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Why we need more SSX (and might just get it)

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Official word says:

‘SSX is a fabulous piece of intellectual property. You never say never, but there’s nothing to say right now’


Above: He looks right in that setting and you know it 

That right there was Peter Moore, head of EA Sports, previous Xbox 360 man, and suspected 17th century wizard. He might have basically said a whole lot of nothing, but I’m intrigued by the way he said it. Now in my experience of journalising video games, a flat-out denial is usually a believable flat-out denial. Having ‘nothing to say’ is a lesser-known cousin of the more common ‘we do not comment on rumour or speculation’.

Now I don’t want to turn into a squealing fanboy blogger here (well part of me does, because this is SSX, but I won’t, because I’m a serious grown-up man of journalism, with a proper beard and everything), but in video game PR-speak, Moore definitely hasn’t denied SSX is being thought about. He went on to say,

‘I think we’d have to look at how you bring back SSX’s snowboarding mechanic and make it relevant. It’s been a number of years, some people may not even have played an SSX game. You’ve got to look at the current marketplace and Shaun White coming back again’

Which leads me on to an important, and perhaps the most salient of all points pertaining to this matter.

Shaun White is a bit pump

Slow, bland, and not particularly exciting, Ubisoft’s Shaun White Snowboarding is a solid but thoroughly unspectacular snowboarding sim. Fast, beautiful, immensely exciting and incandescently spectacular. That’s what SSX is. And so far this generation, Shaun White is SSX’s only competition. Fish. Barrel. That’s what an SSX relaunch would look like.


Above: This is not how you do it

Last generation was filled with snowboarding games like this year’s E3 was filled with flailing, and SSX still managed to rise to the top. A new one would have no problems, and now more than ever, we need it.

How should it work?

Just like SSX 3, but bigger and better. Keep the courses huge and insane. Keep the trick system accessible but intricately hardcore. Keep motion control the hell away from it. I just want a new iteration of Big Mountain with spectacular new courses and the same semi-open-world layout. In fact screw it. Instead of Big Mountain I want the Big Mountain range. Three mountains at least, joined by helicopter transport, but with organic back-country routes connecting all three via hidden passes, tunnels and ridges.


Above: This is how you do it

Just imagine exploring an innocuous little cave in Free Ride mode, enjoying a bit of hidden tunnel riding, and then bursting out of the darkness via one of SSX’s trademark monster jumps to find a whole new peak laid out ahead of you in glorious, shimmering HD? Bolster the free exploration with the kind of persistent online mode we saw in Burnout Paradise and – yes – Shaun White, keep the soundtrack full of cool beats and smooth ambience, and there’s a good chance I’d never play another game again. Let’s just keep the skis out of it this time, okay EA?

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21 comments

  • Robusken - June 24, 2010 2:07 p.m.

    Completely agree with you David. An HD SSX will require me buying a spanking new TV.
  • suicidalstickman - June 24, 2010 2:16 p.m.

    I miss the SSX's, if the new ones anything near to tricky it'll be amazing. I should never have sold it really.
  • willyfoureyes - June 24, 2010 2:22 p.m.

    I agree. Since a new NBA Jam game is on the horizon, I think the time would be appropriate for SSX to make a comeback.
  • Fredeur - June 24, 2010 2:37 p.m.

    I have to disagree with David, a SSX HD would not be one of the pinnacles of human achievement thus far, it would be THE pinnacle of human achievement thus far.
  • GR_DavidHoughton - June 24, 2010 2:59 p.m.

    Freduer, you had me worried there for a second. Good save.
  • grizzly311 - June 24, 2010 3:50 p.m.

    I know it won't/can't happen, but wouldn't be interesting to see what Platinum games would do with this franchise. Just a thought.
  • ayoyo227 - June 24, 2010 4:13 p.m.

    This would make my life, i remember going to my friends house to play this. I would pre-order this in a second. But knowing todays devs i have a feeling there's going to be something wrong with it if they make it.
  • smackage - June 24, 2010 4:41 p.m.

    Riding endless backcountry and nailing tricks that only read as ??? on the bottom of the screen while shoving other riders to their doom always puts a smile on my face.
  • SirDinkleman - June 24, 2010 5:54 p.m.

    A new SSX would sure hit the spot right about now, I miss Mac's annoying street talk, but I hope they bring back a lot more of the characters from tricky and the first game. (Maybe even ALL of them????)
  • VyseTheTetrisdork - June 24, 2010 6:03 p.m.

    I miss SSX. 3 was truly the best of the series and was disappointed with the Wii's SSX Blur. Thank for reminding me how awesome the series is and for making me hunt down SSX 3 for the Xbox so that I can play it on my 360.
  • Fmrfox - June 24, 2010 6:07 p.m.

    SSX is fun, but being a snowboarder I would rather have a realistic snowboarding game that is basically skate on a snowboard. Stoked was ok but didn't have a very big developer/ production value so it was glitchy. Plus it was ALL backcounty, which is fun but you need ski hills/park in there too.
  • Jez7 - June 24, 2010 6:18 p.m.

    I couldn't agree more. SSX revolutionised extreme sports and winter games. It was exiting, appealing and ANYONE could play it. The simple fact is that there's NO WAY that EA will bring out a new SSX WITHOUT motion control... expecially with Move. Not that you won't be able to play it normally, but drawing trick shapes and carving powder is just something they will think 'clicks'. Having said that, any SSX game (especially made my Criterion) would make me cream cakes... a solid soundtrack, loads of routes, downloadable mountains, 16-player races, festivals, winter games, create-a-boarder.. if they did it right, it would be the best sports game ever made. I had hoped for something out of E3.. but alas. Still, here's hoping... perhaps we should start a petition.
  • N24K - June 24, 2010 8:16 p.m.

    I want ssx tricky back in glorious HD PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • QWERTYCommander - June 24, 2010 9:30 p.m.

    The only SSX games I played were Tricky, On Tour and Blur, and judging by those, yes, I do want another SSX. Probably with the same style of music for On Tour, combined with the gameplay of Tricky and 3, and SSX 4 would be AMAZING.
  • evilpacman18 - June 24, 2010 11:59 p.m.

    "Keep motion control the hell away from it." ^THIS THIS THIS
  • QWERTYCommander - June 25, 2010 5:07 a.m.

    Blur was shit. I do agree, keep motion controls AWAY.
  • Spybreak8 - June 25, 2010 8:58 a.m.

    I grew up with that game, played SSX3 in high school and then a lot more in college with my roommates. A HD tweaked port of SSX3 is all I'm asking. I love DJ Atomika and I thought it was cool that I heard that in Burnout Paradise as well (the advantage to gaming with headphones on).
  • philipshaw - June 25, 2010 10:22 a.m.

    I would love for this to happen, I'm such a huge SSX fan and I'm still playing SSX3 now on my HDTV and that game still looks great
  • joecool2992 - June 25, 2010 9:55 p.m.

    well, my favorite racing game ever was need for speed hot pursuit 2 and Criterion is making a reboot of that. if they make an ssx tricky reboot also....i could die happy
  • darkmagshin - June 25, 2010 10:34 p.m.

    ssx was probably my favorite game of the last generation, come to think of it. YEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH NEW SSX NOWWWW captcha: 20 seedless

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