Although we see plenty of games allowing you to play sports such as football, rugby and golf on a regular basis, games which allow you play winter sports are certainly a rarer breed. Steep was originally released by Ubisoft back in 2017, and it has now been given a re-packaged edition to include most of the previously released DLC, along with all new content based on the X Games, which is an American event composed of several types of extreme sports.
With its open world structure, fast travel landmarks and challenge-based missions, it is immediately noticeable in Steep that Ubisoft have implemented several gameplay mechanics that have become synonymous with their products. While many winter sport simulation titles only showcase one activity, Steep allows you to compete in several different types of event, ranging from slalom style skiing to downhill snowboarding and parachute jumping, each allowing you to earn graded medals depending on your performance. Aside from a few initial loading screens, any jumping between missions or restarting the currently active challenges is near instantaneous, allowing you to keep yourself immersed within Steep’s winter wonderland.
While there isn’t a strict narrative progression in Steep, your rank progression allows you to compete in more difficult events, and also unlock various kinds of new clothes and sporting equipment. Although the range on offer is extensive, none of them of them alter your basic abilities. It is not so much of an issue in a realistic sport simulation like Steep, but for anyone who prefers the arcade style racing offered by Cool Boarders or SSX, it feels like a missed opportunity to encourage replay value once the game has been completed.