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Full Amped 2 Details!

"Amped 2" Fact Sheet May 2003 Title: "AmpedTM 2" Publisher: Microsoft® Game Studios Developer: Microsoft Game Studios Brand: XSN Sports Format: DVD for the Xbox® video game system, Xbox LiveTM-enabled Pricing: $49.99 (U.S.) estimated retail price Availability: Holiday 2003 Product Overview: "Amped 2," part of the new XSN SportsTM brand, is the ultimate freestyle snowboarding experience offering gamers an expanded library of tricks and a smooth new "tricking" style. Gamers can explore vast areas of wide-open, spectacularly rendered mountains packed with terrain parks designed by world-famous snow park architect Chris Gunnarson. They can play head to head with friends to compare skills or challenge up to seven others in various multiplayer modes. Utilizing revolutionary new Web-based technology, riders can easily organize their own triple crown from a centralized Web site,, that pulls the information from Xbox Live. When ready to take it to the next level, they can connect to Xbox Live to check rankings and challenge the world’s best virtual riders. Gamers can feel what it’s like to live the life of a real pro snowboarder. They can travel the globe and pull sick tricks in front of sponsors, photographers and fans. They can build their fame and get photos and demo reels placed in the latest virtual snowboard magazine or video. They can climb to the top ranks of the sport and become a media superstar. And they can do all of this to the sounds of more than 300 killer alt-indie tracks. Key Features: XSN Sports. XSN Sports is the first lineup of Xbox games where sports fans compete beyond the game. For the first time ever, gamers can challenge real people, create their own leagues and build their own rivalries. XSN Sports is the breakthrough sports fans have been waiting for. is the Web-based service that links a gamer’s Xbox console, Xbox Live, PC and cell phone together for the first time ever. "Amped 2" fans will now be able to organize their own triple crown championships from a centralized Web site, and Xbox Live will automatically broadcast up-to-date standings to any Web-based device. A new way to ride with style, aka "steez." Snowboarders can attack the mountain aggressively, combo tricks together or spin like crazy to earn big points. Or they can take a smoother approach, getting big points for pulling tricks with "steez," like perfectly timed tweaks, slow rotations or dialed balance on rails. This is how the real pros do it, and "Amped 2" lets gamers enjoy the feeling of riding their own way. So riders can combo or spin like crazy, ride smooth and stylish, or master both to find the perfect combination. The gamers decide how to ride to win, instead of following a set of rules ... and that’s what freestyle is all about. Multiple multiplayer modes. Whether via split-screen, LAN or Xbox Live, "Amped 2" offers many multiplayer challenges, both individual and team-based. Gamers can go head-to-head with a buddy, challenge up to seven others in a game of HORSE, or play a game of four-on-four "King of the Mountain" in which each team tries to pull the sickest tricks on different rails and ramps on a run. A worldwide nation of snowboarders via Xbox Live. Who’s got bragging rights? Now gamers will be able to find out by challenging riders around the globe to see who’s the best. Gamers can track stats and check regional and worldwide ladders to see rankings. They can trade replays with friends or download new content including mountains, gear, challenges and music. A whole new bag of tricks. "Amped 2" takes all the moves from "Amped" and adds new aerial tricks, advanced grabs, a full set of styled-out rail slides, tweaks, stalls, and hand and foot plants, and introduces "butter," the center of a new combo system that allows nose and tail manuals to link tricks together. And a tutorial has been added to teach first-timers the basics of freestyle riding. Deeper career and portfolio. Gamers now have more opportunities to impress the locals and members of the press with three levels of media challenges: photos, photo sequences and video demo reels. As fame builds, sponsors award gamers new gear and boards, and mountainside banners appear displaying new endorsements won. The ultimate snowboarding environments. "Amped 2" goes global with the addition of new mountains including Laax, Switzerland, Mt. Buller in Australia, and Harris Mountain, a heli-skiing mountain in New Zealand. Fully rendered 3-D environments bring the mountains alive. Clouds cast shadows that move over the hills, and the runs teem with ambient life and sounds, including other riders, snow cats, chairlift riders and working snow machines. Professional snow park design. World-renowned terrain park designer Chris "Gunny" Gunnarson lends his expertise again exclusively to the "Amped 2" park design, improving trick placement, adding more objects that tricks can be performed on, and doubling the size of many jumps to make it easier to land in transition. More than 300 core indie tracks. Gamers can ride to the sound of their own tracks but may never feel the need with a library of more than 300 original cuts to listen to from the latest up-and-coming indie artists. Greater character customization. Gamers can create and customize their own rider including hair style, gear and customized board graphics, and even select a personality that will come to life as he or she rides. Fourteen of the top pros. "Amped 2" features 14 top pros including Jeremy Jones, Mikey LeBlanc, Travis Parker and Janna Meyen.

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