The great fall
Steep, in its concept, is simple - adventure sports on snow clad mountains
Steep, in its concept, is simple - adventure sports on snow clad mountains. It follows a very Ubisoft structure where you go around completing challenges across a huge open world playground. Considering walking, paragliding, wingsuit, skiing and snowboarding are your only options to get around, we are glad we were allowed to click around the map to reach summits and take part in challenges.
Steep will definitely wow you in the first couple of hours of gameplay. It looks gorgeous and the different gear modes are easy to control. It may seem daunting, but it’s easy to handle the snowboard and even easier to perform tricks. Skiing is simple, too, thanks to its responsive arcade-like controls. The Wingsuit is probably the most brilliant of the lot. The paragliding controls, in an effort to make them manoeuvrable, has made it more difficult to just enjoy the ride - something you can just do with every other mode. It isn’t like the concept of paragliding doesn’t work. A bunch of us have spent hours paragliding in GTA V, but its zen-like experience is not replicated well in Steep. Even though the environment is bang on, the controls fail it.
Though similar to other games from the Ubisoft stable, Steep follows a different path from the other extreme winter sport games out there, which is a good thing. It helps the game stand out and some bits like the first person view in a wingsuit are just fabulous. The game also has some amazing social media integration that lets you share your experiences with other players. The load times are almost seamless which is amazing considering how good this game looks.
That said, there is a real lack of imagination in the game modes and even in the multiplayer modes, that kill its replayability. The challenges are run-of-the-mill and they are then carried on as is in the multiplayer mode. It’s like the developers gave up after they finished creating the world. The UI is also a bit clunky, but you get used to its idiosyncrasies in the first few hours of the game while you are still in awe of how amazing it looks. Steep is most enjoyable when you ignore the events and just go to a summit and take off. The soundtrack is also exceptional.
This isn’t a game that we can totally recommend, but it is unique in its approach to the genre. We can see people playing with the wingsuit for hours, but it doesn’t have a shelf life over a couple of weeks, despite having multiplayer to shake things up.
Platform: PC, PS4, XBO
Price: PC: Rs 1,799;
Consoles: Rs 3,499
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