SSX 3 Review

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Graphics: 8.5
Sound : 8.0
Gameplay : 9.0
Multiplayer : N/A
Overall : 8.5
Review by Jason Prater
The SSXfranchise has a history behind it as a great snowboarding game. It is an incredibly enjoyable game that puts you in a lot of difference races and pits you against other racers to out-perform them. You start off with a rather weak player but as you complete different segments of the peaks, you can upgrade your player’s attributes and buy new outfits and boards.

When you first start out your tricks are slow, and thus your chances of scoring high points are low. Luckily, or not, the beginning tracks and opponents are rather easy and earning cash for better stuff is simple, but after a few races the game gets a bit more difficult. You tend to crash a lot more, losing your momentum and speed booster. Having a perfect run is difficult because of the need to perform outlandish tricks. Watching your opponents rush by you doing some impressive tricks is pretty awesome, yet their showing off means you are not in the lead anymore.

The levels are full of ramps, rails, and obstacles as well as a few bonuses and many chances to run out of bounds. Doing tricks in the game provides you a way to gain tons of points and also gives you a lot of speed booster. The speed booster is important to the game as it allows you to gain a huge advantage over your opponents as well as catch up to them should you fall behind. With many falls and gaps in the levels, you can perform more and more tricks to increase your score. You need to beat your opponents in time in order to advance to the next race, and if the other racers have already finished, you have a limited amount of time to reach the finish or your score doesn’t count.

Each leg has three races, and you’ll need to finish in the top three in order to advance to the next race—otherwise you’ll be forced to try again. Fear not, however, that constant wipeouts and going out of bounds doesn’t mean you’ll lose, but you’ll need to get the speed booster to catch up. Once you complete a leg you get a cash prize which can be used to upgrade your player. The upgrades include better attributes, clothes, or boards. From the looks of it, it doesn’t seem the clothing or boards give you any advantage, only the attributes.

There are downhill races along with half-pipe competitions. In the half-pipe competitions you need to score big air to score big points. These levels have a lot of bonuses to double and triple your score which are vital in order to win. Since you perform your tricks at a lower rate when you first start out, your score won’t be that great, but as time goes on you can upgrade your player and your score skyrockets.

There is one major downside to the game, however great it is. The bugs on some of the maps are incredibly annoying. You can easily get stuck in a small crevasse, and there’s little you can do about it. Most of the time you just need to fiddle with the controls to get unstuck or somehow get caught as if you were going out of bounds. There are other times where you can hit your head on top of a small cave and then get stuck in there going the wrong way. Thankfully though, this doesn’t happen to often, and doesn’t have too much of an impact on the game.

SSX 3 can also be played online against other people if you bought access from one of the providers. There is another option, Shadow Mode, which allows you to try to beat your best times on various levels. The final option is to play a single event on an unlocked level. This allows you to go back and practice on levels that might have given you trouble.

Overall, this game is excellent. It offers a lot of customizations, levels, and online play to keep you busy for a very long time. The races are easy enough to win, but are difficult enough to keep perfectionists busy for some time. What’s great about SSX 3 is that you can pick it up at any point and continue.