11 years ago
Stoked: Big Air Edition comes from a little developer by the name of Bongfish. It's a tweaked and tuned version of the original Stoked, plus it adds in 2 huge new mountains, which comes to 7 absolutely gigantic mountains in total, and on top of that, Big Air Edition also features better snowboarding physics, new 2010 gear, racing events, park objects, marked trails, and more refined riding mechanics. The original Stoked had none of this. The visuals in Big Air Edition are crisp and wonderful. The mountains really come alive with the dynamic weather system that has been implemented in this game. Sometimes events will even be marked with an icon that tells you that you should wait until more snow is covering the ground. You can still partake in these events in any condition, but it'll be easier if you're riding in the right condition for that certain event. The wind also blows the snow and trees around. This dynamic weather makes riding on the mountains feel very realistic and alive, not static and boring like in other snowboarding titles. Each mountain is also huge and has 10 or so marked runs with a huge number of events on each run. After beating the high score on each run for a mountain (50,000), you gain the ability to jump in the helicopter and fly it around to absolutely any spot you desire. Big Air Edition keeps the backcountry runs that the original release was known for, but it also has many runs that are littered with park objects now. This is a first for Stoked, because the original was all backcountry. There are many rails and ramps to hit, especially in LAAX. This game also features K2, which is downright scary to ride on in the game. The gameplay mechanics here are spot on. The control system has been a bit refined from the original release. It works very much like Skate. You use the 2 analog sticks and triggers for tricks. It's very simple and intuitive. And unlike the original where you had to check the 'Grab Bible' if you weren't sure how to do a trick, Big Air Edition offers a controller display in the lefthand corner when you select an event that requires certain tricks and it displays the proper commands for each trick. All in all, Stoked: Big Air Edition is an atmospheric and generally polished snowboarding experience that takes inspiration from Amped and Skate, then it wraps in up all in one delicious package. Reviews were right, this game is a success. 1UP gave it an A- and rightfully so. You'd never expect such a quality title from an indie dev and publisher like this, but Stoked: Big Air Edition is the #1 reviewed snowboarding title of this generation (Metacritic average). Do not pass this title up. Bongfish deserves to get recognized for putting their heart and soul into such an amazing title.
yes: I recommend this product