Excerpt: The camera swoops over the entire market square and you see a line of tricks that would definitely put you in the top spot of the competition. You approach the first gap and reach deep into your bag of tricks and pull out a 360 Laser Flip off the stairs into a feeble grind down the hubba rail. It is exhilarating. The accomplished feeling of nailing it on the first try rushes over you in an instant.
Conclusion: However, all this doesn’t take away from the generally simple and intuitive controls, only from the larger game. New online interaction through completing goals, uploading and editing videos, and making custom designs for skateboards are great additions to the franchise, and most importantly, Skate 2 is fun to play, even if the career does lose its appeal later on. Because the great city of San Vanelona never does.
Conclusion: I went through that pretty quickly. That’s because none of it matters. The small pitfalls and the tiny steps forward do little to hide that skate 2 is simply real skateboarding done justice in a video game – but that’s all it is. If you ever loved real skateboarding, you’ll love skate 2 ; if you didn’t, you’ll find the annoyances a little too much to bear.
Excerpt: Skate 2 is a difficult game; it’s a game of skill. In many ways it evokes a sense of gaming’s retro past in just how taxing it can be; both o your command of the control scheme, and your levels of patience. Unlike a significant percentage of modern games, there’s no difficulty level here, no levelling up system, no shortcuts to success. It’s about practise, perseverance and perfection.
Summary: Skate 2 isn't the innovative sequel that some people had been hoping for, but that doesn't mean it's not fun. With plenty of new areas to explore, some cool new challenges and a bunch of much-needed fixes, Skate 2 is a fantastic follow-up to an already stellar skateboarding game. Casual gamers may find the game's learning curve too much for them, but hardcore fans will eat this game up! This product was submitted by the publisher for review.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is As the old saying goes, why fix what’s not broken? Year in and year out, every sports games publisher seem to concentrate on what new features their games have to offer this time around. What if the game was already great to start with? PES for example, was the best sports game around a few years ago. The developers however concentrated on offering new features and forgot to maintain the basic ones.
Conclusion: The city bustles, yet simultaneously feels devoid of life. And the Old Testament-esque do-it-again-until-you-do-it-right gameplay will prevent casual gamers from seeing the final third of the game. That aside, skate 2 , like its predecessor, continues to make the genre relevant again.
Pros: The game's opening cinema. There's more panache, spirit, and humor in this three-minute prison-yard montage (set to "Showdown" by ELO and "Anubis" by Anubis) than there is in the entire Tony Hawk series.
Cons: You wind up spending three hours trying to earn a measly 800 points in an "own-the-spot" challenge.
Summary: A refined and polished sequel to a brilliant skateboarding game.
Pros: The increased move-set, which gives you further flexibility on your board, The beautifully designed skateboarding paradise of New San Van, The brilliant 'Create-A-Spot' mode, which adds further replay value
Cons: The steep learning curve for "noobs" or the impatient, The clunky on-foot controls, The occasionally annoying camera angle