Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 5 out of 17
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  1. All of the high-speed grinding, nosebleed big-air tricks, and spectacular board-twisting, body-contorting tricks of THPS are just as eye-catching and thumb-numbing as they were before, but now they’re enhanced by gorgeous snow-parks and powder-packed resorts.
  2. Considering the remarkably silly subject matter, Palmer’s does an excellent job of providing some seriously enjoyable gaming.
  3. Game Informer
    83
    If you enjoy challenging games or simply enjoy getting your ass handed to you, Shaun Palmer is a dream come true. [Dec 2001, p.93]
  4. 80
    If you can't get enough of Hawk or Hoffman, or dig the snowboarding scene and like solid trick-based games, this one's a sick choice.
  5. One of the most intuitive and entertaining of the realistic snowboarding titles available today.
  6. 80
    Clothing rippling in the wind is just one of the smooth graphic touches, and the aggressive punk/hardcore soundtrack matches Palmer’s bad-boy persona—but the sound effects aren’t terribly impressive.
  7. A solid and enjoyable snowboarding game that successfully brings Tony Hawk to the mountain.
  8. The game is pretty fun, but with its sort of linear game play (considering you're always moving down), and sometimes confusing objective layout, it doesn't quite sit as high on the throne as "Tony Hawk 3" does.
  9. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    63
    Once you slide past something you need, you can’t back up – that sucks. [Jan 2002, p.220]
  10. Fans will have to wait for a sequel to see more freedom and variety in gameplay.
  11. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    50
    It's too scattered and feels poorly designed. [Jan 2002, p.134]
  12. No, this game doesn’t suck, but it has so little new that you can’t help shake the feeling that it’s old hat and maybe a bit played out.
  13. Shaun Palmer may play like Tony Hawk, vaguely, but in the end you'll realize that it's nothing more than a rushed, sub-par entry into a genre that is already being dominated by EA Big's SSX series.
  14. A fundamentally flawed game. It's a skateboarding game that's trying to be a snowboarding game, instead of trying even harder to be a good snowboarding game.
  15. Where "Tony Hawk 3" is fast, flowing, and intuitive, Shaun Palmer is slow, disjointed and difficult to get into.
  16. 30
    For the love of God, buy "SSX Tricky." Shaun Palmer has a strong graphics engine and solid control, but if IGN gave out a "Fun Factor" score, this sucker would get a big, fat goose egg. Zero.
  17. 20
    I hate Shaun Palmer’s Pro Snowboarder, I curse the day it was conceived and I wish a horrible holiday season upon all of those who were involved in it’s production.

Awards & Rankings

70
#70 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. AgE
    Oct 21, 2005
    10
    One of the best snowboarding games ever made. Pity the sequel was canned (was being produced by Treyarch!!) :-(
  2. Mac
    Sep 23, 2003
    10
    As a answer to one of the critics: "Electronic Gaming Monthly- Once you slide past something you need, you can't back up : that sucks." As a answer to one of the critics: "Electronic Gaming Monthly- Once you slide past something you need, you can't back up : that sucks." How do you back up on a mountain??!!!??? Stupid! I love the game!!! Full Review »
  3. MikeyMan
    Dec 12, 2002
    10
    Loooooove the game. it is a bit tricky to get some of the sponsors though. havent finished it, and I definitely need tips.. mail me if youLoooooove the game. it is a bit tricky to get some of the sponsors though. havent finished it, and I definitely need tips.. mail me if you finished it. Full Review »