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Ski or die!

It's hard to believe, but there are a number of ski jumping simulators out on the market, including the popular Ski Jumping franchise. It's a bit of a weird one, as none of the games offer a great deal of variation while the simple act of ski jumping is one is pretty limited and doesn't exactly translate well into long term gameplay. This one is pretty standard for the genre, but unless you're a die hard fan of the sport, you're probably better off with multi-event winter sports games like Salt Lake 2002. Here at least you do have a couple of main modes to choose from, these offering you the chance to play as a manager or a young and coming ski jumper. This one also offers numerous additions over its predecessors, like hundreds of lines of commentary, tweaks to the physics system, a new training mode, sponsorship deals and the option to jump in first person mode, as well as a quiz mode. Apart from these changes, this is very much a standard ski jumper, where you must line yourself up, then hurl yourself down a slope with the simple intention of making it as far as possible. Although there's clearly a lot of effort gone into producing this, it's a bit hard to fathom why anyone would go to the bother of it all. There's a lot of fancy presentation and options to play with, but at the end of the day, the game is really just about skiing down a lot of very similar looking slopes, and little else. The visuals are decent enough, while the whole thing is dripping in atmosphere, but at the end of the day, it's one for specialists only.
Ski jumping 2006 (pc game)
5 out of 5 (1 votes)

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