Skiing gives you this huge rush. It is completely exhilarating to feel subzero air rushing past you while torpedoing down a snow and ice-covered mountain. We Ski
doesn't exactly offer that feeling per se (unless you installed an air conditioning unit beside your head), but it is a suitable alternative during the warmer months of summer. The game is "balance board compatible" so, there is an extra perk to We Ski
. I, being a lowly reviewer, was too lazy to run out and get a balance board. I am guessing it would have added a new dimension to the gameplay. From everything I have been hearing, I would go buy the board if I intended to put a lot of hours into the game.
We Ski starts out by letting you chose from literally tons of equipment and gear for your little, super deformed Miis. It actually hurt my head with all the options. You can import your Mii, which is awesome. I have a Clark Kent Mii. Do you have any idea how cool it is to see Clark Kent zooming down a white, fluffy hill (while not wearing a cape)? The only downside to importing your Mii is that you don't get goggles or hats like the characters you can build in-game.
The first mountain is completely unlocked and ready to play upon. You basically ski up to a person and press (A) to get things going. You can go down any run, compete in any race or slalom, or just cruise around the mountain. The downside to this vast expanse of play area is how small it actually is. Your character doesn't move as fast as it seems it should, but if you went any faster, you would get to the bottom even faster... which would be sad.
We Ski is all about the free-style mode. You can take your character around the mountains, which you must unlock after playing about on the first one, and look for quests or piddle around at your own leisure. Piddling about soon gets a tad boring if you are a goal-oriented gamer, however, so there are mogul, regular, and slalom races to take the edge off the roaming. Younger kids and older types might greatly enjoy milling around until someone challenges them to a race, but all the white nothingness was making my brain erode. The mountains are broken down into colors that represent difficulty (much like actual skiing), and a color for tricks (fun!). As you compete in events (challenged from other players in the game or just from your own wanderings), you earn points. The points eventually unlock over 200 items worth of clothing and gear. Too bad your Mii can't wear a lot of it!