Shaun White Snowboarding Review
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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.

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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.

By Cole Smith
CCC Senior Writer

Lacks detail. Animation is clumsy and slow.
Drawing with the stylus isolates the player from the virtual snowboarding experience.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Good tunes, but there could always be more variety.

Play Value
Limited fun in both single and multiplayer modes. It’s like a mini-game.

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

Game Features:

  • Create your paths through huge mountain environments: Create your own runs to suit your personal riding style, and choose your paths down four open mountains. Each path offers its own risks, rewards and opportunities. Big airs, dangerous carves, thrilling speed runs and huge challenges await!
  • Intuitive stylus controls: Be in complete control of your rider using intuitive motion-based controls on the Touch Screen. Simply flick the stylus to jump, draw a circle to spin or slide it across to control your carves. Experiment with a ton of different combinations to get you into the game like never before!
  • Wireless multiplayer for four: Get your friends together for a snowboarding session via wireless multiplayer. Up to four players can get in on the action at once during races, point competitions, king of the hill and more.
  • Go on a globe-trotting adventure with Shaun White as your partner: Ubisoft worked in close contact with Shaun White in order to infuse the game experience with the most authentic elements of his riding style, personality and sense of humor. Shaun will act as a good-natured friend and mentor to the player, helping them improve his riding by teaching new gameplay abilities to conquer challenges, introduce them to new locales, or simply be around to share in a laugh.
  • Customize your ride and your gear: You can choose a rider to suit your own personal style and complete challenges to unlock decals. These decals will not only be a way for you to customize your gear and show your accomplishments to the world, but will also help you customize your riding style by granting you new abilities. See a particularly cool decal on a friend’s board? Trade decals with your friends via wireless multiplayer!

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