While snowboarding video games of the past have tended to focus on the more thrill-inducing and trickier aspects of the sport, it can’t be forgotten that high speeds and high mountains often spell disaster. Travis Rice, professional boarder and all-around adrenaline junkie is on hand in the latest trailer for the upcoming SSX to remind players of just how deadly his calling can be.

While SSX may have dropped the ‘Deadly Descents’ from its name for marketing reasons, the death-defying challenges, avalanches and battles with the elements haven’t gone anywhere. Players can have as much fun as they like with acrobatic tricks and pyrotechnics, but if risking your neck at high speeds and low temperatures is what gets your blood pumping, there’s plenty of modes to choose from.

Travis Rice has become more and more well known within the sport over the past few years, and will even be making an appearance as a playable character in SSX, Quiksilver gear and all. And while riding down mountains around the world might seem like a dream job, the newest trailer for the game shows that the skills used to avoid disaster in the real world will be just as important for potential players.

See if you’ve got what it takes to ‘Survive Travis Rice’s World’ now:

Trying to outrun an avalanche isn’t something anyone would recommend in the real world, but in a video game form the task seemed like more than a mild rush when the game was displayed at last year’s E3. Since then the developers have shared just how big a game world they’ve been building, and the staggering amount of technology that will be functioning behind the scenes. Still, if the very first SSX gameplay trailer is anything to go by, the free-wheeling and over the top action of the past games will be back as well.

Along with the new trailer comes the official cover art for SSX, and we’re happy to say it’s a vast improvement over whatever they had in mind for the dark and gritty ‘Deadly Descents’:

SSX may have gotten off to a rough start out of the gate, but it really does seem like the developers at EA Sports have quickly righted the ship. The aesthetic or tone of a game is easy enough to change throughout development, but it really seems like the technology and gameplay itself are what will set this entry apart from the rest of the franchise. It’s still too early to tell, but SSX has every chance of being the reboot the developers hope. Not to mention one of the sport’s most respected figures’ personal blessing.

What do you think of SSX so far? Are you excited to jump back into the series, or are you skeptical that snowboarding titles can find a home anymore?

SSX releases for the Xbox 360 and PS3 on February 28, 2012 in North America, and March 2, 2012 worldwide.

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