SSX Tricky (Xbox)

SSX Tricky (Xbox)

SSX Tricky (Xbox)
List Price: £19.99



SSX Tricky (Xbox)
List Price: £19.99
Your Price: – SSX Tricky (Xbox)

When Sony released the PlayStation2, there were only a few standout games. One of them, SSX, brought snowboarding to people who didn’t even like snowboarding. Now Xbox fans get a new reason to stay indoors during the cold winter months. SSX Tricky is the game, and it more than lives up to the moniker.

Tricky removes two characters from the previous game and adds five new ones. It adds two new race locations to the already beefed-up World Circuit (Garibaldi and Alaska). The developers also added features to the older tracks, effectively making them new again. Tricky improves the graphics a bit and refines the controls. The game even tweaks the basic gameplay by letting you upgrade your boarder’s stats in races, but also forcing you to attempt and master the showoff mode. And EA improved the challenge by evening out the learning curve. SSX tended to be a cakewalk until the later races in each set, but this time your rivals get more intense and aggressive depending upon the lap you’re taking.

As in the first game, personality is everything. This is true not only in terms of voice acting, but also in how you treat opponents. The game has a few basic attitudes. If you block and attack characters too much, they’ll remember and actively seek you out. If you help one or two of them, they’ll become your allies, warning you of danger or fending off attackers. The changes are deep enough to change quite a bit, and they’ll delight even fans who are tired of, or who mastered, the first game on the PS2. Maybe that’s the most impressive über-trick of them all. —Bob Andrews

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