1080: Avalanche GameCube

Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
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  1. AceGamez
    80
    Although the lack of online play prevents Avalanche from being a major player, the actual gameplay and experience is so good I'd be tempted to say it's better than both "Amped" and "SSX."
  2. Cheat Code Central
    80
    As good as the game is, this one will take time to beat no matter your skill level. There was one thing that had me a little disappointed and that was the trick controls.
  3. So 1080 isn't massively original, but it does have one killer gimmick in the form of avalanches.
  4. Edge Magazine
    80
    Avalanche imparts the varying depths of snow, anything from sheet ice to knee-deep drifts, much better than its nearest rivals. Crouching for speed, leaping precipices and then absorbing the shock upon landing is a majestic sensation only bettered by the original. [Feb 2004, p.104]
  5. 82
    Although 1080 Avalanche is a solid snowboarding game that will give you a few hours of pleasure, it has nothing on the "SSX" series.
  6. Oh and that password feature I just don't get why it's there and why you have to use it to replay the avalanche tracks. That's the biggest downside I can think of, why couldn't beating the avalanche tracks just unlock them in the Time Trail mode is mind boggling.
  7. Snowboarding simply does not get any better than this.
  8. 90
    The sensation of speed as you rocket down the mountain will truly rattle your senses, and the exceptional control pays off nicely.
  9. A fast-paced snowboarding game with good looking graphics and outstanding course design. The time trial and gate challenge are both highly addicted modes, but the trick attack I found to be rather useless.
  10. Small but perfectly formed. 1080 is the choice of the discerning gamer who looks for fewer stunts and a more solid racing experience. [NGC]
  11. 75
    It may look nice and deliver speed, but it's bested by "SSX" 3 in just about every way.
  12. We can't recommend this game enough. If it's an adrenalin rush you're after, then 1080° Avalanche could be the snowboarding rush you've dreamed of. From Nintendo, with Love.
  13. Nintendo Power
    86
    As revolutionary as "SSX" was, now 1080: Avalanche is the one that hits the slopes with style and innovation. The extreme-survival angle puts the edge back in snowboarding. [Jan 2004, p.155]
  14. If you really dig "SSX though," you might not take too kindly to 1080. If you’re just somebody wanting to have a little fun from time to time, 1080 is your game. Unfortunately, like most racing games, it can be mastered rather quickly.
  15. Technically sound and built on a solid gameplay engine that provides a fast and frantic experience. It’s an adrenaline rush that fans of racing games should not miss out on.
  16. Play Magazine
    91
    There's just no way to put it except to say that it's quite possibly the ultimate rush. [Jan 2004, p.58]

Awards & Rankings

#17 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2003
#8 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2003
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. R.W
    Jul 30, 2005
    10
    Too many ppl are going on about how 1080 is short and doesnt have enough tricks. there are 15 grabs in total and 4 spins/flips. but when u Too many ppl are going on about how 1080 is short and doesnt have enough tricks. there are 15 grabs in total and 4 spins/flips. but when u combine these you get all sorts of combos so it doesnt feel like there's not enough for me at all. the moves are awesome. also, the games length (in terms of beating the match races) doesnt take too long like everyone says BUT that doesnt mean you have finished the game. theres lots of other stuff to do like the trick modes, time trials and unlocking extra boards, and its heaps fun. plus its not like you get bored of each course once you've played it already. 1080 is different to ssx3 but i prefer 1080 more because its a lot more realistic and is what you call a true snowboarding game, unlike ssx3 where you do real unrealistic moves that sorta ruins the snowboarding feel. what makes 1080 special though is the fact that its the sequal to the N64 version of 1080 which was a great game...so if you liked the original, 1080 avalanche will bring back the good old memories from the moment you start it up and choose your character like ricky winterborn. to me ssx3 just feels like a gimicky snowboarding game but 1080 is a solid awesome looking game that shouldnt be missed. in the end, 1080 seems to be the most oringal and unique. ive played many other snowboarding games out there and they dont feel as special. Full Review »
  2. Jul 25, 2016
    9
    The game has great controls and great maps and great tricks. This is my favorite snowboarding game of all time and in metascore I would rateThe game has great controls and great maps and great tricks. This is my favorite snowboarding game of all time and in metascore I would rate this a 92. Full Review »
  3. May 27, 2014
    7
    Graphics: 7.5 Sound: 8.5 Gameplay: 7.8 Fun/Story:7

    Not as good as it predecessor in Nintendo 64. Lacks some innovation and graphics
    Graphics: 7.5 Sound: 8.5 Gameplay: 7.8 Fun/Story:7

    Not as good as it predecessor in Nintendo 64. Lacks some innovation and graphics improvement. A fairly game with some good things.
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