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SSX Tricky

2004

Slightly better than the already sweet "SSX", "SSX Tricky" adds Run-DMC, a couple new characters, better voice work and a couple more tracks to make this a worthwhile successor to the first game...but, I can't say that you can justify buying "Tricky" if you already have the first game.

I never bought the first game, even though I had played a friend's copy, so this one was a no-brainer.  Some people will try to beat the game with all of the boarders included; that would be quite a task, especially if you factor in the trick books and trying to earn Gold medals with each person.  As it is, beating the game completely with just one boarder is a long ordeal, but one that is enjoyable thanks to the incredible tracks and the Showoff modes which allow you to rack up a high number of points by doing a ton of tricks.

For a sports game, nothing looks more fluid than "Tricky"; really, just a beautiful game.  For snowboarding game fans, there may not be a better game on the PS2 market.

Rating:  Opening Weekend

 

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Bellview Rating System:

"Opening Weekend":  Buy this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why that's a good move.  A game experience that will almost guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end. 

"$40":  Usually after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly, or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new games.  Usually, that's about $40.  You'll feel good getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.

"eBay":  This game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from either half.com or eBay.  You also might let a friend buy this game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make them feel better.  Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy Seconds."

"Rental":  Like my cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something worthwhile.  For games in this category, this is the maximum amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.  Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.

"Dogshit":  Games like this should have never been released.  If you play this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the experience.  Further, if you can get this game for free, don't do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience for you!

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