SSX 3 Reviews (PlayStation 2)

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UOL Jogos (Nov 20, 2003)
"SSX 3" melhora todos os aspectos da série, e junta tudo em uma das mais intuitivas interfaces em um game quase totalmente aberto. Se você não sabia qual era a graça de andar de prancha sobre a neve, o mais novo game da EA Big promete esclarecer muita coisa.
AceGamez (Nov 09, 2003)
A true sequel to SSX, SSX 3 delivers everywhere we expected it to and more; a huge mountain, good characters, over 1000 unlockables including posters, art gallery, cards, and even toys, online play, fun multiplayer and a long lasting, replayable game. SSX 3 is an outstanding title, the best SSX yet... and, dare I say, the best snowboarding game yet.
1UP (2003)
Like a colder, moister version of Tony Hawk, the SSX series has owned the snowboarding slopes since its inception. Aside from the new, open structure Paul already talked about, the main gameplay tweak for SSX 3 is the addition of the board flex move—tipping the board forward or backward, like a conventional skateboarding manual—which lets players link tricks together into huge combo strings. The flex (activated by moving the right analog stick) might even be a bit too easy to use; if you just rotate the right stick continuously, there's no way you'll fall. Landing from big jumps also seems much more forgiving now, but if you do bail, you can tap the Tweak button frantically to recover and not lose your boost. Yep, still king of the mountain, although 1080º (GC) has a title shot later this year.
Gaming Age (Feb 26, 2004)
All the components of EA Canada's latest offering come together perfectly to create a wonderful sense of atmosphere. From the huge open mountain to the convincing radio station to the numerous events, this is one cool experience. A lot of games have been borrowing GTA's concepts lately (i.e. large, free-roaming environments), but this is probably the best attempt. With the only slightly bitter point being a ho-hum online mode, you have to check this game out now!
Thunderbolt Games (Mar 31, 2008)
SSX 3 offers an experience like no other, a rush that just can't be matched. It had a lot to live up to, but EA Big have delivered a game that lives up to the standards Tricky set, and then some. SSX 3 is visually stunning, expertly designed, and the ultimate example of fun. Now that, is synergy.
GamerDad (Dec 02, 2003)
Our favorite hardcore snowboarding game is back in a big way. It pushes the edge of just about every dimension on the previous two installments. It's bigger to look at, with bigger and more intricate tricking and a whole new world to romp through.
GamePro (US) (Oct 20, 2003)
After a two-year hiatus, the SSX team has returned to bring one of the most authentic, albeit ridiculously defiant of physics, snowboardercross games the world has ever known back to its fans with a completely new philosophy. After the somewhat minor improvements made in SSX Tricky, the developers decided to take some time to design a totally different approach to competition with a familiar control scheme and add tons of goodies like new tricks, courses, and riders.
GameSpy (Oct 21, 2003)
The overall theory behind SSX 3 is one of freedom. The game is designed to allow you -- the player -- to tackle any and all of the challenges in whatever order you want. Taking all the components from the first two games, and adding in more new features, SSX 3 is more complete than most anything else out there. It's up there with the Tony Hawk series in terms of depth and replayability, but at the same time, you're not forced to follow any linear path in order to progress.
Next Level Gaming (Nov 20, 2003)
If you are still sitting there reading these review and don’t have the game already, run out and get it now. SSX 3 is by far the best snowboarding experience on any console. Often you get a game that looks great but doesn’t play so well or vice versa. It combines superb graphics with deep gameplay to bring gamers a great gaming experience. It’s not often that a game gets every aspect of the game right. SSX 3 is definitely a game that you don’t want to miss.
96 (Nov 24, 2003)
EA Sports BIG have outdone themselves with SSX3. One of the best games on the Playstation 2 in SSX Tricky has been revamped and improved so much that this game is a certain purchase, even if you own both prequels. The levels of detail, the course layouts, amount of extras to unlock and most importantly the gameplay, makes this a certain puchase. It's hard to imagaine a better game.
Deeko (Oct 25, 2003)
You'll probably instantly enjoy SSX 3, but, at first it may not seem that wowing... but trust me, once you hit the second and third slopes you'll realize this is one intensely wild animal — and one that will take months and months to tame. And the best part of that is that you'll have fun doing it all. If you were wondering whether to buy it, you've got my recommendation — but even those just a little curious owe it to themselves to rent this game. No doubt, the SSX bug'll bite you and you'll be racing down to the mall at ten minutes until close just so that you can buy your own copy.
From its mile-high drops to its outlandish tricks, the SSX series is renowned for its larger-than-life experience. With the release of the third installment, that’s all about to change. Rather than being remembered as a title that has a lot of character and visual flair, SSX 3 will instead be remembered for its gameplay. It’s still laden with over-the-top escapades, but it now has depth within its play.
IGN (Oct 17, 2003)
There should be no confusion this year. EA's "Let's wipe the slate clean" perspective is apparent in every powdery hill, in each of the mountain's three enormous peaks, in the characters' silky smooth animations, and in the gargantuan level of new tricks. Eveything is carefully crafted to ensure that in 2003, the self-effacing titled SSX 3 would speak volumes. And boy does it. The newly formed blister on my right thumb, that lovely sense of bewilderment at having spent too many nights awake late playing it, and my oh-so-patient wife are witnesses to them all.
GamingTrend (Oct 29, 2005)
If you're like me, and you just skimmed up to this section, then all you need to know is buy this game. Now. After the overwhelming success of SSX Tricky, SSX 3 had monstrous expectations to meet, not only does it meet them, it slams them head on like a Mack truck into a flea. Aside from the one problem I had with the characters each having the same skill levels and skill potential, SSX 3 is an instant classic and should be owned by anyone that likes video games.
Netjak (Jan 19, 2004)
Overall, SSX 3 is a class act from top to bottom. There is plenty to keep a player busy from beginning to end, and is easy to recommend as a purchase to any extreme sports game fan. There are very few gaming moments that I can remember that were more exhilarating than crossing the finish line of a peak race challenge with only seconds to spare. SSX 3 truly accomplishes what Tony Hawk’s Underground could not: It manages to simultaneously change and retain the series’ formula, resulting in a completely new game that blows away its predecessors. If you’ve ever enjoyed an SSX game, or any extreme sports game for that matter, you owe it to yourself to pick up SSX 3. If you haven’t, give this game a try; it may just convert you… To the max!
PSX Extreme (Nov 10, 2003)
SSX3 might not be the best choice for people craving extremely realistic sports simulators, but for the rest of us, this is the best snowboarding game ever. With the huge variety of game modes, this game will last a long, long time. And when you're done with humiliating the computer A.I., you can go online with the PS2 version and race against human opponents. Only for a head-to-head match, sure, but it's a great alternative to headache-inducing splitscreen action. EA might not have reinvented the wheel with this one, but the huge amount of fun you'll get out of it kind of makes up for that. Uber satisfying.
GameZone (Nov 06, 2003)
Flying down the peak, the snowboarder jumps into the air and spins around three times. He grabs the board from several locations, switching seamlessly between each move like it was a natural reflex. Crossing the finish line in record time creates an overabundance of excitement from the audience. Everyone is amazed by what this guy has done. But all you can say is, "His form was a little off."
In the early days of the PS2, one of the first true hits that really showed off the power of the new platform was a snowboarding title by EA’s newest studio, EA Sports BIG, SSX. Although EA Sports had made its living off making most of its sports titles deliver a true simulation of the sport it was depicting, EA Sports BIG decided to go a different direction.
This game will make all you parents tired, as you watch your children bounce up and down while they control the physical safety of their favorite character. The tunes in this game are clean, addictive, and fun. You will even enjoy watching the loading screens. The entertainment of pulling off the 'Worm' on a snowboard 70 feet above the air is like no other. Turning off your system will be almost as hard as separating with your teen age love...and could in fact lead to just that if you don't keep a clock in the same room. This game is a blast, and a must have for everyone. I hope you have found this information helpful in the likes of where your next 50 bucks will be going.
91 (Nov 01, 2003)
Sicher: Obwohl alle drei Fassungen durch die Bank klasse aussehen, haben die Xbox- und GameCube-Fassungen in punkto Optik leicht die Nase vorn, wobei die GameCube-Version allerdings mit PAL-Balken zu kämpfen hat. Dafür jedoch kann die PS2-Version mit den ausgefeiltesten Kontrollmöglichkeiten und dem Online-Modus punkten und liegt dementsprechend in der Gesamtwertung vor den anderen Systemen. Doch ganz gleich auf welchem System: Der Spielspaß stellt sich umgehend ein und spätestens ab der ersten Gipfelabfahrt, für die Ihr gut 15 Minuten in Kauf nehmen müsst, wird einem der gigantische Umfang und die immense Bewegungsfreiheit klar, die Euch SSX 3 bietet. Und bis Ihr alle Missionen geschafft, alle Boni und Geheimnisse eingesammelt und den Berg vollends bezwungen habt, dürften einige Wochenenden voller Schneespaß ins Land ziehen. EA stellt mit SSX 3 wieder einmal eindrucksvoll unter Beweis, dass das Big-Label immer ein Garant für hochklassige Unterhaltung ist.
Game Revolution (Nov 13, 2003)
It also sounds terrific, thanks to a good, varied soundtrack and great effects. Tying it together is the EA Big Radio station, which advances the thin story of you becoming a hotshot and gives witty, fun updates on the track conditions and how things are going on the circuit. And if you ask me, things are going just peachy for EA Big’s star pupil. SSX 3 is the best in the series so far and is an easy recommendation for vets and newbies alike. Though the gameplay is still mostly the same as it ever was, the awesome new mode and fantastic delivery crown a new king of the mountain.
Daily Game (Nov 23, 2003)
This game will please everyone accustomed to the SSX arcade-style snowboarding. It’s easy to learn and fun to play, and you don’t have to be a pro to pull off some insane moves. To be perfectly honest, though, I’d recommend SSX3 to everyone, snowboarding fan or not. The crazy air and outstanding tricks you can pull off are great stress releases whether playing solo or with a few friends. As a result, it’s a good addition to any holiday list, and it doubles as a great way to unwind after a few hours of stressful holiday shopping.
Despite losing a lot of what made previous SSX games so appealing, this is still the best snowboarding game on the market.
Boomtown (Nov 28, 2003)
If you are a snowboard fan, you probably already have this game. If you don’t have this gem yet, maybe now it’s time to kill the piggybank and pay a visit to your local game store. You really don’t want to miss out on this game.
90 (GAF) (Nov 05, 2003)
Finally, to all those that want to wait until the game drops to 20 bucks, you don't know what you're missing. This game is a lot more than just a minor revamp of Tricky. And for those that don't want to try it because it's a "sports" game, you're nuts. I rarely play sports games outside of a few soccer titles and I love this game. You don't have to be a snowboarding fan, or even a sports fan, to enjoy this game. It's great single or multiplayer fun.
90 (UK) (Nov 06, 2003)
In my view, then, the Xbox version narrowly edges it, because I'll take smoothness of gameplay over a gimmick any day. Your mileage may vary, but if you have the choice, I would recommend the Xbox title. Otherwise, just buy the sodding game - it's one of the best of the year.
GameSpot (Oct 21, 2003)
The thrill of purposely flinging oneself down a mountainside is captured like never before in SSX 3, the third entry in the popular snowboarding series that originally debuted on the PlayStation 2 in 2000. While SSX 3 doesn't fundamentally change the series' signature gameplay, which combines near-vertical downhill racing with a completely over-the-top trick system, it does change the structure of the game by offering a freeform, open-ended environment to experience, compete in, and explore. This huge, fully realized snow-covered mountain provides some incredible scenery and no shortage of high-speed entertainment. Fans of SSX should have expected as much, though this is a game that is highly recommended not only for veterans but for novices.
88 (Nov 11, 2003)
SSX3 macht einfach nur Spaß. Die fantastische Präsentation durch Bombastgrafik und den tollen Soundtrack laden förmlich dazu ein, sich auf dem Snowboard für immer festzuschnallen. Dazu kommen das abwechslungs- und ideenreiche Streckendesign und die offene Spielstruktur mit ihren vielen Wettbewerben, wodurch auch die Langzeitmotivation stimmt. SSX3 ist in diesem Winter ein absoluter Pflichtkauf, wir sprechen allerdings lediglich eine klare Empfehlung für die Playstation2-Version aus, da sich diese dank der vier Schultertasten am PS2-Pad einfach am Besten bedienen lässt, online spielbar ist und grafisch nur minimal schlechter aussieht als die Fassungen für Xbox und Gamecube.
Gamer Within (Jul 30, 2005)
Overall, I recommend this game not only to snowboarding enthusiasts, but to anyone who wants a game with the sense of speed, the ability to pull insane, uber tricks or the feel and ability to speed down a mountain with various ways to choose from. EA Sports Big has done an excellent job on this game. Highly recommended.
Lawrence (Oct 29, 2003)
When all is said and done, SSX 3 is a worthy successor to its brothers, taking a step forward in scope but holding the player's hand too much when landing 2160s.
85 (Nov 01, 2003)
C’est sûr, votre palpitant va avoir beaucoup de mal à se remettre si vous vous essayez à SSX 3. Le jeu de EA BIG va à mille à l’heure, dispose de graphismes somptueux, d’un gameplay élaboré et simplifié (pour atteindre le grand public) et d’une durée de vie astronomique via un modo solo de folie et surtout le Online.
IC-Games (Oct 30, 2003)
It is fortunate that the SSX line of video games is still doing very well. The have that special “It” factor that is required to make a quality, fun video game. Even though it is not quite as much a so-called “party” game, there is still plenty to do for just one person. I would say that this game ranks up somewhere between a borrow (for an extended period of time) and a buy, however, if you are a fan of the SSX line of games, it is easily a must-have.
The Video Game Critic (Mar 27, 2004)
One consequence of having so many options is a very confusing navigational system. You can access certain areas through menus, but others you are required to "ski to", which is a real hassle. Saving your game is needlessly confusing, and is NOT the same as saving your "records". I have one last criticism that applies to all the SSX games in general - the turbo is pretty weak. It's really not worth it to perform risky tricks during races to earn turbo. I found that avoiding tricks altogether is probably more effective when it comes to winning races. But other than that, SSX3 is still by far the best snowboarding game available.
Game Shark (Nov 27, 2003)
This isn't really my kind of thing at all but I loved it to bits. The graphics are funky and chunky and the sound is very good indeed. Okay, it's not the most realistic of sports games but that's missing the point. This is about leaping around on a plank while falling down a mountain and it's ace at capturing the feeling of big jumps and vast scenery. It'd definitely a winner.
Factornews (Jan 06, 2004)
SSX3 est donc bien la nouvelle référence des jeux de snow. Bien plus riche en nouveautés que ne l’avait été SSX Tricky, ce dernier épisode reprend toutes les bonnes idées de ses prédécesseurs pour en tirer la quintessence, et se permet même d’ajouter le concept de cette immense étendue skiable à volonté. De plus, vous en aurez vraiment pour votre argent, puisque le jeu s’avère très long si vous avez l’intention de tout débloquer. Enfin, cerise sur le gâteau, cette version PS2 est compatible avec le mode online de la console.
Gameplanet (Nov 11, 2003)
The promise of the EA Big label has been fulfilled in the SSX series, and SSX 3's calmer nature has paid off. With the extensive range of characters and events, and to a lesser extent the extras available for purchase from the lodges, owners of the previous versions will find plenty of new things in SSX 3 to justify its purchase. This is the best of the series, and outstanding value at only $79.95 (NZD).
SSX 3 is everything an extreme sports game should be - accessible, great fun, and with enough attitude to make you feel like a total badass every time you play it. Just make sure you run a warm bath - it's so cool you'll need to fend off severe hypothermia.
Bordersdown (Nov 12, 2003)
Undeniably though, is the fact that SSX 3 is really great fun, and another step up from the series’ previous instalments. Though little has changed in terms of the game’s goal, the scope and variety of things to do on the mountains is a welcome change. New additions like the ‘big challenges’ - short, sharp bursts of intense gameplay - work well in the game’s favour. Despite the barrage of events and opportunities thrown in the player’s face from almost the word go, the fact that you can ignore them all and simply spend half an hour cruising down the mountainside is something admirable and almost elegant. SSX3 is a great game, and while a few things let it down, the overall polish, shine and atmosphere are evidence that EA’s reputation for mediocrity is changing for the better. With a slew of titles all suddenly competing for supremacy, one thing is for certain, SSX 3 will impress.
Game Critics (Dec 17, 2003)
SSX 3 is fantastic, despite a few small issues. It can be oddly frustrating at times, yet it has enough merit to make it one of my favorite games this year. It doesn't necessarily refresh the nostalgia I had when it was SSX two releases ago, but it definitely re-introduces the fun lacking in the gaming slump I've experienced lately. With a solid array of courses and the addition of online rivalry, SSX 3 is very rewarding and, more importantly, ultimately fun.