Imagine this: a PlayStation 3 snowboarding game with insanely realistic graphics and intuitive controls. Then throw in some characters, some creative courses and release it on the PlayStation Network at a budget price point. It sounds pretty incredible doesn't it? Yes, it would be but really that's just a pipedream and instead Sony has released Feel Ski for the PlayStation Network, at a price that's sure to have a few heads turning.
As soon as you turn on Feel Ski, the game feels basic. There are two courses to choose from and that's about it. Feel Ski includes some basic online play, you can upload your time at the end of a run or you can race against three other skiiers, good luck finding them though. When you're about to race you can customise some basic things such as what your skiier is wearing, but you'll probably just want to get into the game, whoa what a mistake that is.
The main hook in Feel Ski is the controls. The game utilises the Sixaxis exclusively except for the menus. Everything in game is controlled with the Sixaxis, so movement and tricks all have to be done with the Sixaxis (there is no option to turn this off either, so tough luck). Turning is pretty easy, with the player only needing to tilt the controller a little to turn but jumping and using your poles is incredibly difficult. This brings us to the tricks. Tricks are done quite simply by using the controller, although at times you won't be allowed to do tricks, why? We don't know really, guess you're in a no trick zone. Performing a trick isn't easy though and you'll need to be quick to pull one off successfully.
The other thing which lets down Feel Ski is the fact that the game is just quite simply boring. Sure, after half an hour you'll get used to the controls and you'll be racing, but then you'll just wonder why you're bothering. There have been plenty of other good skiing games released that are far more entertaining and aren't so bare-bones. Visually the game looks like a PlayStation 2 title as well, at best. In fact SSX3 with its higher mountain is a lot better looking than the basic Feel Ski.
For $5.00 or so, Feel Ski may have been worth a download, at least for the novelty. But for absolutely no reason, the game is $13.45 in Australia, which is about three times more than it is in America. With such a fantastic exchange rate we would have expected the game to be available at a much lower pricepoint, but Feel Ski is just a ripoff at $13.45.
Overall Feel Ski is an easy game to recommend players to steer clear of. By increasing the price for Australia, Sony has given us another reason to dislike Feel Ski, as if the poor controls and basic bare bones presentation aren't bad enough. If you really cannot wait to play a skiing game, find SSX: On Tour cheap but whatever you do, don't purchase Feel Ski.