I remember seeing the preview for Steep when it first came out a few years ago. It was a mix between all the things I loved from watching the X-Games, the Olympics, and injected it with an IV shot of Redbull. Fun, frenetic, and very fast-paced; I knew that I had to get my hands on it. I mean, can anyone else remember just how much fun it was to play Cool Boarders back in the day? Steep looked just like it, but with the inclusion of skiing, wing suits, racer sleds, and parachuting! Anywho, I slept on the game for a while as the price point rarely ever gets below $30 bucks, even used. Yes, you can find the basic version for $20 but I wanted to expansions included with the release so that I could eventually extend my game play. FINALLY, on Black Friday this year, I stumbled across a copy for $14 dollars at my local Target and I knew I had to snatch it up!
Let me just tell you, it was worth the wait.
Going through the tutorial, I already had a rush of adrenaline coursing through my veins. You’re taught how you will explore different mountains using a variety of the before-mentioned sporting devices. You can tackle the mountain almost any way you want, while exploring new places to drop a ‘line’ or challenge.
For example: You are at the top of a mountain, your snowboard on your back, and you’re about to shred the party powder. Before you do it though, you pull out your binoculars and scope out a drop point in the distance. You mark the spot on your map, go down your hill, and afterwards you can explore that new spot be it by parachuting around, flying down the hill on a wing suit, or just taking your time skiing. The options are almost endless on how you’d like to take on the challenges and each way you decide, adds a different element of fun to the experience. Nothing could be more fun than jumping off a mountain on a wingsuit and narrowly missing the rocks and trees surrounding you at pulse-pounding speeds.
This isn’t a game I need to grind out like Monster Hunter, it’s not so much to unpack that my brain slowly unravels myself at the possibilities like Red Dead Redemption 2; but it is gorgeous and it is a ton of fun. I recommend picking up the Winter Olympics expansion as you can make your way to the Olympics with different challenges aside from the main game. Also, stop and take out your in-game camera every once in a while. It’s a beautiful world out there and its fantastic to see the images that yourself, or others via online connection, can create.
Brewelist Rating: 9/10
Style: Sports Sim
Price (List): $19.99-$29.99
Where to get it: PS4, Xbox, Steam
Developer: Ubisoft Annecy
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