Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 48 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 48
  2. Negative: 6 out of 48
  1. 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.
  2. A decent attempt at a snowboarding game which would be better if only it was a bit more user friendly straight from the beginning.
  3. If we add the power of "Assassin's Creed" to the Tony Hawk's videogames gameplay, probably the result would be this title. It lacks of some game's modes, but it's still an interesting option to discover a genre like snowboarding simulation in the next-gen.
  4. Shaun White’s not the best, nor the worst, snowboarding title we’ve ever played. And its greatest moments are occasionally dragged down by imprecise controls and a sometimes fun-siphoning story campaign.
  5. A openworld, sandbox snowboarding title that lacks some serious direction and structure, offering the gamer no real story or incentive to work through the challenges.
  6. Shaun White Snowboarding is one of those games that you should go into with little to no expectations.
  7. 71
    Shaun White Snowboarding is an uneven game that often feels at odds with itself. Still, I had fun making my way down the different mountains and riding with friends.
  8. 71
    All things considered, Shaun White Snowboarding is a more than competent snowboarding game. It’s just not that compelling.
  9. Shaun White is not for "SSX" fans hungry for more extreme boarding action. If you like your simulations or have a genuine interest in the sport, you'll appreciate its realism. Everyone else, however, will just be itching to pull off a 24-rotation mega backflip.
  10. Ubisoft hasn't succeeded in getting the full potential from Shaun White Snowboarding. Some gameplay elements, like the enormous freedom and control, aren't that fantastic in the end. But the good online mode and the beautiful surroundings make up for it.
  11. Unfortunately the huge potential that slumbers within a snowboard legend and a global publisher hasn’t been used. Shaun White is something for the hardcore boarder – only the multiplayer offers some unique features.
  12. Play it for a few hours, play it with your friends, after that, go to sleep and dream of SSX 5.
  13. Much like the previous Sports Snowboarding games on Xbox 360, Shaun White Snowboarding is a slick and presentable title on the surface, which doesn’t have the mastery or depth to guarantee long-term entertainment.
  14. If you’ve been just craving a snowboarding game for a while now, SWS is worth a shot, but only because it’s the only gig in town. It’s not a bad title, by any means, but it lacks what made games like SSX and Amped so great, which is a focus on the sport itself.
  15. 70
    While the singleplayer campaign doesn't give gamers many reasons to stay engaged, we can envision a large online community racing, tricking and wagering while snowballs fly through the air. Because really, isn't that what snowboarding is all about?
  16. This game is stuffed with things to do, but it doesn’t take long to figure out that you’re just going around in circles. The gameplay fails to elevate this title, and players are unable to take advantage of the possibilities all around them.
  17. Shaun White’s first snowboarding game is a mess that misses the entire idea of what snowboarding is all about.
  18. Shaun White Snowboarding slides down the gaming mountain a little too fast without concentrating on what is important.
  19. A lot of us are baffled that snowboarding has been so deathly quiet on 360, and if you’re dying for the next SSX or Amped, Shaun White Snowboarding won’t be the game you’re hoping for. If you’re a serious boarding fan, the mini- MMO multiplayer is totally worth a look, but otherwise, you have better games to play.
  20. Overall SSW is a decent game and you'll find some fun for a while with both single player and multiplayer.
  21. 65
    Shaun White Snowboarding starts out rough but after learning the ropes and getting involved with the multi-player experience it becomes a passable entry to the now current generation of consoles.
  22. It's clear that Ubisoft had some big ideas for Shaun White Snowboarding, but many of these have been hampered by an overly difficult control scheme, cumbersome navigation, a terrible map, too much collecting and a disappointing frame rate. The recreation of the four ski resorts is excellent, the online functionality is well thought out, and at times the views are magnificent, but the game just isn't as much fun as it should have been.
  23. Should have concentrated on being a master of one trade, and not a jack of all. What’s there is accessible and fun, but largely between friends. The inevitable sequel should be better.
  24. Yet and as it was said in the beginning SWS is a game that feeds a great expectation and aspires to be one of the best in this category offering a good set of mountains (although the structure of the game is somewhat similar in every set) but ends up taking away from the experience sometimes quite funny due to the constant repeat of backtracking not so usual in these situations.
  25. Despite offering a freeform control layout, Shaun White Snowboarding still feels like a pretty standard example of the genre at heart.
  26. 60
    Shaun White is a game that is almost there, but doesn't quite make it.
  27. 60
    Impressive visuals and physics don't make up for frustrating controls and a sense that the game is lacking a certain congruency. I'd rather be playing one of the old SSX games to be honest.
  28. 60
    All in all, Shaun White's Snowboarding didn't leave me blown away. I liked the terrain they provided, the impressive visuals and the push towards new ways to perform tricks. I hope this title continues on and that all of the little glitches and feedback from fans help create an epic snowboarding game worthy of Shaun White's name.
  29. 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.
  30. Shaun White's contrived inclusion might be the game's biggest misstep, as his predetermined objectives limit your ability to explore and make for some of the least extreme offline boarding on the market.
  31. "SSX 3" is five years old but still more advanced. SWS is underweight and out-of-date. [Jan 2009, p.64]
  32. There are better snowboarding games on other systems, and Shaun White just isn't one that needs to be played.
  33. The more time you’ll spend with Shaun White, the more the lack of polish makes itself apparent.
  34. Bottom line: the whole game feels remarkably uncomfortable despite looking so smooth and natural.
  35. Shaun White seems like a nice enough guy. He’s certainly a talented athlete, and a pretty sharp businessman to boot, but slapping your name on a game that not only disappoints and frustrates gamers, but also makes you look like a complete tool through its ludicrous, cheesy, almost offensively stereotypical cut-scenes can’t be a step in the right direction for “the Flying Tomato.”
  36. The basic mechanic of riding a snowboard down a mountain covered in white bliss is pure fun and beautifully framed in Shaun White's Snowboarding. Unfortunately, the actual meat of the game is severely flawed which cripples the overall experience. Competitions and other game modes are riddled with issues, bad AI and poorly designed challenges being two of them. Shaun White's Snowboarding does the actual gameplay right, and just about everything else wrong.
  37. Frustrating issues make Shaun White Snowboarding seem less like a downhill rush and more like an uphill grind.
  38. Best wait for "Stoked" instead. [Jan 2009, p.79]
  39. 50
    From the off, Shaun White Snowboarding is an easy game to hate, thanks to a combination of counterintuitive controls, broken physics and the fact that it almost refuses to give you any guidance as you learn the basics.
  40. Shaun White Snowboarding does not deliver what we expected it to. Frustrating gameplay, chaotic presentation, lack of game modes and several technical issues; snowboarding can do much better, and this is not the way to go.
  41. Shaun White Snowboarding simply feels like an unfinished and unbalanced game.
  42. Shaun White Snowboarding should have used other aspects of the Assassin's Creed engine and gone beyond the boundaries of the real. It just feels like a miss. It's not exciting or fun enough for me, reading more like an instruction manual than anything else.
  43. Shaun White Snowboarding ultimately is more of an uphill experience than it is racing down an icy slope.
  44. Overall the game is bland. As bland as the colour of the snow. As shallow as a frozen puddle. As frustrating as Shaun White himself. Ubisoft tried to take the crown from the likes of Amped and SSX but tripped on the carpet leading to the crown and spiked themselves on the Royal sceptre nearby.
  45. Mediocre at best and controller smashing at worst.
  46. Shaun White Snowboarding just isn’t very good. With completely uninspiring mountain designs, a pitiful single-player quest and awful controls, there’s really no reason to pick this one up.
  47. 40
    Just an all-around disappointment. It has its moments of giving you the thrill of hurtling your body through the air at dizzying heights and performing ridiculous sets of over-the-top tricks, but for every one of those moments, there are dozens more that will leave you in a speechless rage.
  48. 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.
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Mike
    Jul 19, 2009
    0
    I gave this game a zero because of all the retarded turds giving it a 4 or higer. THIS GAME BLOWS! If you like ssx you will absolutely hateI gave this game a zero because of all the retarded turds giving it a 4 or higer. THIS GAME BLOWS! If you like ssx you will absolutely hate this game. Same goes if you enjoy skate. I would rather play saun palmer's snowboarding that came out like 10 years ago than this crap of a game marketed by plastering a sellout of a snowboarder on the front. THEY HAVE YOU COLLECTING COINS FOR CHRISTS SAKE! SNOWBOARDER SIZED COINS! Full Review »
  2. IanJ
    Dec 14, 2009
    9
    The game was overall OK. It has cool maps and lots of acessories. It is a very big game. definatly worth the thirty dollars.
  3. Tyler
    Jan 13, 2009
    8
    Definitely a solid game. Could use some improvements in the story, maybe having some kind of one. But the game play is solid and definitely a Definitely a solid game. Could use some improvements in the story, maybe having some kind of one. But the game play is solid and definitely a blast to play with friends. Full Review »