SSX Tricky is a snowboarding video game, the second game in the SSX series published by EA Sports BIG & developed by EA Canada. In SSX, players choose one of several varied characters, participate in races or trick competitions, and earn rewards. The game's sequels are SSX 3, SSX on Tour, and SSX Blur. It is named after Run-D.M.C.'s "It's Tricky", which is featured throughout the game.
Visual Impact (GBA)
EA Sports BIG
Electronic Arts Victor (Japan)
NA: November 5, 2001
EU: November 30, 2001
JP: February 7, 2002
NA: December 2, 2001
JP: December 27, 2001
EU: July 12, 2002
NA: December 10, 2001
JP: April 4, 2002
EU: June 14, 2002
Game Boy Advance
NA: October 31, 2002
EU: November 1, 2002
PlayStation 2, Gamecube,
Xbox, Gameboy Advance
The game includes a behind-the-scenes "making of" segment, labelled "DVD Content" in the main menu.
This was the first game in the series to be released on multiple consoles, the original game being exclusive to the PlayStation 2.
Gameplay continues the same basic method introduced in SSX, with the main tracks being 'remixed' from the previous games and two new tracks, Garibaldi and Alaska. The important new feature added to the series are the Uber moves. If players are able to fill their boost bar to the maximum, they'll be able to perform Uber moves which involve characters taking their feet off their board. If a player successfully lands an Uber move, they are given a short amount of time for infinite boost, which can be topped off by performing more Uber moves. Each player can perform five Uber moves, including a personal move if the character is using a board that matches their style. If a player successfully performs six Uber moves, spelling out 'tricky' on the boost bar, they will have infinite boost for the remainder of the level.
Also introduced in the game is a rivalry system in the World Circuit mode. If the player is friendly with another AI character, they will treat the player favourably. However, if the player ends up annoying other AI characters, generally by attacking them during the race in order to fill the adrenaline bar, they will become hostile towards you in future events.
In SSX Tricky, there are three modes of gameplay in which you may use, some of which may help you to practice and others of which you may compete.
- The Freeride mode of gameplay does not allow you to unlock characters or boards, but is basically just for fun. It enables you to play with either one or two players, as well as allowing you to get to know the course. It does, however, allow you unlock outfits by completing a trick chapter.
- Practice Mode is a great place for beginners to get the opportunity to get used to snowboarding. As in Freeride, you have the ability to do what you wish, and to practice tricks.
- World Circuit
- In the World Circuit mode, you have the ability to unlock characters, boards and outfits by racing and competing in events. There are two main categories of events; Race and Show-off. In race, the player must compete in the Quarter- and Semi-finals, and then in the Finals and get within the top three places to "win" that track; the medals are Bronze, Silver and Gold.
- There are eight tracks to complete. When racing, you must attempt to stay in the lead of your five opponents. In show-off, you are required to perform as many fancy tricks as you can and obtain as many points as you can.
- If this mode is completed in Race, the extra track "Untracked" is unlocked for Freeplay. Similar to Showoff is Pipedream.
- Single Event
- Single Event takes, as its name suggests, one of the events over a single heat from World Circuit mode. Medals are awarded at the end of the track, and a second human player can be added.
- Elise Riggs
- Mackenzie "Mac" Fraser (NTSC version)
- Kaori Nishidake
- Zoe Payne
- Moby Jones
- Jean-Paul "JP" Arsenault
- Psymon Stark
- Edward "Eddie" Wachowski
- Seeiah Owens
- Luther-Dwayne Grady
- Marisol Diez Delgado
- Broderick "Brodi" Ford
- Martin "Marty" Stieber (PAL version)
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The PlayStation 2 version received "universal acclaim", and the GameCube and Xbox versions received "favorable" reviews, while the Game Boy Advance version received "average" reviews according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.
Most reviews hesitated before calling the game a "true sequel" since it shared a large amount of content with the original SSX (all but two of the courses appear in the original). Reviews did compliment the added features, such as "Uber tricks" and "Rivalry" with other boarders. Some reviewers thought that the improvements over the original were so good that SSX Tricky was billed as the best snowboarding game to date. The voice acting was highly praised by many reviewers, noting that the use of celebrities such as Lucy Liu helped bring the outrageous characters to life. The music system received much acclaim as it was able to adapt to suit the situation. Each course had specific songs paired with it to match the mood and when riders reached maximum boost or were knocked down, the music reacts. The size of the environments, the detail of the graphics and the trick system also received plenty of recognition from reviewers. In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of 32 out of 40 for the GameCube version, 30 out of 40 for the PS2 version, and three sevens and one eight (29/40) for the Xbox version.
In predicting the sales for the game, PSX Extreme said "It's quite unfortunate if I do say so myself, because a AAA title like SSX Tricky won't be getting the sales it really deserves. IGN called it the 95th best PlayStation 2 game. The staff cited its improvements over its predecessor (which includes "flashier Uber moves").
During development, SSX Tricky was referred to using various names, such as SSX 1.5 and SSX CD.
Although, "Lady Marmalade" does not appear on the soundtrack for the game it's music video can be seen in the background of the DVD Content for Music around the 1:28 mark.
This was not the first time that Luther's voice actor, Oliver Platt, and Eddie's, David Arquette, worked together, as the two starred in 2000 movie Ready to Rumble. Oddly enough Zoe's voice actress, Bif Naked, contributed to the soundtrack of that movie, as well.