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Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding (Xbox)

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Wow... Olivier Masse (421) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Quite possibly the most fun AND realistic snowboarding game ever. JPaterson (9147) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
A not too bad snowboarding game. Anthony Colford (4) 2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.3
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Overall MobyScore (17 votes) 3.8


The Press Says

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93
Gaming Target
This might come out sounding bad, but the most impressive thing about Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding is what they did with the audio. First off, like many Xbox games, Amped supports full on Dolby Digital 5.1 in game, so pump up the volume kiddies, it’s time to rock. The music alone is a tremendous “first”. I mean, what other game out there do you know of that has 150 REAL music tracks in it? Even Philiphony Digital’s prized Gran Turismo 3, one that boasts real music tracks, only clocked in at about 20-30 tracks. Not only does the amount alone stagger the mind (not to mention the pictures on the walls), but also, Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding uses the CD-ripping feature that comes with every Xbox.
93
Fragland.net
Ever since I got myself the Xbox, I was wondering what level of enjoyment it would bring me next time. When Amped was introduced to the game industry, I thought by myself, let's hope this game will change the habitual trend in snowboard games.
90
MS Xbox World
Amped has fulfilled my expectations and exceeded them for a mile. It's an extremely tough challenge in the later levels but it's just so damn hard to put down. It's everything a snowboarding game should be; fun, exciting, challenging and making you come back for more and more, time and time again. If you're remotely interested in extreme sport games, you will love this. If you aren't then you'll love it anyway because it's games like this that cross over so well. Just stick with the strange control system and you'll understand why it is done that way. Soon enough it will become second nature and those high scores don't seem so high anymore. I can't recommend this game enough, I'm still enjoying it and it's great to sit down with for a few minutes or a few hours, go on and treat yourself to a truly magnificent game.
90
Game XC (GXC)
I keep finding this game in my Xbox even when I have new games to play. This game is a classic. An exceptional game needs all of the above and this game gets an A+. To all those Xbox owners out there you should really check this game out. But rent before buy, I would tell everyone just to buy it but some people just don’t like the controls so they give up. Takes a real gamer to play and love this game. Microsoft is king.
90
Gameplanet
All in all, this is a very solid snowboarding game. It has plenty of unique aspects to help it stand out from the crowd and is appealing enough to be of interest to people that have never looked at a snowboarding game before. This is a solid title that no Xbox gamer should dismiss - rent it at the very least and if you have even a passing interest in snowboarding or snowboarding games, buy it.
89
Xbox World Australia (XWA)
Given the game is now available as a Classics title, and sells for a RRP of $49.95, I believe it is a must for ALL Xbox owners regardless of whether you like snowboarding or not. I've never been snowboarding, and I think it's better than the majority of the Xbox games on the market today. Amped will offer you plenty of replay ability, and it should last you until that new title you've been craving for hits the shelfs. It's also definitely one of the better games in the Classics title list.
89
GameZone
This game is essentially about freestyle snowboarding and scoring points. In that regard, the program has depth of play, and a nice progression of events. At its simplest, you pick a snowboarder from a list of 12 pros to act as your avatar. Then, depending on your ability, you pick a slope and carve down it, hitting the hills and throwing as many tricks as you can. The difficulty of the trick determines the points awarded for a successful landing. Mess up the landing, and you will see the points you would have scored cast in ice across the bottom of the screen.
87
4Players.de
Wer nur halbwegs auf gepflegtenSnowboard-Spaß abfährt, wird nicht an Amped vorbei kommen. Eine prinzipiell hervorragende Grafik, eine ansprechende Steuerung und der im Grunde „offene“ Soundtrack sorgen für eine Menge Spielspaß. Da sich der Schwierigkeitsgrad im genau richtigen Tempo Euren Fähigkeiten anpasst und die Strecken Euch mit immer neuen Herausforderungen überraschen, ist stundenlanger Spielspaß vorprogrammiert. Wenn im Multiplayer-Bereich noch ein wenig mehr Zeit investiert worden wäre, hätte Amped zu einem todsicheren Platin-Gewinner zählen können. So reicht es nur zu einem „knapp vorbei“. Jetzt ist aber genug gesagt: Ab in den Schnee!
87
Netjak
I can't recommend a game more to anyone looking for something fresh amongst the sea of mediocrity that is "extreme" sports games. If you prefer realism to fantasy, you will be more than happy with Amped. At a measly 20 bucks, this game is a steal. I will mention once again though: this game is very unforgiving. You will have to work for it, but there is a lot of gaming goodness to be had here. This is one of those games that make me proud to have an Xbox. Do yourself a favor and pick it up. I doubt that you will be disappointed.
86
GameSpy
The bottom line is that you won't find anything outlandish in Amped. No tunnels, breakaway barriers, gratuitous neon lighting, secret paths, chasms, or the ability to rush down through frozen city streets. Instead you get mountains, snow, clean looking graphics, wide, wide open spaces, paparazzi, and the freedom to freestyle your way down very realistic and immersive mountain runs. Amped may not be exactly like snowboarding, but it's the closest you can get without equipment.
86
Deaf Gamers
Amped is a fine game that offers plenty of depth and a long lifespan. Some may moan about the learning curve but persevere and you will find plenty of enjoyment to be had.
85
MS Xbox World
All in All Amped is a mater piece and one which I personally can’t wait to get my grubby little hands on for yet more free roaming madness!! Please bewaire this was a 20 – 30 minute hands on experience so the 8.5 out of 10 may well improve come a full review. In this games case I would not bet against it.
85
Gamers.at
Einer der Launchtiteln der XBOX ist Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding, das erste Snowboardgame, das sich ausschließlich um Freestyle dreht. Abgedrehte Spins und Turns, endlose Rails runterkrachen - und das alles ohne Zeitbegrenzung. Zeig vor Fotografen und Filmern deine schrägsten Stunts, dann geht´s in der Rangliste nach oben. Und: Überzeug die Sponsoren der großen Marken davon, dich unter Vertrag zu nehmen.
84
Pelit
Komeat maisemat, 125 tavoitetta ja kattavat temppuvalikoimat takaavat viihdettä pitkäksi aikaa. Sujuvien kontrollien myötä tärkeä vielä kerran -henki on vahvasti läsnä, mikä on aina hyvän pelin merkki.
84
Looki
Wow! Auch wenn Amped einiges schwerer zu steuern ist, als ein SSX von EA Sports macht es unheimlich viel Spaß. Die technische Seite hat zum Launch der Xbox wirklich nichts vermissen lassen. Die Entwickler versuchten die Realität miteinzubinden, was ihnen größtenteils auch gelungen ist. Mit original Boarder, einem echten coolen Sounderlebnis, welches ich bis dato noch in keinem anderen Game so ausgereift sah, und natürlich der Gameplay-Seite ist Amped für mich der Genre-König. Wer eine Xbox sein Eigen nennen kann und zudem mal was anderes zocken möchte, als das Altbewehrte, ist mit Amped mehr als nur gut bedient. Bravo Microsoft!
84
Gameswelt
Getreu dem Motto 'Runter kommen sie alle' steht für mich fest, dass die Mannen von Microsoft mit 'Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding' einen wahren Erfolg landen konnten. Vor allem die enorme Zahl an Strecken sowie die nicht zu verachtende Grafik und der fetzige Sound machen die Simulation zum König des Genres. Da können auch kleinere Mängel wie die teilweise etwas kurz geratenen Strecken den Gesamteindruck nicht mehr trüben. Einziger Wermutstropfen bleibt allerdings der Multiplayerpart, der leider ohne 'Splitscreen'-Modus auskommen muss. Hätte man hier etwas mehr Zeit investiert, so hätte man 'Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding' sicherlich zu einem Kandidaten für einen Award zählen können. Schlussendlich kann man sagen, dass das Game für alle nur halbwegs Wintersport-interessierten Spieler ein Muss darstellt, dessen Kauf man sicher nicht bereuen wird.
83
Gamesmania
Wer schon immer mal entspannt per Snowboard auf idyllischen Wintersport Pisten durch den Schnee gleiten wollte darf sich nun auf der Xbox endlich in den Sessellift schwingen. Spektakuläre und dennoch halbwegs nachvollziehbare Tricks lassen die Fahrt ins Tal zu einer schön anzusehenden Performance werden. Wer sich für Spiele dieser Art begeistern kann, und nicht ständig durch vorgegebene Ziele herausgefordert werden will, sollte diese coole Scheibe schleunigst in seine Xbox legen.
83
Xbox Gazette
Amped regorge de petits détails agréables et sait se démarquer de la concurrence avec un côté simulation fort bien venu. L'impression de liberté, les graphismes réussis et la bande sonore riche, font de ce titre l'un des meilleurs jeux du genre sortis ces dernières années, toutes machines confondues. Les contrôles du jeu, bien pensés, sont malgré tout difficiles à maîtriser dans les premières heures de jeu, et risquent d'en rebuter certains. Le jeu en multijoueurs, très pauvre et mal conçu entache quelque peu la bonne impression générale de cet excellent jeu de snowboard.
82
TeamXbox
When it’s all said and done, Amped should be on everyone’s list of Xbox games. Although it has a rocky start, most will find it highly addicting after you have learned the basic mechanics of the game. With only a few details left out, it still holds a very high replay value.
80
X-Power
Amped is zeker een aanrader als je van boarding games houd maar ook voor de niet boardfan kan het fun zijn, nodig enkele vrienden en probeer hen te verslaan. Het geluid en de graphics zijn super realistisch, het spel speelt vloeiend, de gameplay is goed en de bediening is simpel als je het gewoon wordt. Heb je het spel nog niet in je collectie en ben je net zoals ik een boardfan, loop naar de winkel en haal een exemplaar op. Amped all the way !!!
80
Jeuxvideo.com
Note Générale 16/20Amped constitue sans aucun doute l'un des meilleurs titres Xbox disponibles au lancement de la console. Sa jouabilité très technique déconcertera peut-être les habitués du genre, mais avec un minimum de pratique, on découvre toute la richesse du gameplay pour profiter pleinement des sensations qu'il procure. Le jeu n'est pas en reste non plus au niveau des graphismes, et se veut particulièrement rassurant en ce qui concerne le potentiel de la console.
80
Game Over Online
Being developed and published by Microsoft, Amped comes with the same polish that graced Microsoft's attempts in NFL Fever 2002. And dare I say it even possesses the ability to surpass that achievement, at least in the gameplay department, with its strict abeyance to the realism of the snowboarding sport. In the end, Amped is faithful to snowboarding and if not the actual craft, at least the very zeitgeist of the sport. It is easy to start playing and the title is enjoyable to a wide range of audiences. The absence of any time limits adds to this accessibility as well. Hardcore players who have honed their skills on titles like SSX Tricky may not find this title very compelling. However, Amped offers some dazzling scenery to compensate. Some of the weather effects, like snow and fog, are realistically draped on the open vistas. Ultimately, if you were like me and was curious about the whole snowboarding 'thing', Amped is a great title to help you learn about the sport.
80
Club Skill
This game has a 3+ age rating given by the ELSPA. As this title is old now, it is a great blast for the cheap price it is available for. The modes within the game are plentiful, and are pleasing to the extreme sports enthusiast.
80
GamePro (US)
Amped is definitely a serious game for serious snowboarders the attention to detail, the realism, and the complex but rewarding gameplay is more technical than in most snowboarding games. At various times, you’ll have to impress the media, beat the point totals, show off for the potential sponsors, and eventually challenge the pros on their own turf.
70
Play.tm
Of course, as any self-respecting Snowboarder would testify, it’s all about style, and this game has it by the bucketload – whether it’s the coolest on the slopes is debateable, but if the excellent and rousing soundtrack is anything to go by then it’s pretty close. All in all then, Amped is a fun if rather too challenging Snowboarding game, that does prove a little frustrating at times, mainly as a result of some comparatively minor flaws. Fans of these games will probably enjoy the struggle, but those looking for a quick arcade thrill may be advised to look elsewhere.
70
Bordersdown
Amped is a title that is sadly overlooked. On face value it’s another snowboarding sim crossed with Tony Hawks clone, but one that with an initially frustrating learning curve. However, underneath all that is a very playable title that deserves more than being pigeonholed and can hold its head up as being a key piece in the Microsoft cannon.
70
Game Informer Magazine
It’s too bad that all these extras outshine the game’s dull and problematic gameplay. While Amped moves fast, the physics are unrealistic and severely deficient. Coming off a jump, you will rocket into the air, as if not bound by the laws of gravity. You can tilt your player in any direction, and he will continue to fly sideways or upside down until you hit the ground. This flaw makes pulling off speedy trick combos a chore, and ultimately ruined the experience for me.
70
MS Xbox World
Amped is a pretty decent snowboarding game that just has some problems with the control and the way that the game play is laid out. While it isn't the best that I've played, it is almost as good as Tricky on the X-Box and until something slightly better comes along, you really don't have much choice. For those snowboarding purists, you really can't go wrong with a title like Amped and it will keep you playing through the wee hours of a weekend morning. However, if you're looking for constant action, a number of tricks and exceptionally different cast of characters, then you need to look elsewhere on the mountain for your snowboarding fix!
67
The Video Game Critic
The game manages to be fun despite its frequent frustrations. Its terrific guitar-driven soundtrack will get you totally stoked, and if you get annoyed with any tune, just hit the "white" button to skip it! I could do without the game's smart-assed commentary however ("Try landing that next time!"), and where are those goofy cartoon voices coming from? The multiplayer mode is turns-only (no split-screen), which is seriously lame. Amped has some rough edges, but there's still enough wintry goodness here to keep you busy over the cold months.
67
GameSpot
In the days of yore, snowboarding games were a niche genre that was traditionally only filled after the skateboarding, BMX, motocross, and other extreme sports games had already been released. But with the rising popularity of extreme sports in North America, snowboarding games have become almost as important as 3D platformers and action games to a console's success. As proof of this shift in popularity, Xbox owners have the choice of no less than three snowboarding games in the console's first two months of existence. Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding is Microsoft's take on the sport, and while it's an ambitious game filled with options real snowboarders will love, its fundamentally flawed gameplay drastically limits its appeal.
65
Game Informer Magazine
Through sticky and unresponsive controls, Amped’s gameplay can best be described as a frozen turd. I do give credence to the creative design and incredible soundtrack, but as a whole, it just doesn’t stack up against SSX or Shaun Palmer.