Steep - PS4

Also known as: Steep: Gold Edition

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Requires: Network features
Also for: Switch, Xbox One, PC
Viewed: 3D Third-person, over the shoulder Genre:
Sport: Snowboarding
Media: Blu-Ray Arcade origin:No
Developer: Ubisoft Annecy Soft. Co.: Ubisoft
Publishers: Ubisoft (GB/GB)
Released: 2 Dec 2016 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 12+
Connectivity: Network play


Tired of waiting for Electronic Arts to get around to releasing a new SSX game? Don't worry, Ubisoft has you covered. Although, to be fair comparisons to SSX arguably sell Steep a little short. The game isn't limited to snowboarding. It also incorporates skiing, wingsuit flying and paragliding. Heck, you can even walk if you fancy slowing things down and taking in the scenery.

This isn't Ubisoft's first crack at snowboarding. A good run with the Shaun White franchise springs to mind. In the case of Steep, however, Ubisoft has taken that experience and married it to the thing it arguably does best - creating huge open worlds for players to explore. There are massive environments in Alaska and Europe for players to explore however they see fit. The game has been created to really give you as many ways as possible to play, with a 'sports wheel' that can be opened to enable you to transition between activities on the fly. So if you're skiing but you see a cliff ahead that really deserves to be flown from, you can transition to paragliding in one smooth moment. In this way you can explore the mountains, discovering hidden spots and fresh lines.

Of course, you're not just left to wander at random - there are specific challenges set for each sport, including the likes of Big Air, Proximity Flying, or Forest Slaloms.

You can easily share all this with your mates, too. Seamless multiplayer allows you to meet others while you play, and you can challenge friends to beat your personal records, scores and lines. If you pull off something amazing, you can even create and share videos of your most awesome lines!