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Don't Miss The Return Of An Iconic Franchise In February

Yeah, I know what you're thinking. Twisted Metal, right? Nah, we all know about that one; it's getting plenty of coverage everywhere.

But there's something else, and I don't think the veteran PlayStation fans are giving it anywhere near enough attention. I say that knowing I'm not even a big racing or sports fan, by the way.

SSX should make its triumphant return on February 28. Now, I remember the early days of the PS2; I remember thinking, "I really don't care about snowboarding at all; I just want Summoner." I was huge into RPGs in those days, after all. But then the funniest thing started to happen: SSX started to pull down perfect scores from multiple sources and every other customer (I was working in EB at the time) seemed to be raving about its greatness. "Even if you don't like snowboarding" they would say, a wild, satisfied gleam in their eye.

It was arguably the most important title for the PS2 when it launched, because it was really the only game that separated it from the competition, which, at the time, was the Dreamcast. It gave us a hint, a little preview, of what the machine was capable of; in truth, we wouldn't know the full capacity of that system until many years later when God of War and Final Fantasy XII made us go, "...woah. Compare these to the PS2 launch titles." SSX looked amazing and was endless fun, and future iterations were also extremely well received.

I know we've sort of moved beyond the eras were sports games could dominate, but PlayStation fans should definitely recall the good ol' days of SSX. And as a direct result, one would assume they're champing at the bit for the very promising reboot. Sure, it's changed a bit but these days, what hasn't? I have complete faith in the developers; they know how to approach this, I'm sure. And when February 28 rolls around, you gotta give it a try.

Related Game(s): SSX

Tags: ssx, ssx games, ssx reboot, ssx sequel

1/26/2012 9:07:49 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (26 posts)

Excelsior1
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 9:30:14 PM
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I knew the full potential of the PS2 when GT3 A spec was released about 8 months after the PS2's launch. Great looking game that was MASSIVE upgrade from the PS1 GT games in terms of visuals. We had FFX pretty soon as well. I kind of thought FFX had better graphics than XII for some reason.

I did like SSX as a launch game but I admit my gaming tastes have changed a lot since then.


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hadouken
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 9:31:29 PM
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I agree with you it was the first game to show what the ps2 could do. I remember buying it and Madden on ps2 release day.

I wished they would have left it arcadey like the others.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 9:34:53 PM
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What is this snowboarding?

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La_Bete12
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 9:45:19 PM

In Wisconsin, we just call it "boarding".

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 10:40:53 PM

Hello neighbor, it's still snowboarding here in Minnesota.

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 11:52:29 PM

The real question is what is this snow of which you speak?

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Temjin001
Friday, January 27, 2012 @ 1:12:08 AM

Snow is in FFXIII. He's the one who looks like a SSX character ^_______^

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, January 27, 2012 @ 3:08:59 AM

I never imagined Snow's hair was so weird under that hat until the XIII-2 screens.

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La_Bete12
Friday, January 27, 2012 @ 6:04:26 PM

Vikings suck. Sorry, I had to say it :P

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Excelsior1
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 9:53:12 PM
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Does anybody remember Smuggler's Run? That was a PS2 game I thought that game looked great. The draw distance was very impressive plus it had huge maps.

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Temjin001
Friday, January 27, 2012 @ 1:16:34 AM

No one remembers Rockstar anything pre-GTA3 =p

Nah, yeah, I remember it. I tried a demo. I remember occasionally in a store holding it a few times from a bargain bin, thinking, should i? It's $5.......... Nah.
End of story :)

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Geobaldi
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 10:00:08 PM
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SSX Tricky was definitely one of the best games of last gen.

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Twistedfloyd
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 10:20:38 PM
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I'm always thinking about Twisted Metal.

SSX was very cool. I didn't play too much but what I played I dug, but I'm glad franchises such as this and Twisted, that are all about the gameplay are making returns in a story driven industry.

I love story driven and cinematic games, but it's always good to balance it out with some super replayable and deep gameplay.

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Temjin001
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 10:21:10 PM
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I was really fond of this series back in the day. I wish EA didn't leave it dormant for so many years. Anyway, I'll be sure to check this one out.

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Twistedfloyd
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 10:43:36 PM
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Now they need to remake NBA Street, the original EA Sports Big classic!

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main_event05
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 10:58:35 PM
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I miss the gold old games like this. SSX and Tony Hawk used to be so much fun.

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Dancemachine55
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 11:14:16 PM

Good news!!! Tony Hawk Skateboarding HD is in the works, with levels and tricks from the first 2 PS1 games all remade in shiny PS3 graphics!!!

Finally, a return to old-school Tony Hawk greatness!! Let's just hope the soundtrack is as cool as the old games.

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main_event05
Friday, January 27, 2012 @ 1:14:08 AM

^^^^^^ Made my year

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Dancemachine55
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 11:12:17 PM
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Pre-ordered Twisted Metal Special Edition yesterday. Can't wait!!!! 4 player split-screen and online?!?!? Jaffe truly knows what gamers want.

As for SSX, sadly it will have to wait until I've finished Mass Effect 3, MGS HD Collection (releasing in Feb here in Australia) and Twisted Metal. But I will make sure it gets a good place among my video game collection.

SSX Tricky was my favourite game from the PS2 era next to MGS3 and God of War 2. Pure shiny fun on a disc!!! I just hope SSX on PS3 can capture that same level of addictive fun!!

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Sogi_Otsa
Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 11:54:37 PM
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:[] SSX was iconic?
Twisted metal definitely wins over it.
I'm more excited over the next month, TOG-F.
SSX should get the fans it needs however, snowboarding games are kind of dead, and SSX is much more interesting and crazy then shuan white, and has a fairly large fanbase from ps2, I'm looking forward to discussions and reviews on it.

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___________
Friday, January 27, 2012 @ 1:56:37 AM
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was really looking forward to this why oh why did they have to delay it?
from a deserted month where 0 games were releasing, to a month where a million and one games are releasing!
not to mention the vita and all its games.......

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Kall555
Friday, January 27, 2012 @ 5:38:47 AM
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On SSX, they really should HD release SSX Tricky for added hype. I bloody loved that game & the breakdancing uber moves.

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FullmetalX10
Friday, January 27, 2012 @ 5:58:40 AM
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I'm definitely looking forward to this one, I played SSX Tricky a lot on the PS2 with my younger brother, good times, good times.
The game looks fun as well. I hope they will include some crazy indoor stuff like in Tricky, that shiz be mad fun :P

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Beamboom
Friday, January 27, 2012 @ 8:48:18 AM
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If this is anything like the Skate games or the Tony Hawks on the PSP just on snowboard then I'm in! Hopefully there is a coop mode, the coop play in Skate were excellent, and these kind of sports, where you basically can just ride around doing tricks, challenges and show off, are perfect coop games.


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Arvis
Friday, January 27, 2012 @ 10:25:30 AM
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I already have this preordered, Ben. :)

-Arvis

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Norrin Radd
Friday, January 27, 2012 @ 1:59:15 PM
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Just like hadouken, I bought SSX and Madden on release day. SSX was awesome! We had parties at my house just for playing that game - it was a total blast handing that controller around and everyone taking turns - loved it! Super stoked about the new one for sure.

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