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  • Summary: In Steep, players can use the innovative trail feature to relive their most inspiring rides and trailblazing achievements, and share them on social networks with friends. Along with sharing ride replays, players can also use this feature to challenge friends to outrace them on a shared path,In Steep, players can use the innovative trail feature to relive their most inspiring rides and trailblazing achievements, and share them on social networks with friends. Along with sharing ride replays, players can also use this feature to challenge friends to outrace them on a shared path, create epic stunts or set out to discover the massive mountain playground. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Dec 13, 2016
    82
    Despite some technical and usability flaws, STEEP manages to deliver a satisfying extreme winter sports experience, with a well balanced gameplay between arcade and simulation and a ton of things to do in a huge and surprisingly varied environment. A welcome return for a long gone genre.
  2. Dec 8, 2016
    80
    Steep is a very good game, especially for a genre that has gone by the wayside for a while. The paragliding may feel boring to most people, but the skiing, snowboarding and wingsuit diving are exciting and well implemented enough to make up for that inclusion. The emphasis on open-world traversal over conquering specific events makes this a game with a much more relaxed feel, but it still provides tons of exciting moments for those who are open to such a change from the action sports template. Even if the winter sports selection were much larger on the current console generation, Steep would still be worth checking out.
  3. Dec 28, 2016
    80
    There are some things to like about Steep, particularly its open world approach to snow sports, but it doesn't quite all gel well together. If you're looking for a snowboard stunt game, then you should pass on Steep because that's not the focus of the game. On the other hand, if you enjoy snow sports, then it's worth checking out. You'll have enough fun exploring the large amount of terrain contained in the game that you'll get your money's worth from it before it reaches the point where it begins to feel played out.
  4. 78
    Steep is an admirable effort from Ubisoft Annecy, one that is chock full of decent ideas, but held back by others. This simulation extreme sports title lays down the foundations for what could turn out to be another staple in Ubisoft’s ever growing catalogue.
  5. Dec 16, 2016
    70
    Steep is a game that's never really sure what it is, and its vagueness and lack of meaningful rewards causes it to suffer in any comparisons to the likes of SSX. But there's a quiet thrill to exploring the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc, and snowed-in Alpine villages. It's a strangely attractive approach for all its qualifications, and there's a constant sense that Ubisoft is channeling George Mallory's famous response when asked why he wanted to scramble up Mount Everest: "Because it's there."
  6. Dec 14, 2016
    65
    Steep is a great game marred by odd design decisions that drag it down a few notches. With some tweaks and band-aids this could easily be one of the better games of 2016, but the nagging issues found here are enough to make me not want to play it for more than an hour or so at a time.
  7. Dec 6, 2016
    60
    The emphasis on freedom is undermined by the game being a series of challenges. The allure of exploration is undone by the ability to teleport anywhere. The loose and wacky physics system belies the real-world setting. These are all disconnects that Steep can't reconcile, and it's a stranger and more off-putting experience because of it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Jan 4, 2017
    10
    Severely underrated game. I came in expecting just a fraction of what is here. Reviews are insane these days. I'm not really sure what peopleSeverely underrated game. I came in expecting just a fraction of what is here. Reviews are insane these days. I'm not really sure what people even expect in games. Apparently, being able to do 4+ sports on a gigantic mountain range where you can wingsuit your way from a hot air balloon and then ski or snowboard down an entire mountain ending up in a village by a frozen lake is not enough anymore.

    You also have the ability to dictate time of day and ambiance whenever you like. There is always something to guide you properly to where you need to be, and all challenges are easily accessible both on the mountain map and through menus.

    No other game allows this type of freedom in this genre. Hell, this genre is almost gone. It's sad that people do not want to support games like this anymore.

    All the while people are online with you, and you can buddy up with other players. Right now I think it's great that you can just ski down the mountain with a random person you just met. I don't get how this game is scoring below an 8 at all. And many do actually agree. At least the people playing the game seem to be enjoying it a lot. There is a decent customer base here too. I hope when the game drops in price more will pick it up.

    Let's get to the show: there is a lot to do in this game. A lot of scores to break. I think more or less people should expect this to be like a Driveclub game. It's all about getting better and better with runs. Yet there is a competent story mode and plenty of customization when it comes to character.

    Once you start exploring around and getting a few golds the controls become second nature to me. After the last patch it plays like a dream mostly. Wingsuiting has never been done better. Snowboarding and skiing are entirely competent and at times an amazing experience. Especially for the ten minute runs that have you going over so much terrain.

    Alaska DLC is coming as a free patch for everyone. Nevermind the fact that most games in the past like SSX3 had one mountain not even as big as the main range here. Yes, I too love SSX. But this is a slightly more realistic version of SSX with not as much flash and a lot more realism. Carving and shredding snow has never felt this good in years.

    Honestly, so far this is a ten for me. The game is everything I needed it to be, and more patches, optimization, and fixes will come in the future. For now the game is online only for those that care, but an offline mode will surely be patched in later.
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  2. Dec 13, 2016
    10
    Anybody scoring this below a 10 hasn't played long enough to master it. This game is VERY difficult. I've been playing games for nearly aAnybody scoring this below a 10 hasn't played long enough to master it. This game is VERY difficult. I've been playing games for nearly a quarter of a century and this still took me 5-6 hours to become proficient at. It's worth sticking with as when you start to combine tricks into the flow of your runs it really feels quite magical and as close as you're going to come to the feeling of descending a mountain without packing your bags and flying to France! Expand
  3. Dec 5, 2016
    10
    This is a great game.

    The fact that there are 0 loading screens except for when you first boot the game blows my mind. You can pop anywhere
    This is a great game.

    The fact that there are 0 loading screens except for when you first boot the game blows my mind. You can pop anywhere you want at any time and you'll be there instantly. The map is massive and it's only going to get bigger with the FREE Alaska map dlc. Tons of customization from wacky costumes to serious snow gear. The controls take a little bit to get used to but once you get it, there's only room for improvement. The skill cap is ridiculously high. You can Spawn at the top of a mountain, make a line and then share that line with your friends as a challenge, race, best jump, etc. It has its glitches but no game breaking ones I've seen yet. Did I forget to mention the game is BEAUTIFUL? Everytime you do anything in this game it's screenshot worthy because of the beautiful Vistas. As someone who put 30 hours into the beta and 25 so far since release I highly recommend this to anyone looking for something new and fun.
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  4. Dec 27, 2016
    8
    I've never played a snowboarding game in my life. I've always heard people raving about SSX and things of that nature but I never reallyI've never played a snowboarding game in my life. I've always heard people raving about SSX and things of that nature but I never really wanted to get into it. Then I saw the trailer(s) for this game and was instantly drawn in.

    First of all, open world is probably the best choice on the spectrum for this type of game. Without it, this game would have never sold more than 10,000 copies at launch, and I wouldn't have 15 hours logged despite having the game for 2 days.

    This game is stunningly gorgeous, like holy s***. I just got done playing one of the mountain stories "The Great Outdoors", and I was left completely speechless from some of the sights combined with great music choices. Graphically, this game is a perfect 10.

    Now, if you don't like repetitiveness, DO NOT buy this game. Period. I love the **** out of this game because I have over 1000 hours on Destiny and not once did it get boring. Ever.

    The reason I didn't give this a perfect score is because the clipping and spawn glitches are really starting to get on my nerves, on top of the fact that paragliding is THE WORST THING. EVER. I don't even think I have the energy to talk about paragliding right now.
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  5. Dec 5, 2016
    8
    This is a great game that has some pretty prevalent faults.

    The Good.... The game looks a controls great and there is a lot to do. The
    This is a great game that has some pretty prevalent faults.

    The Good....
    The game looks a controls great and there is a lot to do. The controls are similar to other games of the same vein. Pulling off big tricks is extremely rewarding and the game gives you the ability to do a run over again if you mess up on a challenge. It has an open world that is a giant mountain that you can literally go anywhere on so the amount of different things to discover and do seems endless.

    The Bad...
    The open world has other users in it and the users can create their own content by marking a run for other users to do and try out. While this seems great it doesn't feel that fleshed out.
    Also, while this world is big and open and there are a lot of other users around it also can feel quite barren which is unfortunate. Also, when customizing your character there is no indication that buying new equipment will change anything which is unfortunate since different equipment in the real world handles and feels very different....

    The Ugly...
    The camera is very frustrating. As good as the game controls that camera often times will not allow your character go in the correct direction. Also, I have had my character get "stuck" a few times. The game gives you the ability to walk out anytime you are stuck but if you are in the middle of a challenge you will just have to restart, which as you can imagine is frustrating.

    Summary...

    This is a great game that is a lot of fun to play. While it has some shortcomings (quite a few actually) when the game is at its best it's great and the good outweighs the bad significantly.
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  6. Dec 4, 2016
    6
    A great concept, and I am a huge fan of snowboarding games, have been since I played games like Cool Boarders and 1080, so trust me when IA great concept, and I am a huge fan of snowboarding games, have been since I played games like Cool Boarders and 1080, so trust me when I said that I really wanted to give this game a solid 10.

    What we have here is a game that does about as many things wrong as it does right. For example the environments look great and the character animations look really smooth and respond appropriately, the snowboarding and skiing is well represented and easily the reason to get this game, even the wingsuit and paragliding is well done, and as you explore the game you can really get a sense that the developers just wanted you to be able to go out and explore sort of like you would in Skate and just find ideal lines to repeat or new spots.

    Now I have played this game a lot, pretty much unlocked most of what there is to unlock, seen what there is to be seen, and progressed through the challenges. It's satisfying for that winter games itch if you are like me and also a big fan of snowboarding games. Thing is it isn't perfect... far from in fact.

    To start lets talk about the snowboarding/skiing, pretty much the entire reason to buy this game. Best way to describe it is somewhere between 1080 for the N64 and Skate for the PS3/360. You sort of have that sim/arcade kind of balance that those games had and a lot of the gameplay seems to be inspired by both games. For example it has that same damage mechanic that 1080 had for landing big jumps and going over rough terrain, but here it's a bit different. What they have done here is give you what they call a "G meter." Now this g meter sort of acts like the COD recovery mechanic, where when you take damage you will hear your character react and the screen will start to go black and white until your character finally gives up or recovers after a few seconds of not taking any damage.

    Sounds like a good idea right? Well I would have to agree... if it worked right. Problem is it is inconsistent, and inconsistency is a subject that generally rules my disappointment with this game. For example sometimes it will react appropriately, sometimes it seems like it doesn't react at all, and other times it seems hyper sensitive and goes off seemingly at random putting you on the verge of death when you feel like that shouldn't have happened. Now this is a problem that brings down my score in the end as it leads to a lot of frustration due to the ragdoll effects that happen when you exceed the g meter. When this happens you will literally just watch your character flip, flop, and flail around helplessly and without any attempts to regain composure as if they have gone completely unconscious. This would make sense if the character truly did go unconscious, but the problem is that apparently they don't. The game has an entirely different reaction for when you go unconscious, which is when you endure too much punishment for your character to get back up.

    This is pretty bad as you will often watch your character flop around helplessly for what can seem like over half a minute at times. It can be pretty funny or entertaining if you aren't trying to do something, but when you are trying to race or need to go somewhere and your character just keeps flopping around it works like an instant death maneuver. For me this has led to a lot of frustration due to the issues with the g meter mentioned earlier, but this isn't the end of what is wrong with the snowboarding skiing, as I still need to get into the controls.

    Now the controls are a real mixed bag. The scheme seems simple enough and at the best of times it is, but the problem is that feels terribly inconsistent at times to the point to where you can sometimes feel like you are merely suggesting what you want your character to do as opposed to controlling them directly. For example, take the freestyle trick controls. You use the right trigger to jump, the left analog to spin and flip, but you can only perform your spin and flip actions on the controller after you have jumped, so in other words there is no "pre-load" like you have in games like SSX. This can be fine, but it doesn't always seem to respond correctly. Sometimes you will perform the maneuver you desires, and other times you will watch your character just do nothing at all. That is right, for some reason, if the game decides you didn't move your analog stick in the spin or flip direction you wanted you will just watch your character stubbornly refuse to do anything. This also works for the jumping, which seems like it has a delay. So not only do you need to jump before you think you would, but the game doesn't even seem to allow you to jump at times as it will cancel out or not even register for some weird reason.

    Anyways I think that is enough about the snowboarding and skiing. Oh, there is also some wingsuit and paragliding stuff in this game. It's alright, but I wouldn't get the game for it. Serves best as a means for exploration.

    I give this game a C+, could be much better as it is
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  7. Dec 28, 2016
    0
    Got this game overX-Mas and was looking forward to playing. Downloaded the digital version from the Xbox Store. Not sure why the digitalGot this game overX-Mas and was looking forward to playing. Downloaded the digital version from the Xbox Store. Not sure why the digital download is full price of $59.99, but you can buy the disc version on Amazon for less (49.99). I thought the digital version was suppose to be less? After dl'g, I went to play by starting the game, and it would not connect to the Steep server. And, without that connection, the game could not be played at all. I guess there is no playing offline. I tried resetting everything, still the same Steep server connection error. Ubisoft support was useless, as I could not even get through. Fortunately, I got through to Microsoft who was real good and refunded me the money spent on this game. Ubisoft makes even EA look good. I think I am likely done with Ubisoft games. This one was a complete waste of multiple hours of my time. I'm just glad that Microsoft refunded me. Expand

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