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Dark Summit plays to the sports crowd as well as the action crowd and that is a rare treat indeed. Mixing genres is often a tricky and challenging quest, but if done right, as is the case in this title, it makes for a worthwhile experience and a concept many gamers would appreciate. There is a lot to like about this title even though there are little things that bring it down, but it still a title gamers should definitely check out.
Overall, Dark Summit is a good game that has a few problems--which range from minor control issues to placement of challenge points--but none of them are substantial enough to ruin the overall experience. The objective-based system works well within this particular environment, and the storyline--though incredibly mediocre--is successful in what it sets out to do. There's nothing that really makes Dark Summit particularly impressive, but it's a good game that's certainly worthy of a rental--if not a purchase.
Die ungewöhnliche Grundidee ist interessant, die Gebiete groß und die Grafik sicherlich nicht schlecht. Und trotzdem bleibt Dark Summit der ganz große Wurf verwehrt: Zu zwiespältig präsentiert sich das eigenartige Physik-System und zu eintönig der Spielverlauf auf lange Sicht. Nach der zigsten Abfahrt hat man einfach wenig Motivation, um auf der ersten Strecke nach dem allerletzten Funktower zu suchen. Schade eigentlich, denn abgesehen vom Sound stimmt eigentlich alles. Wer aber genug von den ewigen Rennen um Platzierungen hat, die man zur Genüge in anderen Snowboard-Spielen erleben kann, findet mit Dark Summit ein schnörkelloses und interessantes Snowboard-Vergnügen, das leider von kleinen Fehlern um den verdienten Erfolg gebracht wird.
Not exactly disappointing, but falling far short of what I'd call a really fun title, Dark Summit is a unique, innovative title. It builds on preexisting gameplay styles, presenting a familiar experience with a nice, if simple and unrefined twist. I'd normally nay say a game like this, but given that it's THQ's first experiment with a different slant on a sports title, my kudos to them. ...But I'd still only rent this one.
Game Informer Magazine
Unfortunately, the PS2’s library is already stocked with at least four snowboarding games that are infinitely better than this. Next time around, maybe Radical will fix the low-gravity physics. Until then, I’d skip it.
Dark Summit can be summed up in one word – “dull.” It’s not a bad game, just really hard to get into because the atmosphere is so blah. The visuals are dull, the gameplay is dull, the tracks are dull, thus the whole product is dull. None are terrible, just terribly uninspired. Props to Radical for trying something different, but creativity is no substitute for an involving, fun, exciting game. Dark Summit is involving, sure, but the fun and exciting part, I’ll get back to you on. If you like snowboarding games, or just want to try something different, rent it. It’s possible you’ll like it more than I did.
The gameplay could be improved, too. Meaningless objectives scattered throughout the entire mountain make your ride down only more boring. Performing basic stunts, however, is a cinch. But the bizarre button combinations that are required to do outlandish aerial tricks can be troublesome due to slow button response. The only saving grace to this miserable experience is that there are far better snowboarding games to buy for the PS2, like SSX Tricky and Cool Boarders 2001.