|System: DS, X360, PS3, PC, PS2, Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Ubisoft||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Ubisoft||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 16, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Using the stylus in this way makes you feel like a third-party to the action. It feels as though you're controlling the board remotely, not seriously connecting with it.
Grinding rails is another reason to jump with your board. Fortunately, the game gently pulls you in the direction of the jump and will very forgivingly place you atop the rail as long as you make some kind of effort. The problem is actually remaining balanced on the rail. It takes some practice, but upgrades in the form of decals can be collected that will increase skills such as balance and speed. These decals are located throughout the course as are the various ramps and surfaces to grind on, including the requisite cabin roofs and horizonal logs.
Presented in a cartoon style, Shaun White Snowboarding sports a decent 3D engine but it gets sluggish at times. The course is not very well detailed, and the lack of subtle shading makes it difficult to judge relief. Overall the speed of the game is slow, and when you try to push the envelope you're likely to lose control and bail. Fortunately, you can get back up and get on with it without much of a penalty.
The tune selection is good, but it's not varied and there are only a handful of songs as compared to the Wii version. In fact, it's not really fair to compare this DS version with the others. This is a unique version, and I use the word unique in the most polite form. It's certainly got a good novelty factor, but it's got about as much depth as a mini-game. So, please allow me to end this review with a terrible pun. You'll either love it or hate it; it's that black and white. Even with another player, Shaun White Snowboarding is still not much fun. Remember, two Shauns don't make a white. Sorry.
CCC Senior Writer