Visually, Downhill Jam goes for a more over-the-top look than other pro-skater games. Sure it doesn’t look like Project 8, but it is a completely different game and really doesn’t need to look ultra-realistic. The garish art style fits the game’s character really well and is likeable. Animations are smooth and the transition between tricks lacks that robotic, jarring feel. Levels have just as much personality as the skaters, both of which contribute to a fun atmosphere.
The game’s soundtrack is nothing short of awesome. About forty licensed tracks are available and include artists like White Zombie, Iron Maiden and Motorhead. Even better, you can create a custom soundtrack list, so if there’s a song or two you don’t care for, you can remove it from rotation. The only problem is a lack of a preview feature; so if you’re like me and not very good with titles, you might overlook one or two songs you actually like.
You also have some really oddball commentary during races as well as comments from other skaters.