Probably the closest most of us will get to skateboarding for real
I have to admit I didn’t read up too much on skate before I received it, and I assumed it would be a tony hawk’s rip off and just another ‘bash buttons to do tricks’ skateboarding game. Fortunately, I was mistaken, and Skate is about as far from other skateboarding games as you can get. The main difference I noticed was the control system, which involves different combinations of analogue stick movement to do different tricks. This is a great feature once you get used to it, as it feels much more realistic. The story is however not as revolutionary, and is practically the same as every other skateboarding game out there, with challenges like performing certain tricks infront of photographers and winning a game of skate, where the player must out perform the opponent in a series of tricks.
The game’s graphics are brilliant for a skateboarding game, everything looks like its supposed to and I failed to find any bugs or glitches. The soundtrack is what you would expect from a skateboarding, a mix up of hip hop and ska, with a few old funk numbers thrown in. As I have mentioned, the control system is very different to every other game of this type. Tricks of varying difficulty take different levels of precision to pull off with the right stick, while the left stick is used to control spinning whilst in the air, or direction whilst on the ground. Grabs are performed using the right and left triggers. All in all, this control system makes for a much more believable skateboarding experience, but without the cuts, bruises and broken bones.
the game is a must for all fans of the genre
One of the other cool features is the ability to build your character and buy him different clothes made by popular real world skating brands like Etnies and DC. I am aware that this game is not the first to have this feature, but it has the best selection I have seen in a skateboarding game. Your board can also be customised with different parts made by real world brands.
My only major niggle with this game is the camera angle. The whole game is played with a very low camera angle behind your character. This means that the character obstructs your view of a large portion of the screen, making timing jumps and grinds nearly impossible in some areas. This becomes very annoying quite quickly, as some of the challenges force you to grind objects in a limited amount of time, which is really difficult with the camera angle being how it is.
Overall, skate has great graphics and a fantastic control system never attempted by any other skateboarding games before. It also has plenty of game modes so that when you get bored or frustrated with the story mode, you can try a variety of other games. The graphics are good for a game of this type, and although the camera angle is annoying and frustrating at times, the game is a must for all fans of the genre, whether you are a skateboarder or not.
The Bad: bad camera angles make some tricks nearly impossible, control system can be a bit finicky
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