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From the development team that brought you Wave Race 64 comes 1080° Snowboarding, a racing game that has you thrashing the slopes from a perspective behind your character. As in most racing games, the object is simply to finish before your opponent. Yet because it's a snowboarding game, there are no laps to worry about — each race is straight down a snow-covered mountain.
Six game modes let players engage in a Match Race, Time Attack, Trick Attack, Contest, Versus Match or Training session. The heart of the game is the Match Race, where you choose between five characters and eight authentic Lamar boards before racing on Crystal Lake. The Match Race features three difficulty levels, each offering a different number of courses to compete on: Green Circle spans four races; Blue Square spans five; and Black Diamond spans six.
Time Attack is your chance to show how fast you can fly down one of three courses: Crystal Lake, Crystal Peak and Golden Forest. Want to race on more? Then you'll have to first unlock them by competing in the Match Race. 1080° Snowboarding features a total of six courses, each offering multiple shortcuts for you to get a leg up on the competition. Those who simply want to perform tricks can do just that in the following two game modes: Trick Attack and Contest.
Trick Attack lets you choose any of the unlocked courses (plus a Half-Pipe and Air Make course) to pull off as many aerial moves as you can within a time limit. Contest is a series of five courses that has you aiming for the highest total score. The harder the tricks, the more points you'll earn on both Trick Attack and Contest modes. Versus mode lets you challenge a friend on a split-screen, while Training gives you an opportunity to practice over 25 tricks.
The five characters you'll be able to choose from sport authentic Tommy Hilfiger clothing and are rated from one to ten in five areas: technique, maximum speed, balance, power and jump. The boards are also rated, with meters indicating performance in stability, edge control, acceleration, response and flex (stiffness). If you're good enough, not to mention fast enough, you'll also be able to unlock three hidden players and one extra board. Remember, stomp your landings and try not to spill! ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide