Shaun White Snowboarding
GC 2008: Shaun White Snowboarding Preview
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Welcome to the “snowboard experience” which Shaun White’s Snowboarding’s animation director, Scott Mitchell likes to call it. It’s a title that not only has had tonnes of input from Shaun White himself but from his pro-snowboarding brother, Jessie White too. And the best thing is? We don’t have to waggle our ass round on some plastic phonebook in our living room to enjoy it either. We can pick up a controller and enjoy it like gaming should be done ...  on our asses, sat back in our comfy seats!

Shaun White’s Snowboarding takes advantage of the Assassin’s Creed engine in more than one respect and instead of walking around in the mist during loading screens, you are thrown in to a half pipe to keep you amused. The game is essentially a snowboarding sandbox title and from the beginning, all four available mountains are open to you (Alaska, Park City, Japan and Europe). Each of these mountains has three areas which differ in nature. If you’re boarding at the top, or the “peak” as they call it, be careful as there will be plenty of crevices, avalanches and steep runs. Moving down slightly, you’ll have the “back country” which will be less dangerous and you’ll find plenty of trees and powder snow. And down a hell of a lot more, you’ll have the “resort” and this is every snowboarding junkie’s heaven with jumps and parks galore.

Customisation seemed to be a big trend at this year’s Games Convention with Shaun White’s title being no different. The customisation system allowed you to pretty much change everything on your boarder, ranging from your face, hats, gloves and right the way down to your clothes, binding, boots and boards. Everything! And the game even features a load of genuine sponsored equipment too with Oakley, Burton and Spy all getting in on the act. Hell, you can even customise your music so you have the perfect soundtrack.

A great addition to the Shaun White title that is not present in most snowboarding titles to date is most definitely the ability to step out the board’s bindings and walk wherever they want. I can hear people questioning my judgement now, saying “why the hell do you want to walk in a boarding game!!??”... Seriously, have you ever tried to walk ten foot up a mountain on a board just to get to a marker or mission? It’s simply annoying, and so the age old problem of boarding slightly past your marker and having to go to the top to get back to it in snowboarding games has been eradicated.

The game offers several different viewpoints even offering the player the first person perspective in case they really want to step in to the action, something that Shaun was quite adamant on having in but this was a work in progress. Other views include one far back, a helicopter view and it must be mentioned that these are all dynamic and respond to how you board rather than keep it statically behind you.
When it comes to moving about the mountain, players can choose 1 of 2 main methods; the helicopter drop or my personal favourite, the ski lift which allows you to jump off wherever on the run they wish. Any actual snowboarders out there will realise that this isn’t allowed on genuine ski lifts usually so I’m really keen to do that in-game.

The multiplayer though looks like its shining light and at the moment they have it working on 16 players but are hoping on 32. If you want, you can grab a pack of friends and just board down from the top of the mountain whichever way you want. Want to throw a couple of cheeky snowballs? Fine, do it, but you’ll get a few back. Of course, for the competitive player in all of us, there are plenty of game modes from death races where combat is encouraged, genuine races (snowballs not allowed!) as well as, my personal favourite, the avalanche races where you simply must ride the waves and stop yourself from becoming a victim.

All in all, Shaun White’s Snowboarding does truly look like the “snowboarding experience” and while it may not appeal to most fans of all genres, it most certainly will appeal to snowboarding junkies worldwide and will give you a good fix till you actually go out and get your board wedged in the snow... Or in a big ass fir tree like me.

Shaun White’s Snowboarding will be available towards the end of the year on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.


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Comment #1 by rapid riot boy
Sunday, September 21, 2008 @ 06:38:10 PM
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kool cover art! First

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Comment #2 by leemorgan978
Sunday, September 21, 2008 @ 06:46:18 PM
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Cant wait for this. Looks cool

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Comment #3 by Bondfan626
Sunday, September 21, 2008 @ 06:47:21 PM
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I'll be getting this with holiday money.

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Comment #4 by Chaosflare
Sunday, September 21, 2008 @ 07:01:10 PM
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Detail looks interesting, but overall it just reminds me of skate. with snow. xD

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Comment #5 by Hexrapper
Sunday, September 21, 2008 @ 07:50:40 PM
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This game has lots of potential, I agree with the guy above me that this sounds like skate. on snowboards. However, what it'll really come down to is the trick system. Will it adopt a Tony Hawk, skate, or SSX trick style? Or perhaps even carve one of its own, though that's very unlikely given how limited the options available are.

Either way I'm looking forward to it, we need more extreme sports games on the 360.

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Comment #6 by Rocket Mo0se
Sunday, September 21, 2008 @ 07:52:34 PM
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I used to be huge into snowboarding games. I may give this one a shot looks good.

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Comment #7 by Hammer 5O2
Sunday, September 21, 2008 @ 08:01:59 PM
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looks like it will be a great snowboarding game. its been a while since amped 3...

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Comment #8 by Screwface89
Sunday, September 21, 2008 @ 08:20:44 PM
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personally this is a welcome title to my collection as i never really enjoyed amped3 that much i hope this is better in all the places amped lacked... hopefully not so much of a story mode like amped either i really didnt enjoy that.

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Comment #9 by Otisbum
Sunday, September 21, 2008 @ 08:29:21 PM
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Potential "Sports Game of the Year" material.

This is on my short list of games I'm 100% getting this year. Looks amazing.

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Comment #10 by recoverytwo
Sunday, September 21, 2008 @ 08:44:43 PM
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this is SSX REBORN

i need this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Comment #11 by GrimReaper21093
Sunday, September 21, 2008 @ 10:34:50 PM
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Comment #12 by YanksForTheWin
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 12:57:04 AM
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Sounds fun and refreshing. I'm tired of skating games and the like. I might consider renting.

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Comment #13 by bbutts81
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 12:57:33 AM
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wow this is probably the best boarding game ever made

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Comment #14 by NoVa x
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 01:48:34 AM
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INFRACTION? number 1

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Comment #15 by XxM4RKSM4NxX
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 02:12:09 AM
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This game looks great!

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Comment #16 by DCS 23
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 10:00:32 AM
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great all we need now is a great bmx game on the 360..

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Comment #17 by Joris93
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 11:19:48 AM
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I'm so looking forward to this game, it's been a long while since a real good snowboarding game hit the Xbox 360.

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Ubisoft Montreal


US November 16, 2008

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