Shaun White Snowboarding PlayStation 3

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  • Summary: Developed in close collaboration with Shaun White, Olympic Gold Medalist and eight-time X Games Gold Medalist, Shaun White Snowboarding allows players to enter a world of total freedom, where they can create their own experience and choose how, where, and with whom they want to ride. OpenDeveloped in close collaboration with Shaun White, Olympic Gold Medalist and eight-time X Games Gold Medalist, Shaun White Snowboarding allows players to enter a world of total freedom, where they can create their own experience and choose how, where, and with whom they want to ride. Open World Mountains: Choose how you ride in open-world mountains across the world. Conquer extreme peak conditions, create your own paths in the back country, or compete with fellow riders in the terrain parks. Your Friends Are Always Around: Play in a world where your friends are always around. Do your own runs on mountains populated by real gamers, or join your friends for a quick session from any mountain. More than Just Snowboarding: Have fun with your friends on and off the board! Throw snowballs, hike to access secret spots, film your friends doing ripping tricks. You can also upload your videos online to share with the world. Ride Your Way: Express yourself through tricks, riding styles, and highly customizable avatars – both in single-player and in the online world. Use the intuitive dual analog control to pull off a huge variety of tricks that express your style. Next-Gen Technology: Built on the Assassin's Creed engine, this game creates a massive world with gorgeous visuals and realistic NPC interactions. This is also the first time a snowboarding game is completely driven by physics instead of animation. Authentic Snowboarding: Ubisoft has worked closely with Shaun White to infuse the gaming experience with authenticity, personality and humor. Shaun is a friend and mentor in the game, and will help you with your skills. And, if you are deemed worthy, you may even be able to play as Shaun in the game. [Ubisoft] Expand
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  • Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
  • Genre(s): Sports, Alternative, Individual, Snowboarding, Snowboarding, Ski / Snowboard
  • # of players: 16 Online
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 30
  2. Negative: 3 out of 30
  1. 81
    A more than competent snowboarding game. It’s just not that compelling.
  2. Shaun White Snowboarding could definitely benefit from some more polish and it's fairly derivative, but its open-ended design and subdued trick system capture the feel of the real sport. Snowboarders will appreciate the ability to play the game how they want, but it's low on flash, so weekend warriors should buy a three-day lift pass for a test run.
  3. 72
    It’s good fun, even if it doesn’t feel quite as thrilling as we would have liked. With a little more tweaking of the controls and maybe a new approach to the genre à la Skate, this could have fared much better.
  4. 65
    Confusingly caught between the world of arcade and simulation, Shaun White Snowboarding provides a competent look at the snowboarding genre that will draw you in for a couple of hours, but won't compel you to stay on the mountain.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    60
    Fanging through the snow just gets old far too quickly. [Summer 2009, p.79]
  6. Nearly every potential plus is a minus: the open world is artificial; the supposedly intuitive control scheme is actually counterintuitive; and the event types range from lackluster to merely okay.
  7. 33
    The game looked promising, as it employs the Assassin's Creed engine and offers an expansive world to explore. But the intimidating controls and lack of direction will scare away anyone hoping for some quick and easy fun, and sports-game enthusiasts looking for the next SSX or a snow-themed Skate won't find it here.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. LucyKale
    Nov 18, 2008
    10
    SSX this isn
  2. sarahpetry
    Dec 14, 2008
    10
    I had so much fun playing the game! Being able to ride anywhere on the mountain made it seem more like really riding. My heart rateI had so much fun playing the game! Being able to ride anywhere on the mountain made it seem more like really riding. My heart rate definitely increased when I triggered an avalanche! It's nice to play a game that is based on having fun and not blowing something or someone up. Thanks Shaun! Expand
  3. GeorgeMayronne
    Dec 2, 2008
    6
    I've been waiting for the next great snowboarding game for a long time and seemingly Shaun White Snowboarding was being heralded as theI've been waiting for the next great snowboarding game for a long time and seemingly Shaun White Snowboarding was being heralded as the "premiere snowboarding game" of this generation.....and sadly, it missed the mark in several areas. For one, the graphics engine runs of the same one used for Assassins Creed....which is adequate enough and it uses it nicely but its simply not THAT impressive. the character models, mountains, and structures look nice but lack a certain detail to really make them "stand out" and it gives the game a rather vanilla look but luckily the framerate is fairly smooth. Soundwise....thats a toss-up because you're either gonna dig the music or completely HATE IT because its a mish-mash of pop-rock, hip-hop rock, rock, or some very disco-ish sounding music....and while some of it is acceptable....ALOT of if just dosen't fit at all and comes off being annoying. the soundeffects and voice acting are nice but Shaun Whites voice gets old after a while.....its just not very convincing and it sounds a bit lazy. the controls are ANOTHER mixed bag for this game....they also fall under the love it or hate it category. you steer and spin in the air with the left stick, you do grabs and "tricks" with the right stick, and you jump with L2......now this control set-up may not seem like a big deal....until you start ACTUALLY playing then it become a test in frustration. the controls aren't terrible, but it WILL put some gamers off should they have been expecting something more user-friendly.....with some practice its certainly playable....but mastering these controls will require some time and patience. Its a bit strange that ALL the mountains are at your finger-tips from the start.....so going back and forth from mountain to mountain is nice as each have a certain amount of "missions". Overall.....this game is "average" in almost every sense of the word....its fun if a bit frustrating and on a technical level its nice looking but very plain. i cant really recommend it....but i can't tell anyone to avoid it either....so this game goes down as a RENT-BEFORE-BUY Expand
  4. JohnJohn
    Jan 6, 2009
    5
    This is a game full of promis, and it is actually quite fun. However, owning a PS3, you expect good graphics. In this game, nothing isThis is a game full of promis, and it is actually quite fun. However, owning a PS3, you expect good graphics. In this game, nothing is antialiased, shadows change shape completely as you get closer. Also, it seems like it is not made for viewing in 1080 as details emerge in a smaller fram (800x 600) and outside this frame details disappear. Looks funny. It feels like hasty work. Expand
  5. JonathanCornwell
    Jan 10, 2009
    2
    I really wanted to like this game, and have historically liked most snowboarding games (1080 series, SSX series, Amped Series, etc). However,I really wanted to like this game, and have historically liked most snowboarding games (1080 series, SSX series, Amped Series, etc). However, several things really killed this game for me. First the controls felt clunky and unrealistic. The jump landing felt and looked incredibly bad. Most jump landings that should have ended with my guy flat on his face, unnaturally landed, and kind of just popped the guy into pace.

    The graphics were pretty good, though they didn't do a very good job with the motion/snow blur (the graphics were too static when moving, motion blur would have definitely helped).

    The exploration part of the game was interesting, and I could see some people really enjoying. But in general, there seemed to be an overwhelming lack of direction and motivation. In general it felt like the game, the controls, the physics, the gameplay, and the graphics were never polished.

    I guess I will be waiting for another snowboarding game on the PS3.
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  6. Aug 17, 2010
    2
    Shaun White Snowboarding is not worth your time unless your desperate to waste some cash, though your better off burning it, you'll get theShaun White Snowboarding is not worth your time unless your desperate to waste some cash, though your better off burning it, you'll get the same level of enjoyment from it. Games controls are solid, and thats about all thats good, the story..... is non-existant, the cut scenes are excruciatingly painful to watch, the trick list is 'meh', the four mountains are well made but very plain, the game seems like they went for the realistic snowboard route, but then stopped 3/4 of the way and went for the 'ssx' route, and failed at both. The game lasts about 5 hours before i refused to continue due to utter boredom, the multiplayer is fun.... till you get sick of throwing snowballs at each other, very disapointed as this could have been a good game, but they messed it up at the gameplay aspect, especially the jumping and landing mechanics which can be summed up in one word 'CRAP' although that word could be used for the entire game.
    Soundtracks good though.
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