Years ago, when “next-gen” meant the PS2, I was introduced to what would be one of my favorite sports franchises of all time when I played the original SSX back in 2000. I still remember the commentators telling me that “Snow plus Dream equals SnowDream.” From then on, the franchise has always had a soft spot in my heart, which really means that I’ve bought every game since then and played them to completion. Though the franchise took a couple of missteps (SSX On Tour wasn’t as fun as the third installment, and Blur was kind of a mess) and fell off of the map completely, its newest installment has finally been released. And with some hiccups in some places, I’m happy to say that the franchise is back on it’s sturdy feet.
The game’s story is rather forgettable, but is a great place to recapture your skills. Apparently, the little kid in SSX 3, aka Griff, has broken away from everyone else and thinks that he is the best in the world. So Zoe and the rest of the cast are going from peak to peak across the world to prove him wrong – by doing each of the nine “Deadly Descents.” [Read more...]