While many aspects of a game can be reviewed objectivly it is still mostly a subjective arena. I would say that close to 70% of the time I agree with the ratings in Game Informer. I am not a person to complain that this or that should get a better rating because my subjective experiance was better than (insert various GI "editors") This was definatly the case for me with SSX. As a long time fan of the games it felt like a good progression. It has always been about over the top tricks and more arcade than a true snowboarding game; I always felt it accesssable to casual gamers as well as challanging enough for those of us who have been around for a long time. GI did give it a rating that could imply that those who have been with it may very well love it though others may not have it in the to start playing it now