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|SSX 3 Review PS2|
remove your feet from the board to pull of foot plants. While racing you will not need to pull tricks for points but your will need to boost your meter which is done by pulling tricks, the larger the better. One thing that I thought was quite strange in the previous SSX games was the trick system. All the tricks are just as easy as the next to pull off, the main factor between large tricks and average tricks is the height of the jump needed to pull one off. This has not changed in SSX 3, it would have been nice to have seen a few Tony Hawk like tricks thrown in the mix amongst regular SSX trick system.
If you do happen to have a rough landing, getting back up and on with the race is a very quick affair. If you hit the jump button you will be able to get up and carry on racing with minimal lose of time. If you venture where you are not meant to go you will find that the game will stop your progress and drop you back on the course. There is one thing wrong with this, you cant always see where you are not meant to go, some areas look like short cuts (There are loads of short cuts in SSX3) and they are not. This is a shame as it make you think twice about trying a different route.
The PS2 version of SSX 3 has network play, this means you are able to hook up to the internet and play against wide range of people. More than anything this option will increase the replay value of the game. The one real let down with the online option is the number of players you can race against as one time, just one. That's right you can only race against one person online at a time which is a real shame. You have to make your way into the lobby and then challenge someone to a race, or you can press a quick match button that will automatically select someone for you. SSX 3 runs very well online, the controls are slightly sluggish but you shouldn't find any lag so long as you have a decent line. SSX 3 does have support for the USB headset so if you wise to praise or slate you opponent you may do so.
Graphically SSX 3 is stunning producing some of the best snow effects you will ever see. The colours are brilliantly bright and the animations are great. Each peak has its own kind of feel and some of the views are stunning as you are hurtling down near vertical snow faces. SSX 3 sounds great, everything from the sound effects to the voice acting from the snowboarders themselves. Best of all is the music featuring Chemical Brothers and other great stuff. Something very strange yet brilliant happens with the music as you make your progress down the hill. Depending on your progress and what you are actually doing, pulling off a trick or just speeding. If you do pull a big air the music will die down until you hit the ground again when it will kick back it at full volume. You can edit the play list and you also have the option to switch off the DJ, but I quite like him, he isn't obtrusive at all.
If you want a break neck speed racer that provides a real rush unlike any other game SSX3 is just what you want. The whole thing is a fantastic sequel to an already great game and you would be plain silly to miss it.
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