Metascore
88

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. There really isn't much that I can find with the game that is wrong, or even remotely wrong, other than Eddie. There isn't a reason to have hair that big and that orange in any type of game.
  2. It lacks the initial "grab" that the original had, but after a couple of courses, you're hooked on this new drug, and you won't want to stop.
  3. SSX Tricky has amazing graphics, hands down. There aren’t any weather effects in the game, but that’ll hardly be noticed with the amazing level design and diverse textured backgrounds.
  4. 90
    There's enough newness in Tricky --the Uber Tricks and Rivalry system-- to differentiate it from it's predecessor but still make the game work as a whole. So if you played it to death or missed SSX on the PS2, on Xbox you're getting the best version possible.
  5. It is the best version around, but it’s because the game is just so much fun that people should pick this one up. If you’ve own the PS2 version or have played it before, there’s not much point.
  6. Tricky’s play mechanics hit you like an avalanche – instantly transforming everyone into snowboarding addicts. [Feb 2002, p.92]
  7. 90
    SSX is special. And the reason for that is the incredible replayability and the pure game design it offers.
  8. Of the three, this version of Tricky has the best controls and graphics. That makes this the best version available.
  9. 90
    A truly solid entertainment package with a wide variety of characters, cool gameplay, and a host of visual and audio candy.
  10. 90
    Taking advantage of the space on that the DVD allows you to have, there’s a lot of information that can be viewed in terms of the making of the game. You’ll see some famous stars such as Oliver Platt and David Arquette talk about lending their voices to the game.
  11. Looks slightly better than the PS2 and GameCube versions of the game, but its unstable frame rates can occasionally hamper the gameplay experience...If you have a choice, the PS2 version is still recommended.
  12. The environments, characters and challenges all come together to form an excellent game which almost anyone will enjoy to play.
  13. The finely tuned play mechanics are what make the game so astonishingly fun to play. [Mar 2002, p.68]
  14. But what really makes SSX Tricky a great reissue is the trick system. Before, where squatting in preparation to jump locked you into a straight line, now you can turn when using the analog stick.
  15. It manages to work well on the Xbox...though the PS2 version is still probably the best of the three.
  16. It redoubles the series' push towards classic status and is, essentially, the next addiction for an entire generation of Tony Crack junkies. [Spring 2002, p.76]
  17. It's an enormous game and works brilliantly, allowing you to earn points to customise your character and unlock all the courses. SSX Tricky makes the perfect companion to Xbox's other, far more serious, snowboarding game, Amped.
  18. For the Xbox, the game has gotten a bit of a facelift, but only for the characters. The courses are laid out the as the PS2 version.
  19. If you’re looking for a game that is fun [and] will allow you to jump right into it, this is definitely the game for you.
  20. A slapdash port of a PlayStation 2 game ported across simply to cash in on a total cow of a licence.
User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Nov 16, 2011
    9
    SSX Tricky... It's by no means a simulation game, but it is definitely enjoyable. I remember spending many hours topping high scores, competing with my siblings, and trying to complete the "campaign" as fast as possible to unlock all the boards and costumes. This over-the-top snowboarding game nails it on so many levels. Full Review »