trending / - - - - - - - - -

trending / playstation 4 - ni no kuni - halo - wii u - bungie interview - ces top picks - radeon hd 7850 - woods pga tour

Steep Preview: Moves Like Shinobin

/ Sep 29th, 2016 No Comments

Steep Preview

Sports games mostly appeal to a specific market, but extreme sports games have the ability to bridge the gap between fans of the sport and fans of video gams. SSX, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, and Snowboard Kids have done a good job of engaging non-sports fans. Steep, an open-world extreme sports game from Ubisoft, feels like it will continue this trend.

One of the most surprising announcements at E3 2016, Steep takes players across the Alps with four different sports: skiing, snowboarding, wingsuit flying, and paragliding. At any given time during the game, players can switch between each sport and tackle challenges on the snow or in the air.

I got a chance to play the game’s snowboarding, skiing and wingsuit flying gameplay.

Freefalling

Handling and controls feel great in Steep’s snowboarding. However, pulling off sick tricks takes some learning. Like real snowboarding, once you get the hang of it, you’ll be upping your score and attempting riskier moves.

It is much more difficult to pull off stunt moves while skiing than it is while snowboarding, which makes sense — how often do you see skiers grinding and twisting through halfpipes? Overall, snowboarding and skiing feel exactly as you’d expect in Steep.
 

Steep Preview

Skiing is much tougher than snowboarding.

Snowboarding and skiing are cool, but wingsuit flying sets Steep apart from previous extreme sports titles. There is an intense surge of adrenaline when you drop down and start gliding across the sky. The challenge I played involved getting as close to the ground as possible without hitting the rocky mountain terrain or crashing into the snow below.

It was exhilarating to glide and fit through tight spaces knowing that at any moment a single false move could mean a meaty splatter against the Alps. Ever since Far Cry 3 introduced the wingsuit, I’ve been waiting for Ubisoft to make good on that experience. Steep delivers the same heart-pounding action, but with a more focused goal.
 

Steep Preview

Flip on that GoPro mode if you want to feel sick!

While the environment is open world, you won’t have to tread across mountains in order to get to your destination. You can zoom out on the map and select a specific challenge to drop into. The game is designed for players to start on one side of the mountain and continue across it by going from one challenge to the next.

There are a bunch of different cameras to use as you traverse through the Alps. There is a free cam, fixed cam and a GoPro mode. Be aware that the GoPro view will make you feel disoriented and possibly like vomiting, which honestly is probably close to the feeling you’d get actually doing any of these sports.

Ain’t No Brakes

Steep was a lot of fun. There is an addictive quality to the challenges. You continually want to improve your score try to go for higher marks. Thankfully, a quick retry button is at the ready in case you screw up and need to go for gold fast.
 

Steep Preview

Wingsuit flying is exhilarating.

While Steep is no Snowboard Kids 2, it does fill the extreme sports niche that has been missing in video games. The look of the Alps is mesmerizing, even if you’re falling infinitely down that tasty powder.

Even if Steep doesn’t sound like the type of game you’d normally try, the open-world feel and intuitive gameplay may make it worth venturing out of your comfort zone.

Steep releases for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on Dec. 2.

 

Kalvin Martinez

Kalvin Martinez

Senior Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Kalvin Martinez studied Creative Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He writes reviews, prose and filthy limericks. While he is Orange County born, he now resides in Portland, OR. He is still wondering what it would be like to work at a real police department. Follow Kalvin on Twitter @freepartysubs
Kalvin Martinez

Latest posts by Kalvin Martinez (see all)

tags: , , ,

Related Posts

Far Cry 5 Release Date Delayed

Dec 7th, 2017No Comments

Assassins Creed Black Flag

Ubisoft Offering World in Conflict, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Free

Dec 5th, 2017No Comments

Assassin's Creed Origins

Assassin’s Creed Origins Gets New Modes in December Update

Dec 1st, 2017No Comments

Indivisible Preview

Indivisible Preview: Straight Jab

Nov 21st, 2017No Comments

Top Articles

bestjett buyeww 3453469691 link


besttrew buyhfgh 3453469691 link


bestavbe buydfgss 3453469691 link


bestjett buyeww 4754122869 link


besttrew buyhfgh 4754122869 link


bestavbe buydfgss 4754122869 link


bestjett buyeww 5481713156 link


besttrew buyhfgh 5481713156 link


bestavbe buydfgss 5481713156 link


bestjett buyeww 1793550460 link


besttrew buyhfgh 1793550460 link


bestavbe buydfgss 1793550460 link


bestjett buyeww 8409586820 link


besttrew buyhfgh 8409586820 link


bestavbe buydfgss 8409586820 link