- 1080 Avalanche Review - www.impulsegamer.com Australia

Gameplay 8.0
Graphics 8.2
Sound 8.5
Value 7.8
Distributor: Nintendo
Classification:
G
Review Date:
January 2005
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

7.8


1080 Avalanche

1080 Avalanche takes cube owners to the slopes again in a very different way that they would have been used to with SSX Tricky. Yes they are snowboarding titles and yes graphically they are both lush to look at. Pumping soundtracks are there also, however Avalanche takes the more serious route in gameplay options and produces a more realistic sort of game. The funny thing about this title is that they haven't really done much to take it to the next level especially in the face of the what was and has been accomplished with the EA franchise in SSX Tricky, I get more of the feeling that they are simply following on the success of the first iteration of the title on the N64 and really there is not a great deal more that they've brought to the party other than some graphical improvements and a little bit of trick improvement. 

One thing that I will give this game is that it truly looks magnificent and has been developed to run fast and smooth on the Cube. The emphasis seems to be on the downhill race in this game and not focussing on hangtime or getting the big tricks nailed. It succeeded 100% in this case, but we've gotten so used to Tricky and the Tony Hawk games that anything else simply doesn't cut it. One of the first things that I was trying to do was a trick and I'm sitting here staring at the controller when it simply wasn't happening. You are guaranteed a rush when you are lucky enough to get to a level that features an avalanche, which quite frankly is sensational from every single aspect of where I am sitting as the reviewer. It's all there, however it simply doesn't happen enough to save the title.

The physics of this game are really nice to get into and make for an entertaining experience, you just get the impression that the guys haven't had a stretch before they started skiing for you. The characters are also pretty uninspiring, unlike the exciting and vibrant player characters who inhabit the game world in those other games. There are  a number of effects with deep snow, falling branches and other environmental hazards that are recreated with sensational effect. 

I did notice that at some stages the framerate did stutter a bit when the going got tough but it's not something that will effect the game to the point of being unplayable. It's simply there and it is a bit surprising to encounter this on a first party Cube title.

The audio in this game is really nice and in fact I can put this one down as being almost flawless. Everything is taken care of with great clarity and the game supports Dolby ProLogic II to accentuate the gameplay experience. It's mainly a licensed techno soundtrack with a few rock tracks thrown in for good measure. Actual in game sounds though are the real stars that shine through this experience.

 I'd say that you will enjoy this title for the most part, however remember here that the focus is on speed and winning the race as opposed to doing tricks. The avalanches are stunning and general graphics in the game look great too. Some of you might want to give this one a rent before jumping in with the buy but as long as you understand  what you are getting then you are going to be in for a very fun experience. Recommended with a caution.






 
 



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