Stoked Review
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System: X360 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Bongfish 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Destineer 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Feb. 24, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-8 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Considering that points are scarce and you'll need sixty six fame points to turn pro, expect to spend several hours as an amateur. Unfortunately, this is one of the major problems with Stoked. Early in the game you feel directionless, endlessly retrying challenges in an attempt to get to the much more interesting game hidden beneath the lengthy introduction. Once you've turned pro, you'll get to take on other pros in an attempt to gain more moves, have photo shoots that can display your boarding prowess, or even have sponsors fighting over whose clothes you'll be wearing. I'm all for gradually easing players into an experience, but this is one game that really needed to speed up the process of getting to the good part.

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Speaking of good, the graphics in Stoked are actually quite nice, especially considering that it's a budget title. The way the light reflects off of the fresh snow on distant mountains is particularly lovely. Constantly changing daylight and weather conditions only further make these environments beautiful and believable. The only real glaring presentation issues come from the lack of variety and some noticeable pop in, though neither of which manage to adversely affect the gameplay.

However, the actual act of playing Stoked isn't without its fair share of problems. Preloading hucker jumps is complicated at best, requiring an elaborate string of button presses and circumstances to work correctly. The physics in the game can be a tad unforgiving, usually resulting in many undeserved failed landings. Pedestrians will sometimes saunter into the middle of your jump, completely annihilating any chance at a successful trick. The game also seems to have issues registering grabs at times, which is quite troublesome when trying to complete the final move in a series of required tricks. Keeping in mind that you can retry any challenge in the game by simply pressing the back button, having to retry challenges multiple times due to these issues can still be rather infuriating.

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Even so, Stoked is a good overall package for anyone looking for a more realistic snowboarding game. It has a lengthy single-player experience, a varied online component, a decent soundtrack, nice graphics, and is coming in at a budget forty dollar price tag. Unfortunately, the game also has its share of problems, such as the incredibly slow initial pacing and limited customization, that keep it from being a must have title. Still, if you can overlook its few issues, Stoked is certainly worth checking out.

By Adam Brown
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.8
Graphics
The environments in Stoked remain picturesque despite some small issues with pop in. Characters also receive some nice touches such as getting covered with snow after failing trick attempts.
3.0
Control
There can be some issues with grab recognition but, for the most part, everything feels and works as it should.
3.3
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
While there isn't much here that you'll likely recognize, the soundtrack is actually quite varied and competent.
3.7
Play Value
The game starts off slow but really pays off after turning pro. A lengthy career and the ability to take to the online slopes will keep you playing this one for longer than you may expect.
3.5
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Gigantic real-world mountains: Leave worn-out resorts behind and travel the world in search of the ultimate back country location as you explore five world-renowned summits. Discover new drop points by helicopter, bail out and experience more than 45 square miles of open terrain on each peak.
  • Dynamic weather and environments: Every day the snow and weather conditions change on each of the mountains featured in the game, thanks to a dynamic weather and time of day system. Snow accumulates on mountain surfaces, changing the riding experience, opening new paths, and building new trickable features and challenges.
  • Seamless multiplayer: Invite your friends to ride with you in instant drop-in multiplayer! While riding together you can select custom helicopter drop points, create competitive or cooperative challenges, or call out tricks for members of your posse to pull off as you snap their photos. When you're ready to get serious, go up against other boarders on Xbox LIVE in sponsored events to build your fame.
  • Style crafting: As you develop your style, the animation system will adapt to how you play, and the other riders on the mountain will emulate your moves! Doing tricks isn't the only way to convey a sense of style. Thirty of the industry's top gear manufacturers, clothing brands, and international magazines have joined forces with Destineer and Absinthe to help you build your career. As your legend grows, so will your stylistic choices.
  • Real riders, real pros: Stoked features some of the most influential professional riders and names in the sport: Travis Rice, Nicolas Mueller, Wolle Nyvelt, Annie Boulanger, Romain de Marchi, Tadashi Fuse, Gigi Ruef, and Bjorn Leines.
  • Screen Resolution: Up to 720p (Standard HDTV).


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