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Game Informer Magazine (Jan, 2001)
Snowboarder mode. Here you start as a lowly boarder and then earn money to get new equipment, lift passes, and sponsorships. To do this, you enter competitions, or work video shoots to get paid. This game is far less extreme than SSX, and a bit frustrating. However, it had me hooked.
Jeuxvideo.com (Feb 07, 2001)
ESPN Winter X-Games Snowboarding s'avère une simulation de snowboard innovante et travaillée. Les soins apportés à ce soft lui accordent un excellent niveau de réalisme qui le destinera toutefois à un public connaisseur.
Game Informer Magazine (Jan, 2001)
Not as flashy as SSX, this title almost succeeds due to its variety of events and courses, plus an oddly fascinating career mode. Unfortunately, the awkward trick scheme leaves me cold.
Game Over Online (Apr 06, 2002)
I liked ESPN Snowboarding but I don’t feel that it really reached its full potential. The simulation nature of the game takes away from the fun aspect, but some snowboarding fans will find it appealing for its realism. In the end, ESPN Winter X-Games Snowboarding 2002 winds up slowly moping down the slope rather than racing down like a bat out of hell.
GameZone (Jan 31, 2002)
ESPN Winter X-Games Snowboarding 2002 can be considered the most realistic snowboarding simulation game to date, but is this what the majority of the gaming crowd is looking for? I doubt it, especially since the high difficulty level of the game compromises the overall ability to enjoy it. On the other side of the coin is the fact that this game will offer more gameplay time than most others, since it's not at all easy to beat. Although hardcore snowboarders may enjoy this one more than the average Joe, they too will face a learning curve that's steeper than the mountains found within the game. My advice is to rent this one first to determine whether or not you'll actually enjoy playing it.
IGN (Feb 21, 2002)
SSX Tricky inevitably remains the choice for a mass audience, even if it's actually strayed into a more demanding realm as well in comparison to its predecessor (funny to see these two sequels actually move a little bit closer to each other). To each their own, though, and if never the twain shall meet, in this case that's a good thing for the game market as a whole.
4Players.de (May 07, 2002)
Lust und Frust liegen eng beieinander, wie auch ESPN Winter X Games Snowboarder 2 eindrucksvoll unter Beweis stellt. Der Karriere-Modus ist durchdacht und bietet für geduldige Spieler viel Tiefgang, krankt jedoch an der überrealistischen Steuerung und dem äußerst langsamen Anstieg der Charakterwerte. Auch die Grafik -allen voran die Snowboarder-Animationen- kann sich sehen lassen, muss aber mit üblen Slowdowns auskommen. So wurde aus einem Spiel, das vom Ansatz her alles mitbringt, um SSX Tricky in Gefahr zu bringen, nur ein Geheimtipp für Snowboard-Experten, die ein Amped-ähnliches Erlebnis auf der PS2 nachempfinden wollen. Hier wäre wesentlich mehr drin gewesen.
Computer and Video Games (CVG) (Mar 04, 2002)
And although the graphics and visual style are a bit soulless compared to EA's and Activision's extravagant extreme titles, the hardcore sim gameplay makes it a good alternative to the all-out arcade action of its rivals. Which comes as a relief after Konami's last ESPN boarding disaster on GBA.
GameSpot (Jan 16, 2002)
While Konami has toned down the simulation elements of Winter X-Games Snowboarding 2002 so that it will appeal to a broader audience, the challenging controls and plodding snowboarder mode will turn off all but the most ardent snowboarders. If you're looking for realism from your snowboarding games, ESPN Winter X-Games Snowboarding 2002 is worth a look. But where video games are concerned, Konami's latest snowboarding excursion proves that realism doesn't always translate into fun.
Operation Sports (Feb 09, 2002)
ESPN Winter X Games Snowboarding 2002 is a decent game that is suffering from an identity crisis in one key area: Gameplay. While it is incredibly deep and offers realism in a lot of areas, it misses the mark as being a must have title. It simply lacks the fun and addictive gameplay that competing products like SSX possess. Obviously this game is a sim first and quite a different product than EA BIG’S snowboarder. Konami has the simulation down pat, but somewhere lost the fun factor incorporating the arcade feel of things. Perhaps next year Konami can find the right balance between simulation and arcade.
GamePro (US) (Apr 17, 2002)
Konami is back to try its luck at the snowboarding slopes again in the latest ESPN-endorsed X Games title. Playing as one of 12 pros (including Barrett Christy and Travis Parker) or with a created rider, players tackle an impressive amount of gameplay modes?tons of trick competitions, two-player races against friends, and a character-building career mode.
Gaming Age (Mar 07, 2002)
Winter X Games Snowboarding 2002 could have been worse. The various holes in the Snowboarder Mode are the game?s primary weakness, while everything else is fairly average. The game is certainly after a smaller market than SSX Tricky, but there are sure to be gamers who prefer Konami?s style of snowboarding.