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Hype Train: Shaun White Snowboarding
by Unknown
Shaun White Snowboarding (as you may have guessed) is a snowboarding game from Ubisoft Montreal. Before I read an article on the game in this month’s PSM3, I didn’t really care about the game. But now I’m actually really stoked for it, mainly because of some great sounding features.

One thing that struck me whilst watching a play-through of the “peak” level was the large loading time (about 10-15 seconds). But I doubt you will care as while you wait you can mess around on a half-pipe area that lets you pull some great tricks. This obviously lends a lot from FIFA 08’s “Arena” loading screen that lets you control a player in a 1v1 situation with an opposing goal-keeper.

The game also supports an “always online” function that lets the player go about their normal business in the 1 player mode, but with up to 15 random other riders on the slopes to interact with and more than likely get in the way of. This really excites me as it entails some sort of pseudo-16 player co-op mode which would change the way the game can be played.

Finally, the option for custom soundtracks is a god-send for PS3 players without this function built-in (although 2.4 might change this). Snowboarding + Foo Fighters = Awesome.

Shaun White Snowboarding comes out around Christmas 08 on PC, 360, PS3 and Wii. Who knows, it could be one of the unexpected hits of 08.


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