Monday, February 20, 2017

Steep Review (Playstation 4)

Explore the beauty of Alps GTA style


Game Title: Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters Daybreak: Special Gigs
Genre: Strategy
Developer: Ubisoft Annecy
Publisher: Ubisoft
Also Available On: Xbox One, Windows PC and Switch




I remember playing SSX Tricky, a snowboarding game, on my NGAGE 12 years ago, Comparing that to the graphics of today's games specially of Steep. I am happy to be a part of a generation where I see the evolution of graphics in gaming. The game is so detailed it feels like you're not playing a video game. Everything feels so real and feels your there. The game has this GO Pro mode where you can play the game on a GO Pro view which adds more to that realism. It feels like Steep is built to test the capability of game consoles, TV's or PC video cards. It's so damn beautiful. The wave of snows, the tracks you leave behind and when you fall on the snow is so flawless and detailed.




If you’re a fan of open world and online games, then you'll enjoy this game more. You are free to roam around the Alps and explore the whole mountain. There's a shortcut button to get you back instantly and explore other mountains and a quick button to retry a track, which for sure will use A LOT.

Since this is an online game as well, you’ll see other people that is doing the challenge or track that you are on. You can see them prep, or snowboarding beside you. You can race with the peeps you encounter along the way. There're tons of customization


The Sports
Steep is not just about snowboarding. It has four sports, Snowboarding, Para gliding, Skiing, and wing suit flying. I enjoy watching guys on Red Bull suits wing suit flying on YouTube and was surprised how well it goes in a game. Wing Suit flying is so much fun on Steep and there are challenges, race and trick tracks that you can play. You can record you stunt and watch the replay. You may use all sports on each mountain, since this is an open world, but each mountain has challenges specific only for a particular sport. You'll need to earn specific points and times to unlock other mountains so you'll be playing the tracks multiple times.




Steep controls
The realism on the game is so real that doing tricks in game is a bit difficult. Controls are hit and miss and I am having difficulty doing tricks. The environments do not have marks where you can jump off or do tricks the snowy environments add up to that pain. Exact timing is needed and most of the time you'll have to play with gravity when performing tricks. It's a bit of a chore once you reached those levels with difficult environments. You need a lot of patience on this game and thankfully, holding the triangle button will restart you to the last checkpoint.




Overall
Steep gives us a wonderful open-world-extreme-sport game but not a game that you'll play around for a long time.



Pros

  • Great Visuals
  • Open world experience
  • Para gliding

Cons
  • Few Tricks 
  • Gets boring after a while


Score: 
3.5/5 


Review was written by JM Nuqui