Cool Boarders 2
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|Publisher(s)||Sony Computer Entertainment|
|Designer(s)||Shin Umezawa (executive producer)
Yoshimitsu Tamate (executive producer)
Kurashima Kimiaki (producer)
Masaya Kobayashi (game director)
Masaki Shimiz (character design)
Atsunori Namba (composer & sound designer)
Yoshichika Shimamura (composer & sound designer)
|Mode(s)||1 - 2 Players|
Cool Boarders 2 (also known as Coolboarders 2) is a snowboarding video game developed by UEP Systems for the PlayStation. The game builds upon its predecessor's features with the addition of trick competitions and computer-controlled competitors. The main aim remains to complete courses in the shortest time (aided this time around by shortcuts), to perform the best-scoring tricks and to rack up huge total scores. There are more unlockables and also the option to customize the snowboard's graphics. The game offers 7 snowboarders, 18 snowboards and 10 courses to compete on. An original advertisement for the game features Seth Romatelli of the comedy podcast Uhh Yeah Dude. As of August 27, 2009, the game is now available on the US PlayStation Network for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable for the price of $5.99.
There are several snowboarders available for use in the game.
There are also three secret boarders that will become available from completing tournaments and breaking point records.
- Gray: An alien using a miniature UFO as a snowboard. Gray's trick and balance skills are better than most of the human characters, but he is the slowest.
- Boss: The alleged boss of Cool Boarders 2. He is the most fluidly-controlled human character, and has his own board available upon unlocking.
- Snow Man: A small snowman using a red frying pan as a snowboard. Is the fastest of all the characters (Despite Snow Man's lack of body weight), but is hardest to control at such high speeds.
There are also three CPU-only characters - Kelly, Jicchi and Nick - who cannot be unlocked and are featured so that there are more competing boarders in the Competition mode. Boss, Gray and Snowman cannot be used in the Competition mode, even after being unlocked, despite Boss' presence in the tournament.
Game Informer ranked it as the 92nd best game ever made in 2001. The staff called it a "high point" in its series and that while it didn't make as great of an impact as the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater games, the Tony Hawk games would not exist without it. The game was a bestseller in the UK.
- "Game Informer's Top 100 Games Of All Time (Circa Issue 100)". Game Informer. 2009-11-16. Retrieved 2013-11-24.
- Gallup UK Playstation sales chart, April 1998, published in Official UK PlayStation Magazine issue 31
- PlayStation Pro #18 (March 1998) p. 16–19