Have you ever jumped out of a helicopter, sped downhill from one of the tallest mountains in the world and looked exceptionally good while doing so? Well, SSX on PlayStation 3 gives you that chance, without you having to endure years of training - or worry about the dangers of the real thing.
Your goal in SSX is to conquer the nine Deadly Descents - a series of the most perilous peaks in the world. An arrogant thrill-seeker called Griff needs to be put in his place and Team SSX are the ones to do it, with you at the helm. Taking control of each member of the team, use their unique skills to defeat Griff and survive the Deadly Descents.
It's not an easy task, so SSX gives you plenty of training to help you get to grips with the snow. Learning how to carve, jump and grind is a pleasure, and the game ensures you're never far from a fresh challenge. Whether you're racing to the finish line against three opponents or trying to out-trick a rival for a high score, there's always something to keep you guessing. You can even take a daring leap into free fall and deploy a wingsuit to perform incredible stunts in mid-air.
While you're defying gravity in any of SSX's events, you have the chance to string tricks together to increase your Tricky meter, which can give you a speed boost. However, if you build it up to maximum, it unlocks your character's special moves and turns them into a spectacular explosion of stunts and tricks guaranteed to earn you massive points - providing you don't crash. How you choose to use this meter can be the difference between winning your event and floundering in the snow.
As challenging as SSX is, it pays to keep grinding with it. The rewarding events allow you to keep any XP you gain from failed missions, so you can purchase better equipment such as new boards and survival gear from the in-game shop.
Make sure you pay attention to the gameplay tips during the loading screens, and also keep an ear open for the commentator, who offers valuable navigation tips during your descent. Don't forget that you have a limited number of rewind attempts as well, meaning you can correct any fatal errors and immediately learn from them. The snow is waiting for you - are you up to the downhill danger?