24
Publisher THQ
North America Retail Box ArtUnited Kingdom Retail Box ArtExtreme sports just got a little more bizarre with Dark Summit, which mixes snowboarding with espionage. And somehow, it works. The plot involves the efforts of boarder Naya as she investigates the wacky activities at the decidedly snowboarder-unfriendly Mt Garrick. Naya must complete a long series of stunt-based missions in order to gain enough lift points to get to the top of the mountain. In general, the pacing isn't nearly as fast as snowboarding king SSX Tricky's, yet Dark Summit's weird cast of characters and emphasis on combos and timing makes for a deeper game. Despite the cartoony physics, you'll find the controls very responsive and you'll soon be pulling off some cool-looking stunts. The visuals won't raise new standards for the GameCube, but they are nicely detailed and move fast. Curiously, while you can earn points to buy snazzy clothing and boards, none of them affect actual gameplay. Also, the repetition when trying to complete your goals will terrify impatient speed-seeking snowboarders. Still, while not quite as quick and stylish as SSX Tricky, Dark Summit delivers a strong just-one-more-try feel that challenges players while still being fun. For those with the skills and patience, Summit is an arcade snowboard ride of a slightly different kind. --Mark Brooks

- Ranger Chief O'Leary has been banning snowboarders from Mt. Garrick, and your friends have to find out why
- Shred & stomp your way across the mountain to open up restricted areas on the mountain
- As you build a name for yourself, the story will unfold & you'll get access to the secret O'Leary is hiding
- Try out multiplayer mode for extra thrills -- six different characters, each with different moves & personalities
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