Excerpt: The Skate franchise is now in a league of its own. The original Skate title burst onto the scene and brought a freshness to proceedings which eventually toppled the tired Tony Hawk franchise. Little could stop this gem of a game and the sequel provided added depth and gameplay to keep the Skate series alive. Now we are at number three in what seems to be a now yearly franchise, so has it run it course or is there still plenty to give?
Excerpt: Have you ever played a Tony Hawk game? You know, that incredibly popular skateboarding series that was recently run into the ground due to stagnating gameplay? This game is nothing like that. In fact, this is the series helped drive the stake into Tony’s (game’s) heart. By abandoning the unrealistic maneuverability and confusing button inputs for tricks, and replacing them with physics based movement and “flick it” controls, Skate redefined the genre.
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.
Grow a company with friends in this realistic skating sim.
Common Sense Media
6 September 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that while Skate 3 is rated "Teen" it's a lot tamer than many other similarly rated games, such as those that focus heavily on shooting people. This is a skateboarding sim with an arcade twist that folds in community features and cooperation. It puts players in the shoes of a young entrepreneur trying to start up a skateboarding company with the help of his or her friends.
Conclusion: Only a handful of achievements to get, although the achievement for playing in a six man team can be tricky given that there aren't that many people playing (and EA Nation is down a lot). This being EA, there's a rubbish, ungettable achievement. That'll unlock eventually when EA fix their game. Expect this to TA out at 1500 eventually.
Excerpt: The past few years have totally changed the way we look at skateboard games, once Tony Hawk was the be all and end all but recent releases have been tired affairs. Rather than just do a good skateboard game the Black Box team have created the definitive skater for this current generation with the Skate franchise. Third time around and the game offers a huge skating Mecca, Port Carverton and a whole host of additions to further make this the must have skateboard game.