SSX 3 (PS2) Review

Graphics - 9/10
The graphics here are nothing short of amazing. The snow, ice and weather effects all seem to come alive with stunning presentation. I didn't find one glitch in any of my runs through the many SSX 3 courses. Even pop up seemed to be non-existant, the designers should be proud of that.

Sound - 9/10
The sound is almost a part of the SSX games. Depending on your performance, the music will change to depict it, even whats going on in the stage. Go through some ice tunnels and the music goes slow, and mellow. Start performing big tricks thoug,h and the music will change accordingly. The announcer is where it really shines though. They have gone with a GTA style radio guise for SSX 3 and it really works. The announcer will tell you what races are happening, who the current record holders are, and he even tells the odd joke here and there. This just all adds to an already brilliant sound set up.

Gameplay - 9/10
I'm not going to lie to you here and say this game is easy, because it's not. It's actually very difficult. As always though, practice makes perfect, and it really does. Getting use to the controls and performing those awe inspiring ubers is the only way to win. Performing these tricks also depends on your stats though. Like RPG games, your stats can be built up, bit by bit. Unlike RPG's though, your stats don't go up after a battle. Instead, you have to buy your stats from the local lodge. They start off cheap, but then like anything else, soon mount up to a hefty price. Your character can also be changed physically. New outfits, hats, masks, sunglasses, you name it, it's all there to buy at the lodge. The many secrets are also bought here, although in my opinion, the secrets are somewhat dissapointing.

Replayability - 8/10
There is 1000 extras and customisations possible in SSX 3. That's a lot of stuff to do, so as you can tell there is a lot to keep you busy. Getting all the extras for all characters will possibly take you months, but somehow I feel there isn't a strong will to make me do this. I don't really know why that is. Maybe it's because it takes so long to complete a character 100%. Despite this though, getting 100% for just one character will take awhile, unless you use cheats of course, then it will take about an hour. That would also mean your not a very good player.

Overall - 9/10
EA have done it again. They have managed to produce a totally stunning title, and its difficult to find any faults. If I had to though, the only gripes I have are the occasional slowdown issues, and collision detection can be fiddly, but other than that its a good solid package. Definately a worthy purchase.

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