Shaun White Snowboarding Review
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System: PS2, DS, X360, PS3, PC, Wii Review Rating Legend
Dev: Ubisoft Montreal 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Ubisoft 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Nov. 16, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

While it is obvious developers are concentrating on using the entire play area, roaming around trying to find each coin can become tedious and unentertaining. It is fitting that many of the cutscenes starring Shaun tend to be equally as dull, as the storyline based around you having to complete various objectives is loosely pieced together. The story mode seems somewhat irrelevant in the game, other than the need to star Shaun White as the game’s poster boy, and many people will find free-roaming more enjoyable than playing through the solo campaign. Multi-player is also one of the game’s strongest suits, as casually boarding through such large areas with a buddy prove to be the most fun you will have with SWS.

Shaun White Snowboarding screenshot

The goal of Shaun White Snowboarding is undoubtedly to offer a more realistic, less arcade style of gameplay. All of your jump, spin, grab, and carve moves are easy to grasp and landing them is made easier, even if you return to the snowy surface a tad awkwardly. Moves may also be more exaggerated than what a professional could actually pull off, though Shaun White Snowboarding never turns into an Amped or Tony Hawk style of arcade. The result is a much slower game, and the speed at which you travel down hills tends to be a lot duller than those familiar with playing less realistic boarding titles. Laugh-out-loud wipeout animations are also non-existent in Shaun White Snowboarding, popularized by Tony Hawk. The transition of such extreme sports games to a more family-friendly title such as this can actually be hard to get used to, and may cause some gamers to bore of Shaun White Snowboarding quickly. It rapidly becomes apparent that this game is better suited for children and gamers less experienced than you probably are.

A cool soundtrack featuring a list of acts as diverse as Anti-Flag, Run DMC, and Jefferson Airplane is mixed well with the ambience of shushing down mountains for an impressive aural experience. Visually, Shaun White Snowboarding tends to look unpolished. There are moments of shaky player movements and shuddering at certain times, and the game utilizes unappealing blurring techniques when reaching a high rate of speed. This is actually when the game looks and feels its worse, as the visuals of bombing down a hill is not quite met in the sensation of this very slow-moving game.

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In all, the games accessibility for more casual gamers may bore some fans of other snowboarding titles. Anyone used to the SSX or Amped styles of snowboarding may grow tired of Shaun White Snowboarding and its simplistic controls and lack of speed. With its E 10+ rating and overall Wii-styled imagery, those who don’t enjoy more casual party game styles will probably bore with this easily.

By Pete Richards
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.0
Graphics
Blurring effects are used frequently and framerate issues are common, though the game boasts a cool cartoon aesthetic.
3.3
Control
Controls are easy to grasp and comprehensive, though are incredibly simplistic; they may bore more experienced gamers.
3.9
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Great rock soundtrack is complemented by breezy ambience while free-roaming the mountaintops.
3.1
Play Value
Free-roaming the vast levels tends to be the most fun, as gamers will tend to find little entertainment value in Sean’s Quest mode.
3.0
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Huge mountains around the world: Five mountains with a variety of slopes to ride give the player plenty of room to play in this outdoor playground.
  • Embark on a solo campaign and explore the wildest mountains of the world, or select and replay specific slope challenges. Innovative multi-player features include co-op and competitive modes, which also create a richer and deeper overall experience.
  • Unique scoring system: Speed, trick, slide and carve your way to victory. Points are allotted based on these four actions rather than simply tricking – link these together to increase your skill rewards.
  • Intuitive controls: Experience a totally intuitive controls scheme, where all tricks and actions are available right from the beginning.


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