In a market as crowded as the first-person shooter genre, it takes more than great explosions and firepower. Winter might not seem that long ago and, after baking in the hot summer sun, a little snowboarding and skiing action might be a great way to "cool off." The SSX series has been a best seller since the beginning, and EA keeps finding new ways to make it fun for gamers. In SSX Blur, developers have redone the game to take advantage of the "Wii-mote" to give gamers an entirely new SSX experience.
Back for the SSX challenges are many of the long-time favorite characters like Kaori, Allegra, Mac and Psymon including two new characters trying out to see if they've got the SSX mojo. With a brand-new mountain as the playground, gamers choose from three different peaks and 12 new tracks to show-off their skills and sweet trickin' abilities. The game controls are motion based, so gamers just have to aim the controls at the screen and go. One hand controls all the on-the-ground action, and the other controls all the aerial tricks. Tricks are easy to pull off, and gamers use their controller to "paint" different shaped outlines to get characters to kick it into Uber Trick mode and string tricks together.
The SSX series always comes with a great soundtrack and SSX: Blur is no exception, but what's different is that the music is incorporated into the gameplay. Music in the game will dynamically mirror the on-screen experience and performance of a gamer's character. When gamers are doing well by pulling off tricks, and not wiping out, the music intensifies which in turn fills up the player's Groove meter. Once the meter is full, it is time to take advantage of speed boosts and amped-up air tricks to keep the thrills over the top and to keep the groove meter constantly full. As much fun as SSX is to play alone, the fun is amplified by playing with friends for multiplayer racing or even to go one-by-one and then sit back to cheer each other on to SSX glory. Either way, SSX: Blur for the Wii packs a lot of good times on those 12 tracks.
|Rating||4 / 5|
|Publisher||Electronic Arts, Inc.|
|Hot||A fresh take on a long time favorite|
|Not||Still want wacky tracks like in SSX Tricky|