Shake and slide
It certainly is a slippery slope.
Just pop the disc into the Wii, pick up the remote and nunchuck and it’s all downhill from there.
Beware: “SSX Blur,” the latest extreme snowboarding game by EA Sports Big, can get addictive. You get those easy rushes that encourage you to keep coming back — even when the going gets challenging.
The big draw, of course, is the motion- sensitive Wii controller.
Traditional extreme sports games require that gamers maneuver their on-screen characters with joysticks and buttons. However, “SSX Blur” takes advantage of the Wii controller to connect the gamer more closely with the action on the screen. All of the steering and jumping is controlled by turning and jerking the nunchuck attachment. Most tricks, such as flips and spins, are handled by waving the remote in different directions.
The basic moves are easy to learn and to put to use. However, more advanced skills require quite a bit of practice. Stringing together a series of jumps, flips, spins and grinds boosts a character’s power, which can be unleashed in a spectacular ubertrick. Nailing the ubertrick can be quite difficult at the beginning.
Gamers can compete in a variety of competitions — slalom, downhill, tricks — against computer-controlled opponents or against a friend.
The graphics aren’t on the cutting edge, but they still look pretty good.
Overall, the game is a solid upgrade to the downhill genre.
On the Web: www.easports.com/ssxblur/