Coming from a real life snowboarder and surfer, I can tell you this game is amazing. There are many flaws, but I'm hoping those will be covered in the new update or so. The controls are great. Coming from Skate 2, there was almost no learning curve for me for the controls. But, the controls can kind of stick sometimes, mostly because of their physics system. There are a few sliding (grind) bugs and just turning bugs. Slide tricks are extremely hard to get points on, mostly because of the control set-up for doing slides are a little hard to execute even after playing for a long time. Interface is fairly simple, but easy and smooth to use. You can see forecasts, switch between mountains, change your clothes, etc etc in the main menu. The cellphone is pretty handy in-game, it lets you take pictures, set rally points (like session markers) and switch between music with one button, it also has all your objectives listed, your grab bible (confusing at first how to use), and a couple other extras. The only mistake with the grab bible (i know it says "grab") is that it doesnt include slides, so you have no clue how to do most the slides in the game. Sound is excellent, I love it. Coming from a metal guy, I can tell you that this game has really made me appreciate indie and electronica music; its relaxing to say the least. When you snowboard over rocks, ice, etc, it all has different sound effects so you know what surface your on. Graphics are fine, but animation needs some patches. I downloaded the game to my harddrive what did fix the framerate, but some of the animations are not smooth. When going down in the middle of a steep, narrow valley, your snowboarder will go crazy with framerate and animation issues. Realism is good too, but it wasn't exactly made to be realistic. You can go styler (realistic) or hucker (unrealistic), what makes a nice touch. Once again, there are a few problems with the realism in the game, but it is mostly because of the physics engine they use and also affected by some animation problems. In my opinion, this game--with all the problems--is still a 9 or 10. I love it and cant stop playing it because it is so great. It can get extremely tough at times, but its worth it in the end.
yes: I recommend this product