Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. 90
    While "SSX" offers more arcade-style gameplay, Konami wants to slam you into the snowboarder's world harder than a botched Frontside Indy.
  2. Daily Radar
    "SSX" is a zany, fun and arcadey snowboard stunt-racer, and Konami's ESPN X Games Snowboarding is a realistic and beautifully presented simulator, one that will probably have massive appeal to hardcore snowboarders.
  3. 80
    This one made me work quite a bit, and the last time I checked, work isn't synonymous with fun.
  4. 80
    X-Games doesn't have quite the graphics flare that SSX has, though in my opinion X-Games is the better looking of the two titles. It also has considerably faster load-times.
  5. A solid, safe and hard-as-hell choice for all your snowboarding needs.
  6. While the learning curve is as steep as some of the game's slopes, patience does pay off in this game, which should appeal to snowboarding fans. Unfortunately, the rest of us will find the game's strict guidelines to reality a detriment.
  7. Game Fan
    Even snowboarding fans will find the game's steep learning curve frustrating more than anything else.
  8. To speak plainly the action is DULL with a pace which only ever reaches the giddy heights of ''sedate'' ensuring that you'll soon share your character''s apparent lethargy - hardly befitting of the game''s extreme-sport pretensions.
  9. Those who may be looking for another "SSX" will certainly be disappointed by X-Games' sim-styled approach, but those who are looking for a true-to-life snowboarding experience will be overjoyed.
  10. CNET Gamecenter
    Should have been an A-list title. But the steep learning curve combined with the touchy controls and unforgiving physics make what's supposed to be fun just plain infuriating.
  11. It just doesn't feel fast enough. You sort of putt down the hill, never really blazing down the slope. I'm not a pro boarder by any stretch of the imagination, but if this is how fast you really go, then I'll pass.
  12. If somehow, you are able to master the terrible control, perhaps having fun with ESPN is a possibility, though I doubt it.

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#31 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2000
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  1. JohnR.
    Jul 18, 2001
    This is for the real life snowboarders, its more realistic. You won't be pulling an FS Quadruple Misty 1930 Experimental to Double Front This is for the real life snowboarders, its more realistic. You won't be pulling an FS Quadruple Misty 1930 Experimental to Double Front Flip Mutations like "SSX," expect a hard time trying to pull a double misty, but it is much more realalistic with real life locations and riders. Full Review »