Before I start this review I have to say that I love the SSX series. I have been a fan of the series since SSX 3 was released on the PS2, Xbox, and Gamecube. That being said I am reviewing a game not gushing about it so if it has problems you will know.
So without further ado lets review SSX.
SSX is split up into 2 modes: World Tour and Drops. World Tour represents the single player portion of the game and sees you in control of Team SSX as you attempt to conquer 9 of the deadliest mountains known to man before your rival. It is more of a long tutorial that earns you some credits to unlock the cast of characters in the game and earn you a bit of gear before you start the other mode of the game.
DROP TILL YOU DROP
Drops make up the bulk of SSX game and where you will spend most of your time. Each of the 168 drops in the game have a Gold, Silver, and Bronze medal to earn which adds some serious replay value for completionists. Drops consist of 1 of 3 events: Race it, Trick it, Survive it. Race it and Trick it are self-explanatory but Survive it is brand new to the series. Each of the 9 mountains has a condition like Thin Air, Ice, or Trees and you have to contend with the elements to survive as long as possible. It is easily the worst event type and is something you will hate doing as the requirements for Gold are insane.
As you finish each event you will earn Credits and XP which let you buy new boards and clothes and lets you unlock the harder mountains there are micro-transactions but they are worthless as credits are so abundant that you will never need to worry about running out.
SMOOTH AS SNOW
SSX came in 2012 and in 2016 it still looks great. Visuals aren’t really important in a game like this but SSX still has some serious polish to it. The mountains are all distinct and the characters really have some personality which helps make them likeable. I play this via Backwards Compatability on Xbox One and encountered a few glitches and some slowdown in a few places I don’t know if this was in the original release but I encountered during my time.
Audio is important in SSX and this one has great audio. The soundtrack is a great mix of electric, rock, and pop and has some great up and coming artist and of course it has RUN DMC “It’s Tricky” as well.