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Dark Summit

by Microsoft
Xbox
Teen
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews) 71 / 100

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  • ASIN: B00005QWUG
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,832 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Product Description

Extreme sports just got a little more bizarre with this game that mixes snowboarding with espionage. And somehow, it works. The plot involves the efforts of boarder Naya as she investigates the wacky activities at the decidedly snowboarder-unfriendly Mt. Garrick. Naya must complete a long series of stunt-based missions in order to gain enough lift points to get to the top of Mt. Garrick. In general, the pacing isn't nearly as fast as snowboarding king SSX, yet Dark Summit's weird cast of characters and emphasis on combos and timing makes for a deeper game.

Despite the cartoony physics, you'll find the controls very responsive and you'll soon be pulling off some cool-looking stunts. The visuals won't raise new standards for the Xbox, but they are nicely detailed and move fast.

Curiously, while you can earn points to buy snazzy clothing and boards, none of them affect actual gameplay. Also, the repetition when trying to complete your goals will terrify impatient speed-seeking snowboarders.

Still, while not quite as quick and stylish as SSX, Dark Summit delivers a strong just-one-more-try feel that challenges players while still being fun. For those with the skills and patience, Summit is a arcade snowboard ride of a slightly different kind. --Mark Brooks

Pros:

  • Plays like most snowboarding games... but different enough to stand out
  • Nice snow-capped graphics that move quickly, and a potentially very long mountainside to snowboard down
Cons:
  • Repetition caused by failed missions will scare off a few snowboarders looking for sheer speed
  • Early levels could stand a bit more imagination in their design

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Dark Summit invites you to explore and uncover the mystery atop Mt. Garrick through 45 mountain-based challenges and missions. This is the first action-adventure snowboarding video game with mission-based objectives. It offers a huge mountain to unlock and explore, from the bunny slopes to the summit, and an innovative reward system based on the player's status on the mountain. There are long, expansive runs to shred, and a physics-based board simulation for tight, responsive controls and realistic carving, shredding, and jibbing. High-tech equipment upgrades include boards, bindings, and gear. The multiplayer modes including competitions in mountain challenges, the half-pipe, and more. The six playable snowboarders in multiplayer mode each has his or her own physical characteristics, personality, and attitude.

Customer Reviews

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Action Filled Boarding November 17, 2001
An overall great piece of entertainment, Dark Summit combines strategy, action and sports all in one. You can just board around the mountain, go on the scouted game trail, or just play.
The manual has 2 pages solid of tricks you can do, and you can discover secret trick combos while playing. You can also find hidden trails, tunnels and paths through the mountain.
The game takes full advantage of the xbox's quick loading times and hard drive caching, allowing huge levels with unlimited options while playing.
Unlock new characters and boards by doing tricks for equipment points, and advance through the game to eventually beat it.
A must have! It will definitely hold you over until Amped is released!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Perplexing?! July 24, 2003
I give Dark Summit 3 stars. I wouldn't say it was the best game ever. The story line and acting was good if you like real cocky anime.
At the beginning you only get to play with one character. You'll have to literally beat the game to unlock the rest of the characters. One thing that was perplexing to me is why would you want to play with the rest of the characters and beat the game, and you already beat it with the first? It takes all the fun out the game itself.
I did,however, give it 3 stars because of the challenge it brought.
P.S. Please! Rent the game before buying. I was stupid enough to buy it. You don't be stupid and rent it first.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Mediocre Effort January 3, 2002
This is a decent game- nothing more, nothing less. The graphics are OK and the gameplay is sufficient for snowboarding. I congratulate THQ on at least trying to put a different spin on an overexposed subgenre of sports games, but the hokey storyline and ease of reaching the summit left me unsatisfied. The cartoonish aspect is a turn-off for me, but it would make a good game for those in the adolescent crowd who are uninitiated to the world of snowboarding games. Overall, I would give it a true rating of 2 1/2 stars... and I wish I would have bought "Amped."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable mix of sports and story December 4, 2001
I, for one, like the mission-oriented approach of this snowboarding game. The storyline is good if not remarkable, and it makes the gameplay very enjoyable. You are not just going for pure speed for 30 minutes of gameplay, but have tons of features to explore.
Game graphics is decent but unfortunately does not show off Xbox's capabilities. (C'mon, Microsoft, help Xbox developers do a better job!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY FUN BUT EASY December 29, 2001
By allen
this game is very fun, but unfortunatly it is very short and very easy, this is not a game to buy bcuz if u r a good xbox player like me u will finish this game in about 3-5 hours and b bored after that while playing again or multiplayer. If u want to buy it its okay but first RENT THE GAME and then buy it to c if for you it is easy or not
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Graphics don't do justice do XBox November 17, 2001
By A Customer
This game plays like any other skating/snowboarding game, so if you like that genre, you will like this game. However, the graphics are lame compared to other XBox titles. Looks like they dumbed down the graphics to make the port to PlayStation2 easier. It looks like sticking with XBox exclusive titles might be a wise choice, as those are the games with the best graphics.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Game Ever April 7, 2002
A Kid's Review
This game is one of the coolest games that I have ever played. It 's very fun and if you like snowboarding this is the right game for you. You are trying to stop the evil corporation and you are not allowed to snowboard there, but you do. So they try to stop you from ruining their plans. The evil coorporation uses skiiers to try and stop the snowboarders.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Mediocre Effort January 3, 2002
This is a decent game- nothing more, nothing less. The graphics are OK and the gameplay is sufficient for snowboarding. I congratulate THQ on at least trying to put a different spin on an overexposed subgenre of sports games, but the hokey storyline and ease of reaching the summit left me unsatisfied. The cartoonish aspect is a turn-off for me, but it would make a good game for those in the adolescent crowd who are uninitiated to the world of snowboarding games. Overall, I would give it a true rating of 2 1/2 stars... and I wish I would have bought "Amped."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
this game is james bond mixed with snow boarding totaly dope!
Published 4 months ago by IBRAHIM ALBADI
1.0 out of 5 stars It's okay, but with Amped on the XBOX why bother?
I saw this game at the store for a few bucks and thought "why not?" Well even though it was just a few bucks, I expect a game to be fun and worth my time. This game wasn't. Read more
Published on December 20, 2004 by Newcement
5.0 out of 5 stars The best game ever
my favorite game is this game.If you want a good action crazy fun game this is it.
Published on December 20, 2002 by RENEE LAFOREST
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
this game is james bond mixed with snow boarding totaly dope!
Published on June 4, 2002 by hunter smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Very inventive!
This game is quite interesting and diffirent. The graphics are freash and clean the gameplay is new. THIS IS NOT YOU TYPICAL SNOWBOARDING GAME! Read more
Published on January 3, 2002 by Nomi
3.0 out of 5 stars A different kind of game (that actually works)
Dark Summit is not quite what I was expecting as the third choice of an xbox package deal. I thought that I would be performing tricks and racing down a hill over and over which... Read more
Published on December 11, 2001 by Brendan T. Lucey
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesnt match up to ssx tricky
This game is very enjoyable but it doesnt match up to ssx. this game is great but my advice is to skip this and buy ssx tricky which is the best snowboarding game.
Published on December 7, 2001 by Speedy Petey
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