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Ascended Fanon: Possibly, as there was a LOT of fan fiction depicting Griff as the arrogant jerk portrayed in SSX 2012, even before On Tour's release
Breather Level: Serenity in the 2012 game counts. While it does have a bottomless pit very early on, the rest of the stage is very forgiving and very long. This high score potential has made it a very popular run for online trick contests.
Broken Base: The Deadly Descents in SSX 2012. Whiel some critics didn't like them, others like IGN called them the highlight of the game.
Crowning Moment of Awesome: Griff bails on the team and sets up his own. How does Zoey react? She heads to where he set a trick record and at the start of the event does something not even James Bond would attempt and grinds a helicopter. You heard right, she grinds a helicopter in flight, bagging two million points to Griff's two thousand in the opening seconds and ending with nearly five million at the end.
Crowning Music of Awesome: These games have TONS of it, mainly in the form of funky or just plain adrenaline-pumping electronica. On Tour didn't use that kind of music too much, though the soundtrack is good in its own right.
Dork Age: A fairly minor one. The fanbase may disagree as to whether or not Tricky or 3 was the best game, but it's generally agreed that, starting with On Tour, the series, while still good, started to get stale. As of SSX 2012, it's firmly out of this.
Scrappy Level: The Deadly Descents in SSX 2012. Each one is packed with common snowboarding hazards (trees, ice, whiteouts, rocks, etc) which makes getting down the mountain a hugely frustrating affair. Several game reviewers note that these tracks drag the game down, but others have said they're the highlight.
Scrappy Mechanic: The rewind button/chasms in SSX 2012. No other SSX game had these.
Shipping: Seriously. The second game added a Relationship Value system where each character had friends and enemies, which fueled the shipping. Mac/Kaori and Zoe/Moby are two of the more popular couples.