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  • Summary: Amped 2 offers a freestyle snowboarding experience with a large and varied trick library. You'll explore vast areas of wide-open, real mountains packed with terrain parks. Play head-to-head with friends in the various multiplayer modes. When you're ready to take it to the next level, connect to Xbox Live to check rankings and challenge the world's best virtual riders. Travel the globe, and pull sick tricks in front of sponsors, photographers, and fans. The latest snowboarding magazines or videos feature your photos and demo reels as you become more famous. Climb to the top ranks of the sport, and become a media superstar--all to the sounds of more than 300 killer indie tracks. Expand
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Whereas most types of gamers are likely to enjoy "SSX 3," only those with an interest in snowboarding will fully appreciate Amped 2.
  2. 90
    It's also refreshing that, instead of a wilder arcade-like approach, the game portrays the sport more realistically; it’s a bit more work to pull off a dizzying spin or flip, as it would be in real life.
  3. Gives you a bit more "professionalism" than the arcade feel of SSX so it’s a nice blend of arcade fun and authenticity.
  4. With all-or-nothing rail and jump placement, the game can sometimes feel shorter and more difficult than it really is, while at other times a bit too easy. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.91]
  5. Rejects spectacle in favour of the sort of satisfaction that results from a slow culmination of small triumphs—a video unlocked here, a trickbook completed there. In the end, though, it's because of this very process that Amped 2 fails to evoke the butterflies-in-the-stomach level of excitement that I get from playing the very best video games.
  6. Microsoft's biggest mistake with Amped 2 was not in shunning its chief competitor's vivacious aerial antics, but in failing to mimic its ease of control and combo structure - areas where the "less is more" idiom could most do with application.
  7. Disappointment, thy name is Amped 2. [Christmas 2003, p.122]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Nov 2, 2012
    8
    Still the best realistic snowboarding game to date! (It's 2012). Why? Amped 2 does right with providing actual landings and probably jump cheese-wedges that makes the game realistic feeling compared to those other snowboarding games that build massive jumps to flat landings. The game may be dated, but the gameplay, the controller setup, and the way the game functions is incredible for a game made in 2003. It's fun, addictive, and will have you replaying it until the year 2012. Until, someone decides to build the "skate" of all snowboarding games. Until then, Amped 2 still beats SSX, Amped 3, and so forth. Expand

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