It’s been a long time since there’s been a real extreme sports game. Ubisoft unveiled Steep at E3 this year in a bit of a surprise, so now that it’s finally here how does it hold up?
How Many Parachutes Do You Have?
Steep is a sandbox set in the alps that pits a player against a massive mountain range with a whole bunch of cool shit to do. Players can swap between 4 different sports; snowboarding, skiing, parasailing, and wingsuiting. The sheer scope of the game’s map is impressive to say the least and is full of interesting secrets and surprises. While skiing and snowboarding are pretty self explanatory, wingsuiting is hype shit though. Parasailing is pretty boring though. Let’s just say there’s a lot of parachutes involved.
So What is it About?
Good question. I don’t know. There’s the usual storyline about becoming the very best at something, but the game itself has no real point. Ubisoft have been banging the frying pan about how this game is a unique experience to be played as you see fit, but really Steep is a collection of time trials and checkpoint races. There’s a lot of them, and they’re fun, but that’s about it really. Roaming around the world and making your own lines is fun and interesting, but it feels like Ubisoft finished the engine and then just said “Fuck it”.
Tony Hawk This is Not.
As cool as the tricks look in this game, pulling them off can be a chore. The game favors a trick system that is all about spins and flips using the right analog stick. However it’s almost impossible to control and just seems to boil down to moving the stick randomly and hoping for the best. Jumps have to be executed before you’d think they do, which results in a lot of missed jumps. Tricks look fly as hell when they work, but the trick system ensures you won’t have a level of control that you’d expect.
Should You Care?
Yesssssssss maybe? Steep is a lot of fun. It looks stunningly good and has ridiculously good snow physics. Flying down the mountain on a board or threading the needle through rock formations in the wingsuit, the game is God damn fun. A little more time in the oven, some actual story, or more meaningful content would have done Steep wonders. Is it $80 good? I don’t think so. Is it $40 good? Absolutely. If you’re a fan of the genre, Steep is a must play, just not for full price.