Well I know it's been out a while and I've had it from the start but does anyone else think that this is a broken game - not the controls they are good, not the graphics they are fine [too much light flare at times] - it's the heart of the game , the ambiance mainly but the track design is weird as well.
I'll start with the feel of the game - the characters have no...well, character - there is no trash talk, no speech at all - all the attributes are virtually identical and above all there is no incentive to play as any one character over another. Where is the soul of the game?
This follows the absolutely souless SSXn Tour - man, I have been an SSX fan from the start - especially the GC incarnations and with On Tour they practically destroyed the series of all enjoyment.
Blur - doesn't quite fare that badly and the inclusion of previous tracks and the new cartoony look - it certainly has some great points - and I love the controls. It is enjoyable to play - apart from the Slalom?
But where is the party atmosphere - the different hip-hop, metal, dance tracks etc etc music that you do listen to when really boarding - I wouldn't throw myself down a real mountain with this soundtrack - again it's fairly lifeless. DJ Atomica is a welcome return as well but even then it's only a bit part.
Where are the replays? Huh?!?!
Last but not least are the tracks themselves - they've taken the terrible tracks from OnTour of course but more than that, the perspective of the graphics are weird - the tracks overwhelm the rider in the aspect ratio - when hurtling down peak 3 - all you seem to do is bounce around until you get down to the bottom, in SSX3 you rode down it!!
After all this I still love the series and love the new controls but for the next one can we have some of the Tricky courses and put some life back into the game please EA!!
Phew a bit of a rant there - seemingly for no reason at all