STAFF REVIEW of Dark Summit (Xbox)


Thursday, December 13, 2001.
by Stephen Cameron

Dark Summit Box art Overall, this game is a lot of fun to play, period. I started with the normal practice missions, then slowly worked my way to ?trying? to complete the missions. Well, let me tell you it not that easy. The game has a few ?unique? missions, like knock the turkey off the picnic table (don?t ask), and hard task of pull off some sick combo tricks. It is a unique approach to the snowboarding genre, but the need to be ?this? original is tad far fetched. Aside from it small shortcomings Dark Summit is a fantastic game. Nice sounds, great graphics and relatively easy controls to jump into the game right away, and very addicting. I had a hard time pulling off the crazy tricks that they were asking, and I did not get into the game to unlock everything. However, I am putting my snowboard gaming abilities aside. Nice game.


The controls at first are easy to get used to, but in order to pull of the big-ass sick tricks you will need to whip out the booklet for those, and then you have to take your shoes off and get your toes to get some extra button action going. I am not coming down on the game, but the massive cool combo tricks are a little too hard to pull off, especially a few of them within the missions. To do the easy tricks, they are easy as pie, and a pile of fun! Now for the mountain itself, the whole idea of putting green and red glowing goo pits on the mountainside, it seems a little out of context to me and those land mines. I can see what the developers ?tried? to do, a creative and different snowboarding experience. That?s exactly what they did, but if you are a hardcore snowboard gamer this title might seem a little weird for you, and if you want a simple and realistic mountainside, and not have a few green goo pits in your way. This game would not be for you, but for the non-avid snowboarder gamer like me, it rocks.


What can I say ?!?! I love a game with good graphics, and good use of the Xbox?s power, this game does exactly that. Dark Summit looks sweet, period. The lighting is excellent; the models look fantastic, and even the turkey on the picnic table looks real. THQ paid close attention to details here. The frame-rate is (in my opinion) going at least at a nice 30-40 frames per second, in which this type of game really benefits from. Two thumbs up for the graphics!


You people have to remember I am playing these Xbox games on a Sony Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound system (complete with a woofer box), so the sound had better be good. Dark Summit?s gameplay music gets old fast, it is creepy and all, but not very exciting. I had to turn it off after a while. The sound effects are very nice; they hold their own going down the hill. Overall sound effects are good, but the music is bad.


Suggestions:
Loose the goo pits and the land mines. And a sequel would be welcomed.


Overall: 8.0 / 10
Gameplay: 8.0 / 10
Visuals: 9.0 / 10
Sound: 5.0 / 10

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