|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Ubisoft Montreal||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. 8, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Presentation this time around is identical to that of last year's game. However, rather than living out of a conversion van, the game's new hub is that of an international airport. Accessing the different events, stats and achievements, and even creating your own tricks, is a breeze. The cartoon look lends itself well to the console, and interesting weather effects and a sense of speed keeps the game sharp. Animations, while smooth when executed individually, begin to look artificial and rough when linked with various tricks.
Sound quality is decent. The various popular tunes that are played throughout the game will likely please young gamers' tastes. However, I was a little dismayed that songs don't change when repeating the same event. This becomes readily apparent, and even frustrating, because the game is more challenging in this sequel. Listening to the same pop-rock 10 or more times in search of a first place finish is enough to make you settle for second. Voice over work is proficient, but it too is annoying. The array of actors chosen do a good job of capturing the shallow, youthful personalities they're portraying, but the dim dialogue and asinine interactions are tiresome. The worst of the bunch is Shaun White himself - especially at the outset of the game when he incessantly and repetitiously shouts out trick commands.
Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage for Wii is another quality boarding title. However, the few improvements don't add up to a lot more than what was available last year; this really isn't a very inspired sequel. As such, owners of Road Trip need not shell out the dough for this newest version. If you haven't played the original, World Stage does incorporate Wii MotionPlus into the fold and the difficulty level has been increased, so you'll have a more enjoyable time if you plan on playing the game from the couch or are simply looking for a decent challenge.
CCC Editor / News Director