EA has released the first in a series of comic bios for the characters from its upcoming SSX reboot. Whereas the first SSX debuted with little more than a wealth of bright colors, loud noises and mid-90s slang (that's phat!), over the years the series has evolved to the degree that the new title requires a little more positioning to clarify the titles place in the world of videogames about snowboarding. Hence, we get one-shot comic intros for the game's characters, starting with newcomer Ty Thorsen.
Above: The punch line. Fin
SSX has always been the single strongest snowboarding series in terms of well-drawn characters (for whatever that's worth). Earlier entries in the series recruited actors like David Arquette and Macy Grey to voice characters, giving the games distinct personalities without deluging the player with the tiresomely x-treme cut scenes that were the style of the time.
Is a comic devoted entirely to characters' internal, Dark Knight Returns-esque monologue the logical next step in this attention to character? Or do you feel like EA has just taken three pages to tell you, “this Ty character sure does love snowboarding” – when that would have been adequately conveyed by his presence within a snowboarding videogame? Either way, the new SSX launches January of next year – expect more character-bio comics between now and then, giving you plenty of opportunity to explore more characters' innermost thoughts (spoiler: they also like snowboarding).
Aug 8, 2011