SSX: New Demo Launched
Pouring Like an Avalanche Down SSX’s First Mountain has a demo out and it marks the return of EA Sports in the snowboarding genre. The demo heralds the release of the game this Tuesday. The release reboots EA’s well-respected and loved SSX snowboarding sports simulation series.
The last installment from this series was Blur. Released in 2007, Blur was, unfortunately, a Wii-only title. Prior to Blur, SSX on Tour was released in 2005. Depending on when you start counting, that’s easily seven to five years of hiatus time. Regardless of whether you are into hands-free controls or traditional controls, it’s been a few years since the last SSX dropped and many veterans of this game might feel like newbies when handling the demo. That’s part of the appeals of reacquainting yourself with a series. The game accommodates both old and new players depending on their controls preference. There is a setting for “classic” SSX controls for individuals who have played the series before. For complete newbies, you can use the current controls. According to early reviews, the current controls are quite logical and sensible. Performing grabs and “uber tricks” are fairly straightforward with the controls. Of course, the demo is limited and is aimed at giving you enough of a feel for the game to want to buy it. The SSX demo gives players two characters and two events. The first character is freely available. The second demo character is available once you get a friend to play the demo. The demo comes with two modes-trick race and traditional race.
One of the most exciting features of the latest SSX installment is the wing suit feature. According to a gameplay trailer, the wing suit truly takes the game, literally, to new heights. Using wing suits to glide through the air instead of boards-now that is truly extreme.