Excerpt: Few of you will not be familiar with the Tony Hawk series of games. Under the name and supervision of such a skateboarding legend, despite occasional duds, the long run of releases has generally been fantastic.
Excerpt: If I had to name a single subgenre that has been monopolized by one franchise for far too long, that would have to be skateboarding games. I’m sure most of you know about the Tony Hawk Pro Skater games. The first was incredible, arguably the best skateboarding game of its time.
Excerpt: There's been no shortage of skateboarding games released over the past decade. Gamers have been able to break their virtual bones and pull off virtual 720s in the semi-sim Thrasher, the semi-awful X Games Skateboarding and the semi-goofy Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure, to name just a few.
Conclusion: Skate is a testament to what this generation of gaming can really accomplish with the tools given. A great game with just about everything necessary to have a great time, for plenty of time, both alone and with friends.
Excerpt: Since the launch of THPS (Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater) the Tony Hawk series has bean the uncontested leader of the skateboard genre, but Mr. Hawk has company for the skating game of choice thanks to Electronics Arts’ skate.
Excerpt: When you think about how tiny the competition for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater has been, it comes as a surprise that SKATE is Electronic Arts' first attempt at a modern skateboarding game. An attempt long overdue, in fact. SKATE is EA's first skateboarding game since Skate or Die 20 years ago.
Excerpt: Last year, if you had told me a skateboarding game outside of the Tony Hawk titles would catch on as quickly and as suddenly as EA’s skate, I would have said you were an idiot. And if I had told you that EA would create one of the most innovative games of the year, you probably would have said I was...
Conclusion: While Skate has a handful of issues that hold it back, it has a ton of potential. It's a solid first start for what hopefully will become a regular franchise. With some more refinement and a few more things to do, this could probably be the best skateboarding game around.
Pros: Trick and control system is unique and a lot of fun, Decent voice acting and choice sound effects, Community features make sharing your exploits easy and fun.
Cons: Unstable frame rate gets in the way at every turn, Some challenges make demands that are a little too specific for the analog trick system, Online events often clump too many skaters into too small a space, Load times and menu animations often get in the way of your skating.
Skate's analog trick system is revolutionary for the genre, but the game surrounding those mechanics isn't quite as good.
28 September 2007
Summary: Plenty of skateboarding games have come and gone in the years since the long-running Tony Hawk franchise reinvented the genre. Most failed because they simply attempted to duplicate the arcadelike, fast-moving gameplay of Activision's series.
Pros: Trick and control system is unique and a lot of fun, Decent voice acting and choice sound effects, Community features make sharing your exploits easy and fun
Cons: Unstable frame rate gets in the way at every turn, Some challenges make demands that are a little too specific for the analog trick system, Online events often clump too many skaters into too small a space, Load times and menu animations often get in the way of your skating