Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding (Microsoft Xbox, 2001)
|Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding is a snowboarding game with a large variety of gear, from shirts and pants to jackets and goggles. Players can choose between many snowboards, each licensed from a different sponsor of the game. The goal of the career mode is two rack up as many points as possible and rise in the ranking. This also rewards skill points which can be used to improve the player character's abilities.
The basic idea is that players find themselves on descending (and branching) courses, overall 120 in three areas, with many possibilities to perform stunts. Of course those are needed to progress in the ranking, but the game takes track of two different scores: the overall course record and media stunts in front of the press. Special events are sponsor races, in which the sponsors have to impressed during the whole race, and duels, in which the course progression of another snowboarder has to emulated and the point result surpassed. The game features a soundtrack of 150 songs along with the possibility to incorporate own music tracks.
A mixture of fantasy and real courses, like Stratton and Snow Summit, provide the stomping ground for your burgeoning career. Grinds and "trick tweaks" can be performed with a single button press, while more complicated spins and flips require careful manipulation of the left analog stick. You'll also need to be aware of your rider's orientation at all times, because if not properly aligned your rider will bail at every possible instance. Runs are in fact not timed, allowing players the freedom to do whatever they want, whenever they want.
The game received "generally favorable reviews" according to the review aggregation website Metacritic. Famitsu gave it a score of one eight and three sevens for a total of 29 out of 40.
|Game||Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding|
|Number of Players||1 - 4|
|ESRB Rating||E - Everyone|
|ESRB Descriptor||Mild Lyrics|
|Game Special Features||
|Game Series||Amped Series|
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