As a huge SSX Tricky fan, this was always going to happen. There always has to be a moment when somebody can sit, blog and generally fan out over their favourite game of all time. If you’re not a fan of SSX or you generally don’t care to see a few paragraphs which will only lost pros of this game (because let’s be honest, there are no cons) then this post isn’t for you.
SSX Tricky is a snowboarding game that is part of the SSX franchise but this game is particularly special, for a lot of people (myself included) this is the best entry in the series. The first SSX was already pretty good but this took everything that first SSX brought to the table and just elevated it to another level. Some will argue that SSX 3 succeeded that level but that argument is for another blog post.
The game has a crazy cast of characters and is just plain good over the top fun and once the controls are learned it can become very, very addictive. When playing the game one of the most noticeable things are the tricks (because SSX Tricky, you know?) but these tricky are by no means ordinary, if anything the tricks are probably 90% of the reason that the game is just plain good over the top fun. It’s possible to flip and spin so much that the trick will register as ‘???’ because the tricks are so insane, but the average player probably won’t care to notice that because of how amazing the flips and spins appear.
Racing is another feature of the game and the races can get pretty intense especially if the main goal is to knockdown every other racer involved rather than win. On top of that, the game has a feature called ‘adrenaline’ which is gained when tricks are done or when other racers are knocked down, since adrenaline is so necessary in the game it means that players may have to resort to playing dirty to get some, the need to gain adrenaline is intensified by the fact that it slowly drains itself.
Enough with the features of the game, the game can provide hours of entertainment especially if there are two players. It’s like playing in the arcade without having to be there which is amazing, the vibrant colours makes it great for children but the competitive nature of the game makes it great for gamers, the levels have countless paths to explore so the likelihood is that if you think you know a level from back to front. YOU DON’T.
A lot of people will be turned off by the fact that EA published the game but this is one of things that EA did right.