Review by Wolfvie
"1080 Snowboarding, the true beginning to the 3D extreme-sports genre"
A lot of people would consider Tony Hawk's Pro Skater to be the game that really started the 3D extreme-sports genre. Those people, would be in fact wrong. As an actual fact, 1080 Snowboarding on the N64 really kick-started that aforementioned genre. Without 1080 Snowboarding, games like the Tony Hawk franchise and Skate probably wouldn't exist. While there were others games before it, 1080 Snowboarding took all the ideas from them and built on them and the end result totally blew the competition away. Here's my review of 1080 Snowboarding.
At the time of it's release, 1080 was considered to be one of the best looking for it's time and as it stands today, it is still very nice to look at. The courses all look pretty decent, each of which detailed with great background textures. The character models are also great, and stand tall as some of the best on the system. The character animation is magnificent and the snowy white sometimes desolate environments really add to the game's atmosphere. The game's frame rate has been exceptionally smooth all throughout my time playing the game, which is an impressive feat for a game as fast-paced and action-packed as this one.
The game's sound effects are great, from the grunts of the boarder as a smashes into a log, to the grinding of the board as the rider glides gracefully along a sheet of ice. Unfortunately on the music side of things, 1080 doesn't fare quite as well. The game's soundtrack is underwhelming at best, it's hard to believe a first party developed Nintendo game would produce a soundtrack as painstakingly mediocre as this one but then again, there's always a first.
The game features six different modes in the game. Match Race, Time Attack, Trick Attack, Contest, 2P VS and Training mode.
Match Race, is the game's Grand Prix mode. This can be played in three difficulties Normal, Hard and Expert. Normal offers 4 races, hard five and expert offers six. Time Attack, basically the Time Trail mode, easily the most addictive of the game's modes for me. Trick Attack, is also pretty basic, it has players racing through checkpoints pulling off tricks as they go from an added bonus. Contest has players competing in a number of various different events. Racing in and out flags, racing down a half-pipe and flying through the air off huge jump. 2P VS, is the game's two-player mode in which players can duke-it-out' in spectacular Nintendo fashion, racing down one of the game's six different courses. Easily the game's best mode, with enough fun and skill to still be played today. Training, as it's name would suggest is the obligatory training mode.
One of the things that makes 1080 Snowboarding so great, is the amount of skill and replay value to be had in the game. Unlike many other snowboarding, jumping in 1080 requires great skill and precision, it requires great skill to master it. Players will have to learn exactly how to land jumps in order to avoid reducing speed. It's great fun, and has the substance to make players to keep coming back hungry for more. The game has five playable characters, with different attributes and abilities. Kensuki Kimachi is agile and very well-balanced, Dion Blaster is fast, but he lacks in the area of handling and Akari Hayami handles very well and is great for beginner players.
Unfortunately one of the game's biggest flaws is the lack of courses. The game only offers six courses. The superb track design and sheer diversity and replay value of the game's various modes come off as something of a decent trade-off, though ultimately doesn't really soften the blow. While this might have been acceptable back in 1998, it certainly isn't acceptable now.
The game's controls are fairly difficult, and can take some time to get used to. The control-stick is used to control your rider. A' can be used to jump and B' In combination to the control stick pulls off tricks. The R button can be used to pull off spins. Once you get past the difficult to learn control scheme, the controls are nigh on perfect.
Now a quick revision
- Multiplayer is amazingly addictive, keeping you come back for more with each race.
- Beautiful visuals; fantastic character animation.
- Good Sound-Fx.
- Great replay value.
- Generic Soundtrack.
- Only six tracks/courses.
Easily one of the best Snowboarding games of all time. It was the dawning of the next generation of extreme sports games; with stunning graphics, great sound (with the exception of the soundtrack) and overall fantastic gameplay, 1080 Snowboarding is a fantastic game.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 12/18/08, Updated 06/14/10
Game Release: 1080: TenEighty Snowboarding (US, 03/31/98)
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