This month, pure-play snowboarding is back with Shredders, which drops straight onto Xbox Game Pass and PC this week (March 17). Created with a “by riders, for riders” ethos by European indie studio FoamPunch, the experience aims to bring back those memory-making outings of yesteryear with simplicity at its core. It might not be perfect, and it may stumble out of the blocks, but Shredders is one of the most fitting additions to Game Pass in recent memory: a compelling, zen-like escapade that players can dip in and out of with ease, and one that builds on the work of its predecessors to offer something fresh, fulfilling, and frightfully fun, even if it can lack depth.
The good news is that the majority of the game’s shortcomings can be overlooked when you see what’s good about it. The game is entirely open-ended, with single-player and online modes, and has a horde of crazy abilities that players can use to their advantage.
“— The ability to add your own music to the game and change the sound effects to suit your fancy. ” — New feature: Open-ended levels. You can create an unlimited number of levels, and you can officially name them! — New feature: You can create your own character. You can create your own voice, choose from a huge selection of poses, and add your own effects! — New feature: You can view and download your game data from the Xbox Live Marketplace. This includes what’s on your game disc and how you feel in the game. — New feature: You can now create an unlimited number of saves. This will make it easier to backup and share your progress with friends. — New feature: You can now purchase custom skins for your characters. — New feature: You can now view and download your game data from the Microsoft Store. This includes what’s on your game disc and how you feel in the game.
And finally, here’s one of the game’s most impactful gameplay changes: the introduction of “train responsibly” as a mandatory police activity. Now, we’re all for encouraging responsible snowboarding, but when you’re doing it for the right thing, well, this just makes things more fun. Yes, you can still opt-out of the program at any time, but doing so will result in a 30-second penalty.
And here comes another one of the studio’s most impactful changes: you can now train your puck skills with the in-game puck machine. You can choose from a variety of patterns, shooting techniques, and to freeze the shot.
The art direction for this month’s release is nothing short of masterful. The art style of the game is stunning, and the path to victory is exciting, but beyond that, the graphics have something else about them that really sets Shredders apart.
One of the most impactful changes in Shredders is the addition of “The Perfect Game,” an all-new, immersive, and emotionally-rich mode that offers a unique perspective on snowboarding. The Perfect Game was created with top-down logic and features stunning 3D models of real snowboarders, as well as high-res visual effects. The mode is purely multiplayer, so there’s no waiting in line at the shop, no worrying about whether or not your shot goes in the right direction.
And finally, the studio has created a new, fun, and highly addictive mode called “Shred For Fun” that will give players exactly what they want: a rush of adrenaline and a blast from the onset. This mode is just for Pro players, though, and is meant to be completed in one sitting, without break. It has seven different modes, including “Push” and “igr,” where you have to push yourself to finish a race or finish a contest.
The best thing to do with an unlimited supply of snow is to drive it to your heart. And as it turns out, that’s exactly what snowboarding is about: racing against the time against the clock to get your answer right, with only your edit and the lives of those around you as your challenge. If you love snowboarding and want more, this month’s game is the one to try. Even if you don’t do snowboarding regularly, it’s a great introduction to the sport and what it’s all about. If you need more motivation, look no further. The best thing to do with an unlimited supply of snow is to drive it to your heart. And as it turns out, that’s exactly what snowboarding is about: racing against time to get your answer right, with only your edit and the lives of those around you as your challenge. If you love snowboarding and want more, this month’s game is the one to try. Even if you don’t do snowboarding regularly, it’s a great introduction to the sport and what it’s all about.