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Friday, December 9, 2011

Video Game Review - Stoked: Big Air Edition

  • Graphics 9/10

  • Sound 9.5/10

  • Gameplay 7.5/10

  • Replayability 7/10

What we have here is a snowboarding simulator that favors realism, similar to the Coolboarder series, as opposed to the unorthodox physics and gameplay of the SSX series.  The game features 7 mountains to board down, with about 8 drop points per mountain.  You start the game with only 2 unlocked, and obtain the others by completing challenges and gaining influence points.  The main objective is to collect as many influence points as you can, which allow for photo shoots and sponsorship deals that unlock new gear and increased fame.  Stoked features a stellar soundtrack with a jukebox feature, allowing you to toggle on which genres of music you enjoy while leaving the others off.  You can also pick your own "theme" that will play when you complete a challenge or land an important trick, which I thought was a neat addition.  The gameplay is fast and fluent, though the physics engine can be a bit unpredictable at times.  Overall I would say this isn't a bad game for the cost, but unless you are into snowboarding or similar games I wouldn't recommend it.

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