Conclusion: From a technical standpoint, DJ Hero 2 runs and looks better than its predecessor. The game has alleviated most of the small frame rate issues that would sometimes plague DJ Hero . DJ Hero 2 also looks more impressive. The animations look less stiff, the character and environment models are far smoother and the inclusion of Avatar support adds a touch more personalization to the package. And like any quality music game should, it sounds fantastic.
Pros: Improved aesthetics and added creative options make the game an improvement over its predecessor.
Excerpt: Skate 2 was all about becoming a big shot skater, working from the ground up to build a name for yourself. It echoed the path of the franchise itself, with EA having to establish the series as a contender in a market ruled by Tony Hawk. Now, having done all the hard work, Skate exists as brands that people know, but your in-game boarder is still trying to make it big. This time it's all about brand awareness and selling as many boards as possible.
Summary: Skate 3 is far from a bad game, but it plays to its target audience, and can leave others gamers out to dry. Any fan looking for the skateboarding experience without leaving the house has a great option with Skate 3 . Someone looking for a great story, and unrealistic grinding, manuals, flips, and spins will want to wait for the next Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater title to release; however, those willing to learn the Flikit control system can have fun with this title, if only...
Excerpt: So you want to be a skateboard legend and revel in the comparisons to the likes of Tony Hawk and Rob Dyrdek? Well, then prepare your body and mind to fearlessly smash the tricks out the local skate parks and establish your name in the game.
Pros: Realistic Control Scheme is undeniable., Customization of parks and logos., All elements blend together masterfully.
Cons: Player models need more expression., Learning curve requires patience., May not be enough for Skate 2 owners.
Skate 3 PS3 Review
12 June 2010
Excerpt: Hey, you! Internet dweller person! Do you know your kickflip from your nollie? How about your varial nosegrab from your backside face plant? If you do, well, this game is for you. If you don’t, get with the times, grandpa! Gnarly! I have a personal theory about how skateboarding evolved as a sport. Step one: someone sticks wheels onto a plank. Step two: someone starts inventing slang and just won’t stop .
Conclusion: This is not a huge leap forward for the series but at the same time I don’t think it had to be. There are some gripes I have with the size of the new environment but when it comes down to it there is no question in my mind that this is the best skateboarding experience available right now.
Summary: Skate 3 features an all-new co-op mode where teammates can complete challenges together while advancing each other's careers. From rewarding epic bails and fails with a beefed up Hall of Meat mode to honing your craft with the all-new Skate School, players of all skill levels have multiple ways to "kill it" in the game.