I’m ranked 27th.
The collision detection is crap at times, appallingly crap. Trying to slide onto a rail sometimes results in a dead stop for no reason whatsoever. Type of board does not matter and I’ve tried this several times. It’s basically an unknown until you try to rail.
Courses such as Between the Sheets are less a track and more an obstacle course where you try and get on the logs and then hope you don’t fall off. So many bends and offshoots it’s impossible to remember.
The opposition – get 500m ahead and then two turns later you are 100m behind and even though you try and try no matter what, this happens.
Pressing Select to reset takes far far far too long.
Pressing Square to rebalance is also random. Sometimes it’s a few presses, sometimes applying a hammer drill to that button would not rescue you even though the animations are the same.
Shortcuts – are not. Hit them really fast and you overshoot the next log/fence/rail. Sometimes. Again seems to be more random than it should be.
Speed – no indication to repeating jumps / tricks is made all the harder. This reduces the game to guesswork and less precision gaming. Bad.
Race / Trick progress. Badly done. No explanation of what is a red slash / white slash / white star / gold star and saving then coming back does not always mean you face the next challenge that you did just before you saved.
Freeride. In SSX3 you could turn off the HUD, head to the top of the mountain and just glide down. Nice touch. In this freeride should be called “Do this a lot because otherwise you will never ever find the shortcuts”. When you are way ahead yet suddenly about to be 7th, you not only do not know where the others will appear from but also how they got to that point. Again, reduces what should be a game to something much less.
Memory card. On the PS2 it takes THREE accesses to the memcard before you can play. THREE! WTF is that all about ffs ?
The ONE redeeming feature is that some tracks (Iron Maiden / Motorhead) are cool.
SSX on Tour – has a LOT less going for it than any other in the series.