aka: SSX: Deadly Descents
Moby ID: 58594
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SSX is a game in the SSX series of snowboarding titles. A few of the characters from past titles as well as some new ones have teamed up to descend the 9 deadliest mountains. Unfortunately, one of the team members decides he wants all the glory for himself and breaks from the group to make a solo attempt.

Gameplay is similar to other games in the series. You play as a snowboarder navigating your way down a mountain as you strive for fast times and high trick scores. As you perform tricks you acquire points which build up your "Tricky" meter. You can use your Tricky points as boost to increase your speed or you let the meter fill up completely to enter Tricky mode. In Tricky mode, you score more points when performing tricks. In addition to extra points you also have unlimited boost as long as you remain in Tricky Mode.

In addition to the standard Race and Trick modes, a new challenge type introduced is Survival mode. In general, the objective of survival mode is to reach the bottom of the run without dying or in some tracks finish multiple runs of the track without dying. There are 9 types of survival modes including; trees, rocks, white out, avalanche, low oxygen, darkness, ice, cold and gravity. These 9 survival mode types are fairly similar and rely on either visibility or health to create a challenge.

The gear is similar to past titles in that more expensive gear offers greater bonuses to stats such as speed, boost or tricks. What makes the gear different from other titles is that some gear more or less necessary for completing Survival mode tracks. Headlamp for Darkness, Goggles for Whiteout, Thermal Pack for Cold, Armor for Avalanche/Trees/Rocks, Oxygen tank for Low Oxygen, Ice Axes for Ice and Wing suit for Gravity.

The three game modes are World Tour, Explore and Global Events. World Tour is a campaign mode that follows the story of team SSX tackling the 9 deadly descents. Explore is basically a "free roam" or "play now" mode where the player can go to any run and play provided they unlocked it world tour or spent in game credits to unlock it. Explore is also a place to compete against your friends scores or times. Global Events are live asynchronous online competitions where users post scores and are ranked against everyone else competing on the same track. Instead of directly competing with live players in a head to head race they instead compete against replays of other player runs. When a player completes a run their path and actions are recorded as "Ghosts". When a player starts a new run up to 3 Ghosts are loaded into the track with them. The player can then gauge their performance by how well they are doing against those Ghosts.

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Average score: 82% (based on 56 ratings)


Average score: 4.3 out of 5 (based on 6 ratings with 1 reviews)

Simply the best snowboarding game on today's market.

The Good

-Beautiful graphics

-Amazing physics engine

-Incredible recreations of famous mountains

-Somewhat decent soundtrack

-Custom soundtrack support

-Very engaging World Tour mode

The Bad

-Missing a few features from previous SSX games

-The physics engine can sometimes get wonky

-The loading screen has a small tendency to freeze up

-The pause menu can sometimes get glitchy

-Online play is not what I expected from an EA Sports game

The Bottom Line
While not quite perfect, this is still hands-down the best snowboarding videogame I've ever played, and this baby will most likely keep you fully entertained while EA hopefully develops a new SSX title for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. I don't see why they wouldn't want to do so.

So if you're a hardcore snowboarding fan and just don't have the dough to get a lift ticket at your local resort, just play Deadly Descents and you'll be one happy camper, probably to the point where you'll strap on your snowboard and try to perform a Super Uber Trick off your couch.

Xbox 360 · by Preston Plourd (3) · 2016



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    • 2012 – Best Sports Game of the Year
  • GameStar (Germany) / GamePro (Germany)
    • 2012 - #5 Best Sports Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)


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Game added by Ryan Ackert.

Xbox One added by Plok.

Additional contributors: Sciere, Patrick Bregger, Kennyannydenny.

Game added November 11, 2012. Last modified February 13, 2024.