First of all, i breezed through the world tour mode with very little problems, and then i decided to throw myself into Explore mode and see how i fare on there ... and my god i'm pulling my hair out in frustration.
In World tour one of the first districts you go on is the Rockies, so i started on the rockies, and the two races on Whitehorn Mountain where two of the most frustrating things i have ever done. I had tried everything, faster boards, constant boosting, etc... but i couldn't beat 1st place, so then i changed to the same character that the game used to get Gold (Alex) and stuck with her, in no time at all i had her levelled up to level 10 (which got me the level 10 achievement) and i was still struggling whilst using all mods i could find and using the fastest boards that popped up ... and while i was improving on my own times i was still struggling like hell. Eventually on one lucky run i managed to edge out infront of the CPU and beat it by about 3/10th of a second and i felt so relieved.
What i am eventually getting to here is how is it possible to get all golds in this game on primarily the races in this game? I get that in the trick events just keep the combo going and you should get a beastly bonus at the end of the run but with races i just don't get the nack of coming first easily. I try and follow the course that the CPU picks and as soon as the CPU passes you they are impossible to keep up with, getting tricky and constantly boosting becomes harder as you have to keep using nose grind (or whtever its called, the SSX equivalent of a 'manual') so you can keep tricky going but even that never works all the time ... am i missing something here? If i am struggling to do these gold races on one of the early mountains in the game, then God help me when / if i make it to some of the even more challenging runs :/ - i would like to try and get 100% on this game as i love it to death, but the sheer impossibility of some of these races is hard to overlook and i fear i may end up putting the game down and never coming back to it which i do not want to.
Anybody got any good tips on how to breeze the races ??