Steep

The release of Ubisoft’s Steep in early December was met with lukewarm praise. While the experience of screaming down a mountainside was fresh and exhilarating, many reviewers cited sloppy controls and lack of progression, as well as some niggling technical issues.*

Update 1.04 brings in some features the community has be calling for, as well as fixing a raft of bugs. The entire list can be found here, but I will highlight some of the more exciting additions and improvements.

*I actually refunded the game on Steam due to game-breaking connectivity problems.

There are two main community-focused additions; ‘Steep World Tour’, and ‘Community Challenges.’ Steep World Tour is a recurring tournament open to all players, while the Community Challenges are – as the name suggests – challenges created by the community. These can be found on the new ‘Live Page.’

Also, there will be a brand new ‘Director Mode’ giving more freedom in Replay Mode for those film-makers amongst us, as well as the option to hide the HUD.

The biggest gameplay change is in the G-force System. According to Ubisoft; “Some riders expressed confusion concerning how/why they would fall while riding. The biggest hits will now activate the black-and-white dizziness state rather than triggering a fall, as was previously the case. The next hit, however, will trigger a fall.”

There are a number of smaller details you can trawl through at your leisure, using the link above. There are a large number of bug fixes, as tend to be in early patches, but I just wanted to assure you that, apparently “The player will lose the ability to change or play any sport after manually entering ragdoll state inside the wicker basket of a hot air balloon.”

Which is a shame because that sounds like fun.

 

 

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Aidan is a writer, musician, and gaming enthusiast from Australia. He is big cricket fan, a huge soccer fan, and a fan of AFL, but only when North Melbourne are winning. When he's not writing books no one reads, or playing music no one listens to, he's playing FIFA or staying up really late to watch the EPL.