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Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding (Xbox)

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Description

Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding is a snowboarding game with a large variety of gear, from shirts and pants to jackets and goggles. Players can choose between many snowboards, each licensed from a different sponsor of the game. The goal of the career mode is two rack up as many points as possible and rise in the ranking. This also rewards skill points which can be used to improve the player character's abilities.

The basic idea is that players find themselves on descending (and branching) courses, overall 120 in three areas, with many possibilities to perform stunts. Of course those are needed to progress in the ranking, but the game takes track of two different scores: the overall course record and media stunts in front of the press. Special events are sponsor races, in which the sponsors have to impressed during the whole race, and duels, in which the course progression of another snowboarder has to emulated and the point result surpassed. The game features a soundtrack of 150 songs along with the possibility to incorporate own music tracks.

Screenshots

Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding Xbox Doing trick in front of the red Media icons will get you points with the sponsors.
Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding Xbox From cinematic
Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding Xbox Here is the first clip you unlock.  Dear old dad, reading about you in the family newsletter.
Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding Xbox Another Portfolio clip of your friend posting a shot of you on the internet.

Alternate Titles

  • "Tenku: Freestyle Snowboarding" -- Japanese title
  • "Amped" -- Common name

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User Reviews

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

The Press Says

Gaming Target Dec 12, 2001 9.3 out of 10 93
4Players.de Mar 11, 2002 87 out of 100 87
MS Xbox World Oct 20, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85
Looki Jun 01, 2002 84 out of 100 84
Pelit Apr, 2002 84 out of 100 84
Xbox Gazette Oct 09, 2002 83 out of 100 83
TeamXbox Nov 19, 2001 8.2 out of 10 82
Jeuxvideo.com Mar 14, 2002 16 out of 20 80
Club Skill Feb 27, 2005 8 out of 10 80
MS Xbox World Jan 31, 2002 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

Pre-release screenshots

Before the launch of the Xbox, screenshots of Amped were released that were obviously photoshopped. After being called out on the false images, Microsoft released true screenshots that obviously didn't look as good as the doctored images. The irony to the story is that when the game was released, the end product released looked much better than the photoshopped images.

Awards

  • Gamers Pulse
    • December 2001 - Golden Heart Award
  • IGN
    • 2002 - Best Xbox Extreme Sports Game of 2001 (Readers' Choice)
    • 2002 - Runner-up for Best Xbox Extreme Sports Game of 2001 (Editors' Choice)
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JPaterson (9147) added Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding (Xbox) on Nov 26, 2001