SSX Tricky (2001 Video Game)
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SSX Tricky is the sequel to SSX, the wildly successful boardercross game that was part of the PlayStation 2 launch. EA Big out of Vancouver, B.C. has come up with a great sequel that I'll be buying soon after a free one-week rental ate up a significant chunk of my free time.
The object of the game is to snowboard down a number of gorgeous mountains and terrain from all over the world. You can either race 5 other computer-controlled racers or play "showoff" which allows you to do inhuman tricks to gain medals. Getting bronze and silver medals will unlock courses while golds will unlock extra characters and more attributes.
The game offers outstanding control and easiness in having a great time in playing SSX Tricky. The graphics are great, but I don't play video games to look at them. The music is filled with a variety of licensed tunes. Some well-known actors (Lucy Liu, David Arquette, Oliver Platt, Billy Zane)and recording artists (Macy Gray, Bif Naked) supply the voices of the characters. Liu is especially good, voicing Canadian Elise Riggs. It's fun to listen to hundred or so phrases she recorded for her character, especially when she misses a move or takes a spill. David Arquette's Eddie is also well-done.
PS2 and XBox owners will also get DVD features such as movies about the making of the game, the music, the actors talking about the experience of doing voice-acting in a videogame, a jukebox, and previews. The final verdict: a must buy (or at least a must-try to get you converted), if fun is the only way you judge games, this one has it spades. ***** out of *****.
I enjoyed the game when I played it, but couldn't help but grow tired of it after a while. The soundtrack is really grating and the large voice cast - Macy Gray, David Arquette, Billy Zane - purposely stand out, which becomes kind of irritating also.
You can perform many advanced (and ridiculous) snowboarding tricks (in fact, that's the basic goal of the game), build stats, etc. There are also many shortcuts on the courses so when you are playing with two people, being a veteran of the game certainly helps.
Overall, a good game - but not one I'd want to buy.
The Making of SSX Tricky comes along with the game though it can only be played on the PS2. It shows the behind the scenes look in producing the game and utilizing voice talent. The only criticism is Lucy Liu's comments on the game where she only mentions a few minute's worth. However, looking at David Arquette, Macy Gray, Jim Rose et al provides a spin in making the game. The soundtrack and music, especially Run DMC's "It's Tricky", makes the tunes mesh along with the game well.
As for playing the game, the courses are challenging but the game can be easy or difficult to accomplish depending on the character and board selected. Gameplay is easy though executing the tricks can take time.
Also, don't forget to have a memory card in the system. It takes a good deal of time to finish on top in each category, be the race or showoff part of the game. If you only have heard about Tricky, you don't need to play the original game SSX to be a master, though fans of the original will get their money's worth playing Tricky.
In terms of a fictional game compared to those using real names it's easy to get caught into the "story" of Tricky.
The next SSX game when and if it gets released will have to exceed the gameplay of Tricky (and SSX the Original), and Jam Master Jay will be missed!