SSX Tricky for PS2? Anyone?

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  1. Joel Mack

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    This is supposedly out. Anyone pick it up, or are we too busy with GTA3, etc?
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    It is out. I almost picked it up yesterday. I think I'll wait for the Xbox or Gamecube versions as I like those controllers better (and that 480p output is nice too).
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  3. ChrisV

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    Looking forward to this one, but like you say, I'm very busy with GTA3 right now, and will probably be very busy with Tony Hawk 3 after that.
    Still, DTS! I'll be getting this one soon.
     
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    I traded in Ace Combat 4 and picked up 'Tricky instead. I absolutely loved the original SSX and, this one is better in every aspect.
    My only "semi-gripe" is that this one, unbelievably, seems just a bit too easy this time. If you really played the hell outta the 1st one and got rather decent on it, you'll buzz through this one without much of a glitch.
    'fer instance...I picked Moby, started him from a newbie and, without losing one single race...got gold on every one of them, every heat, including the brand new tracks, was able to take him to champ in less than 2 hours. Keep in mind that even the tracks from the original are HEAVILY modified and seem almost like totally new tracks.
    Granted, there is a TON of secret pathways to find and I still have just over half of the Showoff section to do, but it seemed a bit too easy this time.
    Even more so, I wasn't all that great on the showoff events on the original SSX, barely even able to scrape out silver medals. I just completed the 1st 2 tracks in the showoff mode and got gold on each one...easily. Blew the top score right outta the water. There's no way I improved over the original SSX, especially when I haven't played it in several months. So, my conclusion is that this version is a bit easier than the 1st.
    Other than that, everything says "buy me"! Even the DVD material is pretty decent. Much more so than the stuff Crystal D. put on SR2, which seemed more like an afterthought. This stuff on 'Tricky seemed to have been in the gameplan from early on.
    Another possible negative, that I can't confirm since my HT system is dismantled, is that the DTS surround sound is quite lousy and better if it's not even turned on. Read this in another thread.
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  5. ChrisV

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    Yeah, I read that too. Too bad, but I'll still be getting this one. The original was too much fun!
    It doesn't really bother me that it's a little easier than the first one either, as most of the fun was searching for the secret places and whatnot. Does it still have Pipedream? I could do without that this time.
    Oh, and did they alter Untracked at all? More craaaazy airtime would be good.
     
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    Chris V. - Pipedream is still there and untracked is a totally new track. The airtime on it isn't as great as the original but, keep in mind I really haven't explored Untracked enough yet. At the very end of the track, there is a monster drop however.
    Crystal D=Crystal Dynamics
    SR2=Soul Reaver II
    There appears to be many more shortcuts in these tracks than in the 1st game so, it may be easier to "beat" but, it might take alot longer to find all the cool "stuff". [​IMG]
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  8. Dave F

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    Ok, that makes a lot more sense than my original image of a rapper with Service Release 2. =)
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  9. Tino

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    What percentage of this game would you guys say is new? If it's just minor additions, I'll pass. However if the additions are considerably different from the original SSX which I loved, I may pick this one up.
    Thanks [​IMG]
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  10. Derrik Draven

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    Tino - It's kinda hard for me to guesstimate how much of the overall game is new but, I can tell you what is different.
    They claim 2 new tracks when actually it's 3. The "Untracked" track is a total redesign from the 1st. It only shares the name.
    All other tracks have had anywhere from modest modifications to massive overhauls. Every track feels like a new experience.
    The characters are more diverse this time around. I recently switched to a new hottie named Marisol that puts Elise to shame, IMO. Just watch her little cgi video between races and you get this "funny" feeling...down there. [​IMG]
    The interaction between the racers due to their hositility rating towards you is kinda cool too. If someone is your enemy, you can expect them to try to take you out if you get near them. I've had a character or 2 make taking me out their mission in life during a race. Friends will try and help protect you from people that want to attack you and those that are neutral are there to race without bothering with fighting.
    The interface for selecting the type of race you want, the racers themselves, their clothes, boards, and the venues themselves, has been totally rewritten from SSX and is quite a bit flashier and cooler than the 1st go around.
    The trick book is alot better now too. Trying to figure out how to pull off some of the harder tricks in SSX was sometimes a bitch, to say the least. Thankfully, that's been completely overhauled this time around as well. You still have a full stable of tricks to perform but, now you can select a "tutorial" that will show you your character, on a special trick training slope, pulling off the trick you'd like to see, all the while showing you the bottom combination to use, real time, on a controller graphic in the upper left hand corner. After you watch it a few times, or however many times you want, you can select to try it yourself on the same test slope. You'll get to see if you can do it or now before returning back to the main game.
    Should make the black diamond tricks at least easier to learn.
    I haven't dug into the deeper aspects of the game like, all the other characters, except Moby/Marisol, the shortcuts and the supertricks. I think they're after you pull off enough uber tricks. WHICH...are absolutely a friggin' blast to pull off!!!
    The new Alaska tracks is deadly brutal...I love it.
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    I played this at my friend's place yesterday, and it's a blast. My only complaint is that it's way too easy compared to SSX. We were doing 150,000-250,000 point show off runs in 2 player mode with the base characters. I watched my friend pull off a 300,000 point run on his first world circuit show off run. That just didn't happen on the first SSX. Other than that though, the game rocks. The modifcations to Snow Dream and Elysium Alps (we only had the first 3 tracks)were great. There are way more rails to grind, and the extra high jump ramps make big air a lot easier.
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    Hi! Does anyone know if I should just completely sell/trade the original for Tricky? Or is there any redeeming features on the first that are lacking on the second. Aside from the sequel being way easier? (NOTE: That move by the programmers was probably made for sucky people like me) [​IMG]
     
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    Gregg - the ONLY reason I'm keeping the original SSX is purely a personal one. It came out as a launch title. Was about the best launch title. Years from now when I'm playing my PS4, I'll still remember SSX fondly. It's one of those titles I'm keeping for sentimental reasons.
    Other than that, there is really no reason to keep the original. The new one surpasses it in every way.
    However, as I stated and others, you will find the new one a bit too easy.
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    I think I prefer the original SSX. They tried to "ramp up" the character design in Tricky, but the original Kaori, Zoe and Elise were better in design than the Tricky versions, IMO. Lucy Liu (sp?) is absolutely awful as the voice of Elise. I hope she didn't enjoy the recording process so we won't hear her again. [​IMG]
    The rivalry/friendship system is ok (I like beating someone up, once they are an enemy), but the post-game cinematics are so bad that I cringe.
    I really like the DVD extras though.
    -Dave
     

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