Hi guys, another random game I happen to own via owning a PSP. SSX On Tour. I’ll say this much, before played this game I didn’t even know what SSX was so…
What is this game? Like Tony Hawk but for snowboarding
Compared to Tony Hawk? Just… eh.
OK, so I decided to look up SSX – it stands for “Snowboard Supercross” and it’s an EA sports game. EA Sports is a pretty well established “sports games” brand, in fact I reviewed FIFA 10 last week and it was pretty decent for a game I have no interest in.
When I picked this up I thought “this’ll be some crappy snowboard racing game – like the hoverboard racing in Ratchet & Clank, but as a full game.
And, I’ll admit, it impressed me by not being that. It was effectively Tony Hawk but for snowboarding.
Let me talk about Tony Hawk for a little while.
I used to play this game with my friends from school and my sister. I wasn’t very good at it. But I remember it for the following things:
- Being really fun
- Being really open world
- Being very customisable
- Even beginner players could do SOMETHING
- Being full of random/interesting characters
- Lots of cool challenges
- The cheats were awesome
- The soundtrack was great, full of Nu Metal
One of the levels was Alcatraz.
And the multiplayer was really fun – there was a mode where you could “tag” things in different colour to claim it and whoever tags the most, wins.
And the cheats…
Anyway, Tony Hawk Proskater 4 was a really fun, really memorable game.
SSX on Tour…really isn’t.
I was happy that they still had the same kind of music in the game.
And some of the locations were memorable.
And the tricks you could do where cool.
But I felt it really lacked something – maybe the openworldedness, or the fact that you can only snowboard in so many locations, but it wasn’t what I hoped it would be when I realised it wasn’t just a crappy snowboard racing game.
It’s much harder to pick up than Tony Hawk – I had real problems with the controls. I kept failing “easy” missions because I struggled to gain speed, or jump high enough or something like that. I’m generally not very good at sports games, so I expected not to do very well, but I think I expected to do better than I did.
If you’re a fan of sports games – go ahead. If not, give it a miss and just pick up Tony Hawk.