Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage Review
Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage box art
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.

Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage screenshot

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.

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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.

By Jonathan Marx
CCC Editor / News Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.7
Graphics
The cartoon look still works well. The weather effects are better this time.
4.2
Control
The various Nintendo peripherals are all nicely incorporated into the game including MotionPlus support.
2.7
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music selection is fine but very repetitive. The dialogue is poorly written and often grating.
3.4

Play Value
There's a good game here, but it's essentially a re-skinned version of last year's offering. Picking up Road Trip in the used bargain bin is likely the way to go.

3.5
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Become the world's best snowboarding crew - You and Shaun White will guide the World's best riders to the very top of the world rankings. Every challenge is an opportunity to increase your level of prestige on the world stage. Participate in bigger and more varied challenges across the globe until you're finally ready to take on the world's top boarders in the ultimate competition.
  • Tons of new powder to ride - From a half pipe in the middle of New York's Times Square to the most prestigious competitions in France, Canada, and Japan. Ride a ton of unforgettable locations to which only the world's best crews have access. Explore eight huge mountains for 75 unique challenges.
  • Seamless co-op multiplayer - Invite up to three friends to be a part of your crew at any point in the game. All of the progress you achieve together fully carries over to your single-player career. With a multitude of dedicated co-operative and competitive modes to explore, you can be sure that the intensity of the action on the slopes will be matched in the living room. Once you've posted a score you're proud of, see how you stack up against players from across the world using all-new online leaderboards.
  • More characters, More customization - Recruit riders from around the world! Every addition to your group brings a new way to ride and trick! Unlock a variety of authentic boots, boards, jackets, helmets and stickers as rewards for completing the game's many challenges.
  • A deep experience you'll want to keep playing - You're in total control of how you want to play the game. With the all-new season competition calendar, you'll always have a wide variety of new locations to race, trick, grind, and grab air. Replay your favorite runs to unlock each map's unique achievements, earning you keepsakes of your accomplishments and special rewards.
  • Everyone can hit the Slopes with the Wii - The Wii makes it easy to free ride or compete. The Balance Board lets you control your jumps and tricks with the intuitiveness and fun of having a snowboard in your own living room.


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