While I’m an avid fan of the [i]Tony Hawk[/i] franchise, it’s no secret that the series has slowly gone downhill year after year. After hearing of the disappointing presentation of [i]Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland[/i] for the Xbox 360, I turned to [i]Amped 3[/i]’s snowboarding for my next-gen extreme sport fix. While it is pretty clear that [i]Amped 3[/i] draws its inspiration from a number of different titles in the genre, notably the [i]Tony Hawk[/i] and [i]SSX[/i] series, it also creates an atmosphere unique to itself and a manic style that almost nothing else can match. Although it is ultimately a fairly short ride, [i]Amped 3[/i] is a blast to play and keeps you guessing all the way through.
The story behind [i]Amped 3[/i] may seem simple and clichA