is a snowboarding video game
, the second game in the SSX series
. It is so similar to the original SSX
game (with a few new features, including "Über
Tricks") that it has been referred to by many as an "upgrade
". 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
SSX Tricky introduces "Über Tricks," exaggerated tricks that take longer to complete, and often involving detaching the board from the rider's feet. The player gains access to Über tricks after filling the adrenaline bar by doing other non-Über tricks. If the trick is successfully landed, a small clip from Run DMC's "It's Tricky" plays, hence the game's name. Performing six Über tricks earns the player unlimited boost for the remainder of the course.
It is also possible to push down another rider using the right analog stick in the PS2 and Xbox versions, and the C-Stick in the GameCube version, which results in instant filling of the adrenaline bar. The other riders' attitude toward the player (a bar displayed at the end of each race showing in percent how much the other riders hate or like the player), however, will change, causing the attacked character to act more aggressively toward the player in future races.
The game includes a behind-the-scenes "making of" segment, labelled "DVD Content" in the main menu. This was not unlocked by the game at all, simply acting like an extra DVD.
This was the first game in the series to be released on multiple consoles, the original game being exclusive to the PlayStation 2.
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, boards or outfits, 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.
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.
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
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 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.
Six of the eight riders from the original return (Jurgen and Hiro suffered off-season injuries, as is explained on the DVD section, but return in time for SSX 3
) and are joined by six new ones.
- Eddie Wachowski (USA) - voiced by David Arquette- An enthusiastic and humorous player stuck in the seventies
- Elise Riggs (Canada) - voiced by Lucy Liu - A cool, cold competitor with a dangerous reputation
- Marisol Diez Delgado (Venezuela) - voiced by Patricia Velásquez- A dancing diva who does not just own the dance floor
- Seeiah Owens (USA) - voiced by Macy Gray- A suave, hip chick who loves disco
- Luther Dwayne Grady (USA) - voiced by Oliver Platt- A burly, big pudgy guy who has bad habits
- Jean-Paul (JP) Arsenault (France) - voiced by Xavier Fagnon- A "player", who has many "lady friends"
- Moby Jones (UK) - voiced by Nick Malaperiman- A funny biker dude who loves boarding as much as biking
- Psymon Stark (Canada) - voiced by Jim Rose- An interesting guy who has "problems"
- Zoe Payne (USA) - voiced by Bif Naked- A rocker girl who bikes and is "the girl to go"
- Kaori Nishidake (Japan) - voiced by Yuko Nagashima- A cheerful, sunshiny Japanese girl
- Mackensie "Mac" Frasier (USA) - voiced by Ryan Wall (replaced by Martin "Marty" Stieber (Germany), Mac's German cousin, in the PAL version; Marty is voiced by Tobias Pippig)- A "whatever" dude-cool, bored-looking DJ wannabe
- Broderick Ford (Brodi) (USA) - voiced by Billy Zane- A Buddhist snowboarder who's as comfortable on a mountain as he is in the ocean. He is also a staunch environmentalist.
has 10 fictional courses to choose from loosely based around the world and can be unlocked in World Circuit mode. Seven tracks return from the original SSX, accompanied by brand-new Garibaldi and Alaska tracks. The returning tracks contain up to four times as many shortcuts and hidden lines. The fictional courses are as follows:
A soundtrack was released in 2002. It features the following songs:
- "It's Tricky (K-Rec Remix) - Run-D.M.C.
- "Smartbomb (Plump's Vocal Mix)" - BT
- "Finished Symphony" - Hybrid
- "King of the Beats" - Aphrodite
- "Board Burner" - Mixmaster Mike
- "System Overload (the Download)" - Huda Hudia
- "Push" - Plump DJs
- "Song for Dot" - Space Raiders
- "Slayboarder" - Mixmaster Mike and Rahzel
- "Gin and Sin" - John Morgan
- "Shake What Yo' Momma Gave You" - Skank
- "Peaktime" - Rasmus
- "Reality Detached" - The Forth