With 2012 finally in the books it’s only fair to look back and shed some light on the best games of the past year. 2012 was a big year for games. Some franchises were reborn (Halo) and others were completed (Mass Effect), but one thing for certain is that there was a wide range of quality games to play throughout the year. Surprisingly, the game that I arguably had the most fun playing the entire year was SSX. A reincarnation of the classic PlayStation 2 title, this newest SSX was so over the top and exaggerated that it was a blast to play.
Nostalgia aside, SSX by itself was a tremendous game. The story was simple and too the point – your team of snowboarders is trying to beat a rival down the seven deadly descents. That was enough of a premise to keep it interesting and the obvious point is that it’s not a story driven game – it’s an action driven one. Carving down the mountains and busting ridiculously unrealistic tricks was insanely satisfying. Each run was laid out in a manner that you could choose numerous paths to reach the same goal. A variety of game types added to the fun. There was a sense of freedom going down the mountain where the game was just letting you ride however you deemed necessary.
Ultimately however, the underlying mechanic that made SSX so much fun was RiderNet. Similar to AutoLog within the Need for Speed community, RiderNet compared your times to your friends and always updated you on who was in first place. It would suggest runs to go on in an effort to foster the competitiveness… and it totally worked. In addition to RiderNet, SSX had a simple, yet compelling online game mode where it would rank you in four categories based on everyone who has ever participated in that run. Finishing a descent and feeling like it was a success only to see there are literally thousands of players better than you is both frustrating and invigorating. This competitiveness is what created such a great replay value for SSX.
SSX is not the best technical wise, graphics wise, or story wise, however, from a sheer enjoyment and fun perspective, it is definitely one of my best games of 2012.
Lucas has evolved in his video game preferences. With a foundation in predominantly sports game, action adventure games are now his favorite to play. He is a competitive swimmer and likes to play volleyball, basketball, and golf.
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With 2012 finally in the books it's only fair to look back and shed some light on the best games of the past year. 2012 was a big year for games. Some franchises were reborn (Halo) and others were completed (Mass Effect), but one thing for certain is that there was a wide range of quality games to play throughout the year. Surpris