Universal acclaim - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. There is an unimaginable amount of depth underneath its flashy exterior.
  2. Beautiful graphics, huge courses, great multiplayer and infinite replayability round out the package to make this hands-down the best game on the PS2.
  3. Combine full-on racing with a track design that should have "Wipeout's" makers hurrying back to the drawing board and then chuck in "Tony Hawk's" stupendously addictive tricks and you have PS2's finest moment to date.
  4. This is a game with seemingly endless slopes and fields that look so real, you'll swear you've run them.
  5. 100
    PS2 people, you have your first must-own title. With gameplay that takes the best bits of all the games which have come before it, SSX practically redefines snowboarding excitement.
  6. This isn’t only one of the best looking and most intense PlayStation 2 games, it’s also hands down the loudest.
  7. 100
    The courses are well designed, the control is fantastic, and the graphics will ruin your eyes for every other PS2 launch game. Mix all that in with a game that is just flat out fun to play and you've got a recipe for hours of drooling in front of your TV, PS2 controller in hand, wetnaps close by.
  8. Reinvents the wheel, and presents the most exciting snowboarding game EVER.
  9. In short, this game looks, sounds, and plays like a dream.
  10. Replay value like no other game that I’ve played to date.
  11. With tight gameplay, huge environments, and stunning graphics, SSX is the most enjoyable snowboarding game ever made, and it is easily one of the best games available for the PS2.
  12. SSX is so good, you'd better strap yourself into your favorite gaming chair, and have plenty of Kleenex and wet-naps on hand.
  13. This game looks just as well as it feels, with breathtaking views and intricate details throughout the different circuits.
  14. The graphics will leave your jaw on the floor. The smooth gameplay will have you thinking you are watching a movie rather than playing a game.
  15. The graphics are grand, the sound is phat, and the whacked out tracks are so weird and wonderful you'd think you were on glue.
  16. The graphics will make you shake your head in disbelief even after a month of playing it, the sound effects can actually convey a sense of texture, and the music will have you figuring out the best way to hook your PS2 up to your computer to record the soundtrack.
  17. 94
    It should not be missed, and it is the best snowboarding title in history, with its amazing physics and breathtaking graphics, amazing sound and control.
  18. The music soundtrack is dead on, with fast and funky tunes delivering the adrenaline rush you so badly need to make you feel like a badass.
  19. 93
    A brilliant blend of fast-paced racing with high-flying trick performing, blended together so beautifully that it has produced a game that feels completely original and in a class all of its own.
  20. A gorgeous snowboarder that gets its adrenaline from pulling off gravity-defying tricks, literally.
  21. With excellent graphics, great level design and fast, furious action, this is sitting firmly at the top of the PS2 mountain.
  22. Every course and environment in SSX is stunning.
  23. If you are searching for a truly exceptional first-generation PlayStation 2 title that offers fast action, excellent gameplay, and splendid visual pageantry, you had better buy yourself a copy of SSX the minute you pick up your PS2.
  24. A surprisingly good snowboarder with over-the-top stunts and great course design. [Feb 2003, p.93]
  25. One of the best games ever thanks to its gameplay, it also happens to be visually stunning, with beautifully designed 3D polygonal characters, all animated exquisitely with very few (if any) perceptible glitches in the modelling.
  26. An excellent techno break beat soundtrack featuring the likes of Mix Master Mike and Rahzel puts the ice on a very tasty snow cake. The only thing that really lets this game down is a lack of game modes.
  27. Stellar arcade-style fun and one of the best games for the PS2. It's only hampered by some mild slow-down and a steep difficulty curve.
  28. A surprise hit that contains a massive amount of depth (more apparent upon further exploration) and is a blast to play.
  29. Unless you’re expecting a true snowboarding game, it is hard to be disappointed with SSX.
  30. Load times are also an issue. I spent too much time waiting, whether it's waiting to go through menus or for each level to load and reload.
  31. The learning curve is perfect and the courses are nice and long with plenty of shortcuts to lob off those precious seconds of your time.
  32. WOW the game is fast, furious and most importantly fun, for the first time in ages a game has reminded me that I'm scarred of heights and BOY this game throws you from some heights.
  33. 80
    A big, big game with plenty to offer and - I can't emphasize this enough - lots of challenge - but it can be frustrating. Persevere with it, though, and you'll get a lot out of this.
  34. SSX is indeed BIG (thank you very much!), and one of the few games on PlayStation 2 worth its asking price in addictive, fun replayability.
  35. The gameplay isn’t perhaps as tight as Nintendo’s ageing "1080º Snowboarding," but it’s an original take on the sport and deserves all the praise it has received.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Oct 3, 2010
    Amazing game, if you still own a PS2 and want a cheap fun ride, pick this one up! You will love snowboarding and make you wish you lived in a place that had snow and mountains! Full Review »
  2. Nov 3, 2012
    This game has long entertained me for hours long after the original "Phat" PS2 I got it with has long died. A pinnacle game in my childhood... I can't say anything more about how great this game is. Full Review »
  3. Sep 5, 2012
    I never thought in a million years that my most played PS2 title would be a snowboarding game, but to my surprise it pretty much was. SSX was truly a good game, the unrealistic aspect of it made the experience even more fun and to this day this is one of the better PS2 titles. The best part of the game was learning and performing new tricks, tied in with some sweet maps. Even though I didn't own any of the predecessors, I've seen Tricky and SSX 3 and they are both worthy of the name and add some meaningful content. Full Review »