December 2nd, 2008 by Wii Game Reviews
Importantly, this isn’t just a slightly modified version of the PS3 and Xbox 360 titles. Shaun White Snowboarding Road Trip is a very different proposition, making the most of Wii’s unique control possibilities. Those who don’t own Wii Fit will be able to play along using the remote to steer their ‘boarder, but to get the full physical experience you’ve really got step on a Balance Board and get those muscles working.
The idea is to stand at right-angles to the TV, then use body movements to control the onscreen character as he plunges down the slopes. Pressing down with your back foot steers, pushing forward with the front foot accelerates and jumping is achieved by bending your knees and then straightening them quickly. Finally, hitting the remote’s A and B buttons in synchronisation with foot movements accesses those all-important tricks, flips and grabs. It’s a shame the game still requires you to hold the remote for this purpose, but the board handles key elements such as turning and acceleration extremely well.
Don’t expect to become an instant champion, though – this is a system that rewards patience. While the basic movements are fairly intuitive, pulling off the more awkward manoeuvres takes a bit of practice; attempting to place your feet correctly while hitting the right buttons AND watching the screen takes as much coordination as the real sport. Expect to get a faceful of snow or three during the learning process.
Shaun White Snowboarding Road Trip cleverly plays to all the strengths of the Wii. It uses the Balance Board, it feels sociable and intuitive, and it’s got just the right look, eschewing realistic visuals for a more cartoonish style, which should certainly appeal to the console’s family audience. Factor in an engaging if throwaway storyline and a superb soundtrack hand-picked by the frizzy-haired champ himself and you’ve got the best winter sports title in ages.
Follow the links below to purchase Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip for the Wii.
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