Cool Boarders 2

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Cool Boarders 2
CoolBoarders2.jpg
Developer(s)UEP Systems
Publisher(s)
Platform(s)PlayStation
Release
  • JP: August 28, 1997
  • NA: October 31, 1997
  • EU: February 1, 1998
Genre(s)Snowboarding
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Cool Boarders 2 (Cool Boarders 2: Killing Session in Japan) 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, computer-controlled competitors, and support for the PlayStation's System Link feature, allowing two-player, non-splitscreen multiplayer.

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.

Background[edit]

The game's predecessor, Cool Boarders, was released for the PlayStation the year prior, in 1996. Despite mixed reviews, Cool Boarders was a sleeper success, and eventually attained a Greatest Hits edition. As snowboarding began to gain in popularity in the West during the late 1990s, so did snowboarding video games. Developer/publisher UEP Systems began work on a sequel to take advantage.

Cool Boarders 2 was unveiled at the April 1997 Tokyo Game Show, where it drew large crowds despite UEP having only a small booth.[1]

Other entries in the genre began trickling in, most notably 1080° Snowboarding. The original developer, UEP Systems, sold the rights to the name of the series in the US. This resulted in three US-based sequels, while in Japan, the series continued with Cool Boarders Burrrn for the Sega Dreamcast under UEP's guiding force, before "ending" with the PlayStation 2's Cool Boarders: Code Alien.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
GameRankings70.42%[2]

The game received an average score of 70.42% at GameRankings, based on an aggregate of 12 reviews.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tokyo Game Show Report from Japan". Next Generation. No. 30. Imagine Media. June 1997. p. 17.
  2. ^ a b "Cool Boarders 2 for PlayStation". GameRankings. Retrieved September 30, 2014.

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