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  • Summary: Remember when snowboard sims used to suck? The times have truly changed with the monster speed, detailed tracks and super-fast frame rates of EA's first extreme sports game for the PS2.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. In short, this game looks, sounds, and plays like a dream.
  2. 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.
  3. There is an unimaginable amount of depth underneath its flashy exterior.
  4. 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.
  5. Every course and environment in SSX is stunning.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Oct 3, 2010
    10
    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! Expand
  2. Nov 3, 2012
    10
    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. Expand
  3. Sep 5, 2012
    8
    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. Expand
  4. Sep 27, 2011
    5
    Good visuals and fast paced gameplay. A few major problems. Holding down will make you go faster but if you are holding it and you get the tiniest bit of air you try to flip and fall, which can ruin things easily. While their are many varied tricks, some of the mechanics really suck. Sometimes flipping is really easy and you can do two and other times you will hold it and your guy will barely move. Unless you want to lose a race, don't try one of the major point-scorers because you never know if it will work or not. Finally there is the circuit. They make you race the same map 3 times and even with all the problems and the fact that all the riders are faster than you, even if you are speed and they are tricky, you are supposed to get top 3 every time. This would be fair if they let you restart the race that you had progressed to. But to make the game artificially longer they want you to race the level 3 MORE TIMES. I was already sick of the level after 3 times, but having to do 3 more and who knows how many if I make one mistake, was too much for me. Game like this that aren't long and don't have many maps try to make up for it by making the game seem longer since you have to repeat every course 10 times. Sloppy developing. Expand

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