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This game, some 5 years, later - alongside Skate 2 and 3 - is perhaps the most realistic skate sim ever! The reason for this review, even some years after the games original release, is to guide those gamers who are looking for a great budget game!
The story mode, whilst not being the most solid in terms of an actual story line, is very fun because you have the ability to pick and choose between what levels you play. For instance you can choose between playing a friendly game of S.K.A.T.E or you can choose to complete photoshoots first, providing these missions are available.
The game-play is simply superb and as an occasional, and very amateur, skateboarder I can say it is akin to real life, especially in terms of not being able to pull of monumental chains of tricks like you would be able to in other notable game series. Whilst is realistic there are some elements, like massive drop-ins, which wouldn't be possible in real life purely for entertainment.
The ability to customize your character is welcome, so if you're fond of a particular brand, you can skate for them, and have them as your sponsor, which is pretty cool because it makes the game all that more engaging.
The soundtrack to this game also gives it an added depth of realism as this is the music which would grace the street skaters iPod. It is a lively soundtrack adding character and upbeat and chill enough to cater to different skating styles, and as it's customizable you can listen to upbeat when you fancy career mode and somewhat chill music when you want to free skate.
Although I own the other two, and later releases, of the series I come back occasionally and play this because the map is gigantic and it's always fun to skate different spots and come up with different lines. It's always enjoyable.
Overall, if you enjoy other skating series you'll undoubtedly enjoy this one, and if you're looking for a budget entry into skating games this is the way to go!
I love to skate. I love to game. Skate seemed perfect. I had some spare cash and a game or two that needed to be traded in so I picked up Skate. With my wallet empty and some room on my games shelve I but Skate in and hope I wouldn't get bored with my board.
You're a nameless skater hoping to get lucky and be spotted. So when you are asked if you want to be filmed you pull out all the stops to show off what you got. You jump grind a rail land it in a manual and..... Get hit by a bus. You awake from a coma with you buddy at your side and all you want to do is get skating again. So begins you quest to get noticed in the competitive skate world.
The game takes itself from the button bashing roots of the Tony Hawks series and uses an innovative "flick it" system. This means that for example rather than doing a kick flip by pressing triangle, you flick your right analog stick in a certain way. This feels great and give you a real sense of control over your skaters movements however it is not with out its flaws. I found that it was far to sensitive and I often lost a game of S.K.A.T.E due to pulling off the wrong move due to the over sensitivity. I would have liked it better if you held a different button and used flick it at the same time to differ moves rather then focus on just one.
The graphics are amazing with lighting affects shines seeming almost to real. However the animations of the public around you or even your own skater seem rather robotic and poorly done. You just don't get the same satisfaction knocking into people if it doesn't look good enough.
A great game with lots to do and see with plenty of computations to enter and hours of game play.
Now I am like I think most people are a fan of the Tony Hawks skateboarding games but I found that all Tony Hawks games were pretty similar and there was no real variation in gameplay or characters or just in what you had to do to complete the game, so I thought for a change of direction I'd try something new and that was Skate.
I must admit at first I found this game difficult and frustrating. I was unable to do any tricks and I spent alot of time yelling and swearing and getting very fed up but I stuck with it and with alot of practice and by continually completing the tutorial I eventually got the hang of it. The main difficulty I found was that unlike Tony Hawk the skater is controlled entirely by the 2 anolog sticks on the PS3 controller as well as the Sixaxis technology.
Once you master the controls however this game is fantastic and I found myself sailing through the many very varied tasks in career mode.
The career mode is excellent and offers alot more variety in taskt that on Tony Hawks. The main down side is the multiplayer mode on Skate which only offers 3 mini games to compete against your friends.
Skate is a very good game but much like the Pro Evo vs Fifa debate this genre only has one true champion and that has to be Tony Hawk
A new skate game is just what this genre of sports games needs, and is a refreshing break from the old Tony Hawk games.
I really like the unique and innovative controls that this game offers and honestly it seems to fit the game a lot better than using buttons to ollie and do tricks. The flick-it controls let you use the right analogue stick to do tricks: the movement of the stick representing the movement of the feet on the board. Prodominatley, the buttons are used for grabs and to push off.
The graphics are awesome and really do testiment to the gameplay, the camera view your forced to use may get quite annoying as most of the view is blocked by your legs and skateboard. A nice touch, however, is the fact that everything you do is recorded and you can save the replays of your best tricks. You can also edit this and put it on skate real for the online communtiy to view.
Unfortunately, there are some down sides. A very tedious and boring aspect is the fact you are not able to get off your board. This means that you have skate your way to wherever you need to go. This is really annoying as most of the time you have to find your way to the top of stairsets if you want to skate them.
Overall this game is very good, but can get very annoying; a must-buy for the skateboard community.
Skate, finally an alternative to Tony Hawks Pro Skater.
I first tried this game when Sony released the demo for Skate 2 on the PSN. you only get a few minutes of game time in the demo, so I then moved onto trying the now old Skate demo. I really liked it so I bought Skate second hand for £10 (I couldnt justify paying £40 for Skate 2).
At first I was a little dissapointed; its very stop start (its not very flowing, you constantly have to try the same sequence over again and again, and it can be very strict and restricting on precisely what it requires you to do), and like many 'free roaming' games, I found myself not making use of it, as it is fairly pointless, and its much quicker to get around by just using your map and jumping to locations.
Also I found the frame rate really poor, many times the game slowed to a crawl, often at important times where I'm trying to complete an objective. Its very frustrating and puts a real dampener on the experience. I have found though that some people have this problem with the game, and others dont, so take your chances.
Now that I've got the negatives out the way I can focus on the positives. The game is far more realistic and addictive than the now painfully overused stale Tony Hawk franchise. You really feel that you have to put effort into each little trick, and although they may not look as complex and over the top compared to Tony Hawk, it does feel far more rewarding. There are plenty of objectives to keep you going for a while, and lots to explore if you just feel like killing an hour. Its the kind of game where you could get lost playing for hours without actually achieving anything.
The control system is excellent, and further proof of the brilliant Fight Night style of control. Basically everything can be done by just using the analogue sticks.
I'm now finished with Skate, and soon to be moving onto Skate 2. Now that Skate 2 has dropped so much in price, it may just be more appealing to jump straight to it, but Skate is still a very good game in its own right, albeit with some flaws which stop it from becoming a true classic.
When i first heard of skate i was a bit sceptical and thought that Tony hawks would still be the better game. Even though I am a fan of Tony Hawks I downloaded both the demos to compare them and found out that Skate was a much better game. The Flickit control system is very clever and origional and gives the game a much more realistic feel, Unlike Tony Hawks where you just press a few buttons to do an insane unrealistic combo of impossible tricks. The story is great too. You have to build up your reputation by recording tricks, Entering competitions and getting your photos in the skateboarding magazines, Eventually reaching the cover. It all takes place in sunny San Velona, A big city with alot of exiting places to skate and meet people. The graphics look really nice aswell. Especially on a HDTV. When you go smashing into a car or a brick wall you can hear every bone crunch and see it. There is no blood but then if there was it would probably have to be a 12 or a 15. You can even watch the replay in slow motion to see where you went wrong. You can record your best tricks and post them online. People will rate them so you can see how good it was. The online play is fun aswell. You can do different challenges against freinds or strangers or just skate around in free mode. The customisation is beaten by Tony Hawks but then again this is a skating game and not a dress up game. Overall I think this is a better game than Tony Hawks, You will definately get alot more hours of fun out of it and I would give it an 8/10. It's no metal gear solid 4 or call of duty but it is still a great game. But now that skate 2 is out I would reccomend that instead. It has everything Skate 1 has and more. Thankyou for reading and please rate.
After Tony Hawk had dominated the gaming world for skating games I was very happy when EA brought out Skate to put some pressure on the Tony Hawk series. However, after playing Tony Hawk: Proving Ground, I gave Skate a try. After playing the demo on the Playstation Store, I took a chance and brought the game. It is very enjoyable and I prefer it to Tony Hawk.
The graphics are very good but not the best as some of the games on the Playstation 3. The soundtrack is fun and the game has no framerate issues and runs very smooth. The free skate is very fun exploring the city for things to do.
The game feels very natural using the analogue stick to mimic moves in real life. This makes the game very fun and gives it a totally different element. You will skate around the free roaming map for ages trying to find the best place to skate and nail the perfect trick, you will be hooked!
The only thing I don't like about the game is when you fall off your skateboard you will be sent back to a spot away and you will then have to travel all the way back again.
As a fan of the skateboard industry i was very anxious for the release of this game. Having played the demo for the Xbox 360, i soon got used to the gameplay which i found to be absolutely spot on in terms of realism, and, although it was yet to be completely finished, i was very impressed by the quality of the graphics and physics of the game. When the release date finally arrived (after being delayed...jeez!) i rushed to the game shop to purchase this game, and, if im completely honest i was blown away. The size of the map was the first thing to attract my attention, and no matter how much i play this game i still find new places and spots to skate at. What i also enjoyed very much was the story line, although it is very straight forward and actually quite easy to get through, it takes a whole new route as opposed to the tony hawk games which are more based on an 'unlock' kind of system. All in all i found this game to be excellent and it blew all, yes all, of the tony hawk games out of the water. Fantastic.
I was a bit dubious about playing this game as I have to confess to being a bit of a Tony Hawk Fan! I wasn't dissapointed though and have had endless hours of play out of this game!
There is quite a long learning curve with this game where you have to start from scratch and master all the basics like the ollie. Some of the tricks are frustratingly hard to pull off but once you master them you feel huge sense of achievement!
I did find it quite annoying that you couldn't get off your skateboard sometimes though, especially when you want to go up some stairs to get to a challenge and have to take the long way round!
The soundtrack to this game is really good and you can choose your tracks or just put it on random.
The overall aim of this game is to build up your career and basicaly get yourself in the mags etc! Challenges include pulling off stunts infront of a photographer (you can chose and save your best pic!) and a straight head to head challenge on tricks.
If you are expecting a new take on the Tony Hawk's series then think again, Skate takes skateboarding games to a new high and knocks Tony right off the leaderboard.
First up we have an entirely new control system, the old push the button to ollie is out and it's in with analogue stick controls that allow the user to control the body, hands and feet individually.
The good thing about this new system is that if you know a little about skateboarding and how to perform the odd kickflip or nollie then you'll be happy to hear that performing these moves is not a million miles away from how you would actually do it.
If you like the Tony hawk's series however then your probably going to be a little wary of this title because this is NOT your press square to kickflip R1 to backflip insane button basher, instead pulling off flip and trick moves is a lot more technical and you have to think about your tricks before setting up making SKATE a complete skateboarding experience.
In my younger days i used to skate a little and i found myself revisiting my youth as i tore up the streets, parks benches and every other piece of terrain this game has to offer.
You'll find yourself trying to master individual tricks just like you would have to if you were really skateboarding and you'll revel in the fact that you spot a nice place to skate as you cruise the map then before you know it you've just played for 3 hours at one spot trying to pull off the trick that YOU JUST HAD TO NAIL!.
This game is to me more of a skateboarding simulator that a game and this is by all means not a bad thing. If you are or ever have been into skateboarding at all then i think you'll find something in this title that you'll love.
Graphically this game is sound although the framerate does tend to slow and get a little glitchy when the traffic and AI skaters build up in one area, this can be annoying when trying to score points on one of the bigger combo's as you lose your rhythm and have to start again.
The other annoying thing about this game is that you can't get off your skateboard, this can be REALLY IRRITATING when you spot something that you just have to skate, then have to spend half an hour getting to it because you keep falling off your board and restarting from a safe point nearby.
I never played this online so i can't comment on that, however i will point out that i never felt the need to because everytime i put it on i would always get lost in something new that i was trying to do.
Skate is an awesome achievement for EA whom are currently working on it's sequel, it makes the Tony Hawk games look outdated and blows them away.
Any skater worth his/her salt should own this title!.
This game is an original addiction to its genre in terms of graphics and controls. Many gamers in previous games such as Tony Hawk's series were able to pull of ridiculous tricks with very little effort. At least in this game, there is a learning curve that is satisfying and challenging at the same time and still able to maintain fun and realism. The controls require you to actually learn a trick, which resembles the effort taken to learn a real skateboarding trick, but quicker. So I would advise you to purchase the game if your up for a challenge and need something original from a skateboarding game. When you finally do accomplish some of the goals in the game, you are more satisfied with yourself and are ready to aim higher. Playing the game is fairly relaxing, but it can get tedious after a pretty long session of playing.
What can I say, I am once again reviewing a medium-not so good game.
I remember when I got my PlayStation1 for christmas, and opening to find Final Fantasy 7, A JamPack disk, and Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2. Ah yes, THPS2.
The next great skating game did not come untill Tony Hawk Underground, which I still tip my (non-exsistant) hat to.
Now they come out with a "revolutionary" POS game that handels like a truck. Too many games now adays always tried to go for the best graphics in it's genre but forget how to make it fun for the player.
The game open up with a tutorial, as it should, but this is probably the most challenging part of the game as if you dont flick your right joy stick to EXACTLY where they want it then you aren't passing nothing bub.
To add to the controls, they are poo (poop, turd, log, feco-matter etc.) It is realistic don't get me wrong but if you aren't going Moc3 then you best beleive you cant grind that pole all the way down.
If I had to choose between Skate and a stick in the eye+a kick in the balls, well sing me up for B.
Skate it your way and live the dream with multiple path progression. Make a name for yourself by owning spots, dominating challenges, and grabbing footage to earn your spot with magazine covers and real world sponsors.