Excerpt: “Third time’s a charm” is what my buddy told me after the damn skateboard painfully landed next to my legs. A hopeful saying, something that pathetic people get comfort from but most of all a saying that doesn’t mean anything to EA and Black Box as they delivered an almost perfect game the first...
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!
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...
Excerpt: There is something to be said about the feeling you get playing a new gaming experience. When skate first showed up it was unlike anything before it and totally up-ended the long-standing heavyweight in the genre: Tony Hawk.
Excerpt: The first Skate burst onto the scene back in 2007 with its analog stick-driven flick-it controls, effectively sending the Tony Hawk franchise into retirement. It was an incredibly realistic take on the sport, but its bag of tricks was a bit empty.
Summary: With Skate 3. EA Black Box sticks to a tried-and-true gameplay formula, but still injects the game with a healthy sense of humor, a wide array of challenges, and a focus on cooperative and competitive online play to create the best skateboarding game in town right now.
Pros: Beautifully-designed controls lead to rewarding gameplay., Cooperative play and team atmosphere will make you want to skate online., Balanced and pleasantly diverse soundtrack.
Cons: Visuals haven't improved much since Skate 2., Hall of Meat antics look a bit too silly., Still a formidable challenge for casual gamers.
Summary: Skate 3 doesn't reinvent the wheels. Nor does it reinvent the decks, the trucks, or any other aspect of the Skate series. This sequel is as noteworthy for the features that it cuts from Skate 2 as it is for those that it introduces, yet this is still a better game than its predecessor.
Pros: Adds more tricks to the Skate repertoire, Powerful park editor is easy to use, Robust online features, including team events, Two levels of completion for every challenge
Cons: Noticeably inconsistent frame rate, AI of pedestrians and other skaters is all over the place