In our continuing coverage of the "Shaun White Snowboarding" party, courtesy of guest blogger Michelle Zeller, she goes hands-on with the game. Michelle is a competitive snowboarder back in Colorado, so she's certainly qualified to discuss the nuances of the game's attempts at realism.
It's Michelle here with some game preview.
At the party I was able to test out the Xbox 360, PS3 and Nintendo Wii versions of "Shaun White Snowboarding."
The Xbox 360 and PS3 version of the game were basically the same thing, just with different controls.
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I had difficulty adjusting to the controls on PS3, because every other snowboarding game I have played before had the jump button as X. In this game you use the R2 button to jump and strictly analog to maneuver and spin.
One cool feature of the controls was the ability to switch camera views with the L1 and R1 buttons from third person to first person. I really liked this feature because it accurately portrays what it's like from a snowboarder's viewpoint. Also, at the bottom of the run, you are able to get back on the ski lift which captures the feeling of what its like to be at an actual ski resort. You can even press the circle button to throw snowballs. The graphics were amazing and the designers did a really good job of portraying what it's like to snowboard at Park City mountain resort. The soundtrack featured a lot of my favorite songs. Artists such as MGMT, Bob Dylan and Run DMC can be found. Shaun mentioned to me that you can even upload your own songs.
As I have said in the previous post, the Nintendo Wii was my favorite version of the game. Just as you would on a snowboard, you have to move your body certain ways to initiate tricks.
As you can see from the video of me playing the game, I lean forward on my toes and throw my arm forwards towards the left to initiate a frontside spin and lean back on my heels and throw my arm backwards and right to initiate a backside spin. To jump onto rails you lean back as if you would on a snowboard to initiate an ollie (jump) to get on the rail. This may sound complicated to people who do not snowboard, but it only takes a little practice to get the hang of the movements.
It is really fun once you know what you are doing and I believe this will make people want to try real life snowboarding.
See you on the mountain!
(The ‘Shaun White Snowboarding’ guest-blogger project was made possible by a sponsorship partnership between MTV and the game’s publisher, Ubisoft.)