It is one of the most anticipated games of 2012 and has been given a deserved 9/10 from IGN.
Where to start?
The main menu is beautifully presented and the globe feature is a very cool touch. It allows for easy access to every region in the game and looks slick too. The colours blend well and overall it's one of the better menus out there. The characters are displayed like the old games, except this time they update depending on your set chosen outfit for them, neat touch. The Global Events ranking system and scoreboard are presented nicely and it is easy to identify the gold from the bronze.
A huge improvement from the previous games, although that was to be expected as this is a step up to the new generation of consoles. The mountain ranges look beautiful and the colours from the sun and lava are divine. The animations for your character are more realistic and the movement of the snow and ice is more believable than in previous titles.
There are 3 modes in which to play SSX.
World Tour. You must conquer the 9 Deadly Descents of the world, and to spice things up, it's a race to beat SSX veteran Griff. You must play with every character in the game in order to do this so I suppose it allows you to test them all out and discover which one is your favorite ( of course if you've played the previous games, you already have one!) The new characters do nothing for me and just act as more competition. One downside is you don't feel as attached to them as they rarely speak.
Explore. You are given the World as your playground as you have access to every drop on SSX. Be free and enjoy the tracks to beat your friend's times and scores.
Global Events. In my opinion THE best game mode of the lot. Events are set up by SSX with certain requirements on each track. So, for instance an event can prohibit the use of wing suits and can set a max gear level. This adds difficulty to the game and separates the best from the rest. After each run, your time is posted to the leaderboards, you are ranked from Diamond to Bronze and are given credits relating to where you sit in the standings.
In my opinion, the most disappointing aspect of this new SSX is the lack of split-screen multiplayer. There was nothing better than to play against mates in the same race and on the same TV. This will be sorely missed and puts a downer of a seriously good game.
Music: In the previous titles, the soundtrack was out of this world, with music that fits with the style of the game perfectly. I can tell you that this time around, it certainly doesn't disappoint. The soundtrack is sublime and I find myself singing and tapping along to it. Music in games is a crucial aspect and when it's perfect, it certainly shows. Ea have always been good with music.
To sum up, this game is a MUST for SSX fans and for people new to the scene who want a game that is amazingly fun and awesome to play. The huge improvements on graphics and enjoyable, replayable game modes means you will be still be playing this next year. The only bad side to this is the minimal glitching and lack of split screen multiplayer, oh how this game could have been perfect with that. Don't let that leave a bitter taste in your mouth however, as despite that, this game is phenomenal and should be given the credit it deserves. The adrenaline that can be pumped through your body while riding through an avalanche is quite something, and when you have this feeling, you know this game is great.