SSX On Tour Structure of Career Mode

SSX On Tour Structure of Career Mode – Q&A with
Producer Steve Anthony

1. In SSX3
the game was all about conquering all three parts of the mountain. How is the
Career mode different in SSX On Tour than in SSX3?

What we set out to do this
year was to give the player more meaning and purpose to how you progress through
the game.  In order to do so we needed to move away from the “medal and move on”
structure that we have always had and create a new economy for advancing your
player through the game.  This year you advance you player by gaining Hype, the
economy of the career mode.  The more Hype you have the higher you’ll climb on
The Charts, which track your progress once you become an Amateur.  You’ll start
your career by competing in new events called Shred events which are one on one
challenges from the IP characters and others or world based events that
challenge you to show off your mountain skills.  Once you have become an amateur
you’ll be invited onto the Tour where you’ll compete in both slopestyle and race
medal events.  The ultimate goal is to reach #1 on the charts and the top of the
SSX world.

SSX On Tour PS2 screenshots


2. Can you
explain in detail how the shred and medal events work?

Shred events introduce a
whole new variety of events to the player.  Everything from Skidlet Roundup,
where the object is to knock down as many ski school kids as you can in a set
time, to ski patrol shreds, where the object is to outrun the ski patrol.  There
are also more world based events challenging the player to rail “x” meters on a
track or get “x” amount of points in set period of time.  Medal events are the
more traditional events from the past where the player competes in closed track
events for either trick points or the fastest time down the track.  However, we
have added some new structures to the mix so it will feel fresh and new to the
player.  One such structure has you competing for the best time across four
different locations on the mountain and a variety of different terrain so the
player will really need to know the lines to win this one!

3. Does the
game still provide an open, non-event environment? If so, explain. If not, why

The mountain is again the
star of the game this year and we’ve made some technological strides that have
allowed us to improve upon what we had last time out.  Going to a full streaming
system has meant that we have the ability to offer the player a seamless top to
bottom ride.  It has really made a huge difference because there is no longer a
lull in the action as you tear down the slopes.

SSX On Tour PS2 screenshots


4. What
kinds of events, games, and mini-games does the Career mode offer this time

There are too many to list
here but there are over 170 different missions to play in the career mode and
another 70+ through multiplayer so there is a ton of gameplay.

5. What
kinds of modes are there outside of Career Mode, and do they tie in to Career
Mode in any way?

We have both a quick play
and a multiplayer mode that allows you to either get a quick taste the game or
challenge your friends head to head.


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