I have played all of the SSX games from the beginning (Minus the Wii title) This game takes the best of On Tour and jacks up your options of play. Giving you 9 areas surrounding a theme of extreme snowboarding. i.e. trees , Wing suits , Ice axes , Rocks ,Thin air ect. Its probably the most you can stuff into this game and give a extreme amount of challenge. But as the reviewer states for GI the survive it stages put the theme to the extreme. but minus one challenge. All you need to do is make it to the bottom alive to win. Minus the Whiteout race. If you take your time you will survive every time. I found this game challenging without being frustrating and alot of fun. All the extreme tricks from previous games with some new twists for old schoolers. If you love the SSX series this one wont let you down.