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1-4 Players Vibration Function Compatible Analog Control Compatible New Tricks 30 New CoursesAmazon.com If 13-year-old Shaun White can ride with the big guys in the professional snowboarding circuit, then certainly you can master a snowboarding game simulation. Right? For the first time in the Cool Boarder series, PlayStation owners can challenge the likes of Mr. White and 15 other pro riders who have been digitally re-created for the game. Add eight new tricks (such as hand plants in the half pipe) and a complete build-a-rider mode (which allows you to create your own snowy superstar), and you've pretty much summed up the major differences between Cool Boarders 3 and Cool Boarders 4. One of the coolest new effects in the game is that riders now sink into deep powder instead of skating right over it. A signature of the series is the ability to throw punches at other riders during races, but players can choose to turn that feature off for a cleaner challenge. Players who were gaga over Cool Boarders 3 will be pleased with the enhancements in this game. But with gameplay that is essentially the same as its predecessor, gamers looking for a unique thrill may wish to carve a turn and look elsewhere. --Jeff YoungPros: 16 real pro snowboarders, 30 new courses, and nine board manufacturers add to realism Customized athletic ability, clothing, and board Cons: Fourth incarnation of game not exactly fresh Product description Game is Brand New! Factory Sealed! Greatest Hits Version. Review Fans of the first two Cool Boarders learned the lesson that a better-looking game doesn't always mean a better game when Cool Boarders 3 was released with inferior controls. Cool Boarders 4, thankfully, doesn't have nearly as many control problems as the previous game, resulting in a much better overall experience. Of course, new options and features are added to any new game iteration. New to the series this year is the ability to create your own boarder and board. The create-a-rider feature lets you alter his height, weight, and clothing color. The board editor mode lets you pick from several designs and change the color to suit your liking. More importantly, you are given the option to tweak the board to give it a higher top speed, more stability, and greater response. All three of these settings are important, depending on what type of event you are competing in. Also new this time around is the inclusion of 16 real-life professional boarders, like Jason Brown and Jim Rippey. At the game's outset, only a few are available, but every time you win a tournament you'll unlock more riders. There are five mountains to master, and they are located across the globe, from Colorado to Japan. Each mountain has five events to master. Downhill is a simple race against three other boarders. CBX is another type of race in which you must navigate through slalom-type gates. Slope style is a downhill event filled with various jumps and objects to jump off and rail slide on. Big air is one big jump that sends you soaring. While you're in the air you try to execute as many tricks as possible before the ground comes rushing up. The half pipe is self-explanatory. Each mountain also has a special event that opens up after you've beaten it on the pro difficulty setting. Cool Boarders 4 controls and feels much tighter and much more in tune with Cool Boarders 2 than Cool Boarders 3 did. Pulling off multiple grabs while spinning and flipping through the air feels and looks so much more natural than before. The responsive controls make it easy to execute moves directly after carving hard up the side of the half pipe and letting go of the jump button. Visually, Cool Boarders 4 is on par with last year's title. The boarders move and look very realistic, whether they're twirling through the air pulling off grabs or just leisurely coming off the mountain. The courses and environment are all fairly detailed. The snow itself has lines and marks and uneven patches on it, giving it a realistic texture. You'll even find patches of deep powder if you
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