Sled Storm 2 Preview
The ‘BIG' boys are at it again. First it was snowboarding with two SSX games; then they took it to the courts with NBA Street. Now EA BIG will take on a new task, Sled Storm 2. Sled Storm 2 is based on the very popular sled racer, Sled Storm, for the Playstation. Just like BIG's previous games you can expect an over-the-top, insane tricks, no rules, no boundaries, no limits type game. Sled Storm 2 is their first title which allows up to 4 players alternately and also features 2 player split screen.
Anyone familiar with SSX: Tricky knows about hitting trick after trick to try to spell out T-R-I-C-K-Y. Storm takes a very similar approach. Only this time, you have to build up a S.T.O.R.M. meter. Creating mayhem and destroying objects throughout the courses will build your storm boost meter. Once it's full, you will go faster, have more power, and be able to unleash some death-defying tricks on the competition. The tricks you will be able to pull off during the meter boost are insane--defying gravity in every which way (like uber tricks in SSX: Tricky). Pulling off all these tricks and destroying things will give you a huge amount of points which leads to money at the end of the race. This money is used towards tons of new parts to supe up your sled.
Twelve lush tracks are included with amazing scenery and detailed backgrounds. The levels are located in mountainous locations such as Colorado and Australia. In addition, they're filled with huge jumps to reach an insane amount of air. Reminiscent to the SSX series are the number of shortcuts found throughout the massive levels. Finding these shortcuts will sometimes be crucial to pull out the win.
The 6 selectable characters are all filled with their own unique style and look. One of the racers, Tracie, is a futuristic-techno type girl while T.J. brings that rebel, outlaw feel to the game. Each character also has his/her own unique sled.
Adding to the excitement is the option of Dolby 5.1 surround sound that makes the grinding of the sleds against the snow even more crisp. Sled Storm 2 is due out in March 26th and it's looking to make an impact.
12/22/2001 Joseph Comunale