SSX (Deadly Descents)
Another one of EA’s classics have gone through a reboot, but with good reason; fans of the old games have been yearning for an SSX game, so it was inevitable.
The game feels the same from what I remember of the old games, but gone is the colorful and cheerful environment – in comes a more mature and dark experience. While the essentials have been kept, like doing stunts and fill up your tricky/boost bar, a new feature have come into play: survival.
Amour yourself up, put on the headlamp, remember your glowing wingsuit and go for the dive. Avoid trees, jump over gaps and do stunts as you surf the worlds biggest and most famous – not to mention dangerous mountains. Gaps that are too big to jump over is solved by wearing a wingsuit, cold is beaten by having a solar panel on the back that will heat up your suit, and a small oxygen tank for extreme heights where the air is too thin to breathe. You’ll even encounter surfing at night, which makes for quite the challenge, as the environment have gone dark – at other times you might even find yourself below the surface of the glacier, or inside the mountain in total darkness, even if its day.
At the end of each event, you’re told if you beat the event or not and how much XP and credit you’ve won – but they aren’t showing your stats in that particular event, even though half of the screen is free – I could definitely have used some more post-event information. This might help the player understand the event a bit better if they end up failing it, and what kind of points they are required to reach if it’s a trick event.
I despise the soundtrack, I find it absolutely horrendous most of the time, but it suits the game. I don’t know a single artist, but I’ll bet my heart on that people in the skateboarding, skating and surfing circles knows most, if not all of the artists.
When I’m having a hard time beating an event, thinking seriously about throwing my controller at the TV (which happens rarely), it’s certainly not helping my mood when the game asks me if I want to skip the event every time I have to start over. Especially not when you can’t choose another event as there aren’t any new events available in the single player mode.
In the end the gameplay is very satisfactory and fun once you get a grasp of it. The game is easy to play, but hard to master. Still as loveable as it used to be so many years ago just little more dark which makes it a nice upgrade – a modern twist if you will. Many of the characters from the old games are represented, so there’s something for the old fans out there.