Today I am checking out SnowCross. One of the strangest things about this game is its name! It referred to as SnowCross, Wanadoo SnowCross, and even Polaris SnoCross. From what I understand the PC version I am checking out today was released a little later and is a budget version of the Polaris version which was released on console back in the late 90s. Anyway, I love riding stuff in the snow, so this was a game I was interested enough in to checkout.
The Snowmobile Monster!
The point of this game is to take part in snowmobile races. These snowmobiles are pretty cool and I did a little bit of digging on this game and I can tell you that the PC version of SnowCross I have played looks way better than the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation version of the game that was released a few years earlier.
Three Ways To Play
When you fire up SnowCross, you are given three ways to play the game. You can take part in a single event which is where you pick your snowmobile and track. You can also pick how many laps, the weather and also the time of day. Instant Event just throws you into a random race and the Tournament Mode lets you play a tournament which will unlock more tracks for you to play within the other two modes. For a game that was released two decades ago, it is pretty much what you would expect in terms of game modes.
Stay On The Track!
The tracks look pretty cool with the Yukon Village one being my personal favorite. Controlling your snowmobile is really hard and the controls take a while to get used to. They have a really slippery feel to them and you take corners way sharper than you would think. The problem is the AI does not hold back and if you make a mistake, they can zoom past you and you will have a hard time getting back in the hunt. This does not make SnowCross a bad game at all. Once I got the hang of the controls, I was having a bit more fun. While I would not say that this is a bad game, I must admit that it is not exactly an exciting one either.
I am not sure that SnowCross is the kind of game that I would recommend. It is a very basic kind of racing game in pretty much every aspect of it. I am sure that many people who try this out will have one or two races and just get sick of the controls and decide to just turn the game off rather than sticking with it. While I do not think this is a flat out “bad game” I will say that if you do not like the way it controls or plays, in general, there is not really enough here for me to tell you to stick with it.
- There are different snowmobiles to race on
- I liked the look of most of the tracks
- You can tinker with weather effects
- You can unlock new tracks as you play tournaments
- Might be cool if you are into snowmobiles
- The game is just rather uninspired all around
- The driving controls take a long time to get the hang of
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
For those still ignorant ot the shoulder-shrugging thrills of X-Team Racing ('The best ski-doo game the PC has ever seen!'), it seems like there's competition squeezing itself into that bloated market of motorbikes with planks on. And y'know (not that anyone cares), if you think I marked that first game a little too high at 64 per cent (and sometimes jerk awake after a hectic day lying on the sofa thinking some validation was needed), then here's your validation. Hooray for that.
It's guilty of having the worst catch-up system around. Knock someone off their bike and they'll be back on your tail - and probably overtaking you - scant seconds later. Fall off yourself, or fall victim to your vehicle's poor handling and you'll find yourself near the back quicker than you'll find Posh Spice's new album in the discount barrel. And still able to get to the front in record time.
Start the game and, even in single-race mode, you only get three courses to race on. To unlock the others, you have to win tournaments. And the desire to win tournaments quickly flags when you realise how uninspired the courses are. Despite the different routes, it's a flaccid, finger-constantly-on-accelerate kind of racing game that doesn't even deserve the effort of looking at the back of the box in the shop. If you only buy one abnormally average ski-doo game this year, buy X-Team Racing. If you buy two, you're an idiot.