Graphics - 83%
Audio - 74%
Gameplay - 81%
Replayability - 77%
Snowboarding returns to consoles with Steep but instead of just Snowboarding getting people to buy the game, now there is also skiing, wingsuit flying and paragliding. The game is completely open world leave the peaks open for you to discover.
Ubisoft Annecy developed the game and has some great experience in multiplayer modes. Steep is designed to be online so it cannot be played offline, even if you want to just ski by yourself, you still need that internet line connected. As we have stated a few times before, this can be a problem in SA but it is becoming less of an issue with Fibre growing and more options available to the end user. Data costs are still high though and a lot of South Africans still watch data usage with a magnifying glass.
That being said the game work well, even with it needing to be online the whole time. The game was actually inspired by Ubisoft Paris needing to use different transport methods like paragliding for the upcoming game Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands.
I was really happy to get a Snowboarding game again for the console as it brings back memories of SSX. The game doesn’t have the arcade type feel that SSX had but more of a realism and they focus on having the player decide how they want to play the game.
According to Ubisoft, there are four ways to play the game. The Explorer style – Players who want to explore the world to discover new challenges and locations. The Freestyler style – Focuses on tricks’ precision and accuracy. The Bone Collector style – Rewards players for performing ridiculous stunts and crashing. The last playstyle, Freerider, is a mix of all the three styles, here players would be rewarded if they explore the world, perform accurate tricks and take risks to perform dangerous stunts.
You might be thrown off in the beginning, being bombarded with things to do and task to complete but as you settle in and get used to the way you want to play, the game works. For some it might be to open and they would strive for some more structure but it has something for everyone to enjoy.
The environment looks amazing and you can get lost looking at the views, while actually searching for new location spots with your binoculars. You can enjoy any style at any time in the game by just using a menu wheel. You can also switch to a map view (Mountain View) at any time, here you can see your path travelled, plan where to go to next or travel to a drop zone (Fast Travel).
As you progress in the game and level up, you will unlock gear or earn cash to buy some. You can also check out your replays to improve on your gameplay or pause to take an Awesome screenshot or even share online.
It is an online world and you will see people pop in and out of the mountain, you can challenge other players, just have a ski together or ignore them all the same.
Steep is a great game, it might not work for everyone but is a fantastic Snowboarding or Extreme Sport option to have available on consoles.
Reviewed on: PS4
Available on: PS4, Xbox One
Age Rating: 3 PG
Estimated RRP: R949
Release Date: 2 December 2016
- Breathtaking Environment
- Open World
- Can lack some structure