Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding

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Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding
Amped freestyle snowboarding.jpg
Developer(s)Indie Built
Publisher(s)Microsoft Game Studios
  • NA: November 19, 2001
  • EU: March 14, 2002
Genre(s)Extreme sports
Mode(s)Single player, Multiplayer

Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding is an Xbox exclusive snowboarding video game. It is the first of the Amped video game series.

Released during the Xbox's launch, Amped is a snowboarding game focused on the tricks, instead of the racing style of play given by Electronic Arts SSX which launched with the Sony PlayStation 2 in the previous year. The success of Amped was solidified by the successful launch of the sequels Amped 2 and Amped 3.


Utilizing the Xbox's built-in hard drive, Amped allowed for entire mountains to be loaded simultaneously, permitting completely free-style runs modelled on real resorts, rather than the linear courses of other snowboarding titles.

The game also contains snowmen which players must strike down in order to advance their Career Mode characters' exploration options.

The Xbox's built-in hard drive also allows users to create a custom soundtrack using their own music, as well as listening to the 150-plus tracks already offered in the game. Users can also listen to music by genre, blocking out music they do not enjoy. There is also a button on the Xbox controller that allows users to skip past songs they don't like.

The game is also well known for helping to launch the career of pop punk band Yellowcard due to the in-game soundtrack consisting of the complete One for the Kids album on it. The video game also contains three songs from band Ink & Dagger's album The Fine Art of Original Sin.

As well, the game's instruction manual is written in a magazine-like format.


Before its release, the game was met with derision from some due to Microsoft's marketing department Photoshopping lens flares onto what were supposedly actual game screenshots. Microsoft claimed they were unintentionally passed off as screenshots of the actual game.[1]

In 2005, former Ink & Dagger drummer Ryan McLaughlin sued Microsoft, claiming that three of their songs were used without the band's knowledge. The suit was settled out of court in 2006.[2][3][4]


Aggregate score
Review scores
AllGame3/5 stars[6]
Game Informer7/10[10]
GamePro4/5 stars[11]
OXM (US)8.4/10[16]
The Cincinnati Enquirer4/5 stars[17]

The game received "generally favorable reviews" according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[5] Famitsu gave it a score of one eight and three sevens for a total of 29 out of 40.[9]


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  3. ^ Gross, Dan (July 26, 2006). "Ink & Dagger suit settled". The Philadelphia Daily News. Archived from the original on August 13, 2011. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  4. ^ "Ex-Ink & Dagger sues Microsoft". The Philadelphia Daily News. October 26, 2005.
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  6. ^ Marriott, Scott Alan. "Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on November 15, 2014. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  7. ^ Edge staff (December 25, 2001). "Amped [Freestyle Snowboarding]". Edge. No. 105.
  8. ^ EGM staff (January 2002). "Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 150. p. 228.
  9. ^ a b Dan B. (February 20, 2002). "Xbox in Japan. First Famitsu scores". Home Theater Forum. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  10. ^ Helgeson, Matt (December 2001). "Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding". Game Informer. No. 104. p. 104. Archived from the original on December 1, 2003. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  11. ^ Dan Elektro (November 19, 2001). "Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding Review for Xbox on". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 7, 2005. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  12. ^ Satterfield, Shane (November 26, 2001). "Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding Review". Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  13. ^ Bub, Andrew S. (January 21, 2002). "Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding". GameSpy. Archived from the original on February 17, 2005. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  14. ^ Lafferty, Michael (February 20, 2002). "Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on June 11, 2008. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  15. ^ Lopez, Vincent (November 21, 2001). "Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding". IGN. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  16. ^ "Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding". Official Xbox Magazine. February 2002. p. 80.
  17. ^ Kent, Steven (February 13, 2002). "Olympics aren't only games to hail from Utah". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Archived from the original on August 21, 2008. Retrieved September 9, 2017.

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