SSX On Tour PlayStation 2

User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
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  1. AnthonyV.
    Oct 15, 2005
    3
    SSX is dead. In spite of the addition of skiiers with snowboarders, there is little else in the way of innovation. The fantastic music of the previous three games was replaced by flavor-of-the-week emo crap. The aging PS2 hardware is pushed to its limits resulting in framerate hitches and choppy gameplay. And the art direction in this game is quite possibly the WORST of any videogame in SSX is dead. In spite of the addition of skiiers with snowboarders, there is little else in the way of innovation. The fantastic music of the previous three games was replaced by flavor-of-the-week emo crap. The aging PS2 hardware is pushed to its limits resulting in framerate hitches and choppy gameplay. And the art direction in this game is quite possibly the WORST of any videogame in history - so bad in fact that it distracts from the game itself. It's not "funky," it's not "fresh," and it's not fun; it's distracting, embarassing, and annoying, and can only be explained as a failed attempt to move away from the more rigid design choices used in the earlier games, which were just fine, frankly. I don't know how much EA paid these critics to laud this game as heavily as they did, but the Tony-Hawk-ized "you can be a rock star!" motif of SSX game is a dealbreaker and the mechanics of the gameplay itself aren't strong enough to overcome its awful aesthetics. SSX On Tour is lame, it's embarassing, and it's annoying. Do yourself a favor and stick with SSX 3. You're giving up the ability to play as a skiier and have occasional "out of bounds" warnings (get over it and learn the terrain!!!) but you're also giving up having to look at cringe-worthy notebook doodles of guitar-playing unicorns and jittery winged dollar-signs. Expand
  2. Drsatan
    Oct 13, 2005
    1
    Same as SSX 1,2, and 3, but now with ski's ! Lacks any character development, brings nothing new to the genre. Career mode is nothing more then a dumb-downed rip-off of Tony Hawk's. Includes a horrible soundtrack, even worse SFX, horrendous artwork, and breaks almost ever rule of design knowen. spend your money on a few elastics and a hair clip, guaranteed more fun.

Awards & Rankings

#86 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
#34 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 41
  2. Negative: 1 out of 41
  1. 88
    A challenging racer that will rock your world, hopefully the next game in the series will add as much substance as this one added in style.
  2. This is an incredibly slick package, and not just on the surface, either. On Tour tightens up a lot of the underlying course designs and gameplay mechanics, and it quickens the pace without betraying the fundamentals of SSX.
  3. 90
    It's one of those long-term compelling games, perfect for digging in and ranking up, practicing competitively, or just relaxing and letting gravity do its thing. It is as once a sport, a pastime, and one of the finest games you can enjoy at your own pace.