GBAtemp Exclusive GBAtemp Recommends #108: SSX 3

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    Welcome to the 108th issue of the GBAtemp Recommends Revival Project! This project is a revival of our once-weekly feature where we share our favorite games and applications with you. The titles we recommend may be "old school" games, a piece of Homebrew, a ROM hack, sleeper hits, an application, etc, but one thing's for certain, we think they are fantastic and deserve your attention!

    This entry, I’ll be discussing a sports title, but not just your average sports game. Let’s look to the snowy mountain peaks for some wild snowboarding action, because it’s time for: SSX 3.

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    Originally, the SSX (Snowboard Supercross) series debuted as a Playstation 2 exclusive in the year 2000. Riding on the hype wave of the recent Tony Hawk: Pro Skater franchise, EA’s fledgling snowboard game garnered critical acclaim. But it wasn’t until the 3rd entry, released on Nintendo Gamecube, Microsoft Xbox, and Playstation 2 in 2003, that the series really took the critics by (snow)storm.

    Somewhere, on a fictitious mountain, snowboarders are competing in order to win the SSX championship. There are 19 different characters that you can play as, ranging from new rookie boarders, to veterans from previous SSX games, and even wacky “cheat” characters where you can choose to play as a beaver, and even crazier, as a yeti.

    Your goal is to “conquer the mountain”, and you do so by taking on freestyle challenges and races in order to obtain medals. Winning will slowly advance you up the three peaks of the mountain, towards the top where your goal awaits. Each peak will get progressively more difficult, starting with clear blue skies and simple courses, and ending with many out-of-bounds chasms to fall into, tons of obstacles to avoid, and ridiculous slopes to traverse.

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    Gameplay is simple at first, and the game is quite lenient at the start, letting you get a feel for the smooth, responsive controls of your character. You can pull off a multitude of tricks which all have animations that are fun to watch. There’s a great sense of satisfaction from blasting down a course, racking up a huge combo, and doing “Super Uber” tricks all over the place. The camera in this game is fantastic, managing to pan and zoom at just the right angles in order to make everything, from your tricks, to the vertigo-inducing drops, intense. In events like Races and Superpipe, you’ll have to pay full attention to make sure that you get a gold medal. However, if you want to take it easy and just explore the mountain at your leisure, SSX 3 offers that option as well. There’s a lot of fun to be had from just slowly making your way down, collecting glowing Snowflakes for money and just getting used to the course.

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    Another great addition to this game is its soundtrack. There’s a lot of catchy early-00’s licensed punk and rap songs. These tracks are full of energy, and really get you in the mood to to play the game. It also helps that they’re able to be listened to a dozen times in a row, as you fight your way for a gold medal on the crushingly difficult Peak 3 courses.

    Despite being 13 years old, SSX 3’s graphics still hold up. Though it doesn’t compare to later HD entries, the visuals are nice here, and the game has good draw distance, letting you see everything in all the detail you need to, in order to avoid upcoming trees and cliffs.

    The thrill and rush from playing SSX 3 is awesome. This game just has so much charm, exploration to be had, and well-designed courses to play over and over again. Even if you don’t tend to like sports games, I more than recommend that you give this one a try.

    Genre: Sports/Racing
    Release Year: 2003
    Developer: EA Canada
    Published By: EA Sports BIG
    Released For: Playstation 2, Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo Gamecube, Nintendo Game Boy Advance

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    lol holy shit i remember playing this this game was amazing
     
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    For a second I read sex. That would have been hilarious.
     
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    :creep: And now I cannot unsee this. What a front page article that would be!
     
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    SSX 3 over SSX Tricky? Interesting.
     
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    I played the original, 3, and the 2012 reboot, but I've never played Tricky, which is kind of odd, I suppose, since I hear it's the best one.
     
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    i never had a change to play this game, when i was a kid this was one of thoose games that i really wanted to play but the only console i had was a ps2, which sadly died shortly...
    however thanks for remind me! i now can play this thing!

    i got a question, which is the best system to play this game?
    did a console get a better\upgraded version with more stuff?
    was it badly ported?
    which console does this game get the best graphics?
     
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    Original Xbox was the best way to play this, but if you don't have an OG console, you're best off playing the GameCube version.

    Specifically, going off google (I only played the Xbox version back in the day) Xbox ver had better textures and loading times, while PS2 had online but long load times and the worst performance of the 3. Gamecube was middle of the road.
     
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    I've played this on the old Xbox quite a lot.
    Pretty much the only sports game I like...
     
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    I absolutely loved the SSX series. Totally forgot all about? Gonna have to see if my local retro shop has any of them in stock now :)
     
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    had you played tony hawk underground 2? i also am not a fan of sport games.. but theese 2 are the only that appeal me...
     
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    Wasn't that one on PSP?
    If yes, then I borrowed the UMD from a mate of mine n played it for a while
     
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    I did play that one.
    Never really gotten into it but I spend a good 30 hours in it.
     
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    So you don't like nba jam/hangtime/street/ballers or nfl blitz/street or any other arcade like sports games? Simulation sports games i can see why they can be seen as boring but the arcade style ones seem fun.
     
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    nba jam/hangtime, nfl blitz/street, ready 2 rumble boxing/round 2, wwf wrestlemania the arcade game, wwf/e smackdown games before 2006, fifa street,

    virtua tennis, super dodgeball, mlb slugfest, i could go on. A lot of them are made by midway and ea sports BIG.
     
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    If there is any snowboard game i would go to, it would be this two. :)
    So hope this will get some spotlight sometime. Too bad sega never made a game based off the sonic adventure snowboarding mini games or i'll add those.

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    I forgot
    SSX 3 is like the one game in the series I never got around to playing. I did like Tricky more than all of them, but I found the reboot to be pretty good, too. I'll have to give SSX 3 a try one of these days.
     
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