Since Tony Hawk 2 I haven't felt there has been much of an evolution in the skateboarding genre. The Tony Hawk franchise has established itself at the top of a pedestal and has created a sub genre in sport gaming. However, Skate, by EA introduces a new and fresh innovative system that easily finds itself rubbing elbows with the TH series. This is a game for skaters. Almost reminiscent of the synonymous finger board craze back in the late 90s. The 'Flick-It' interface really stands a world apart from the button-smashing that is the Tony Hawk franchise. If you are looking for a more realistic touch to an aging sub genre, then you'll find it here; something fresh. Although, this game is not without its flaws. You'll find yourself at times tackling painful camera angles(the perspective focuses on the board instead of the character), and often difficulty getting yourself into place to set up a 'line.' Thankfully, you do have the option to save your current position so that you may retry that particular 'line' if you bail. The game is visually appealing, and I was very impressed with the amount of detail that went into the textures. The downfall to this scale of detail is the lag from the post-processing throughout the game. Whenever you find yourself traveling through a more densely populated area, or that of immense detail, the game will begin to crawl. This can really hurt your groove especially during a challenge, and can be very frustrating. This lag also transitions into the online mode, and sometimes may even feel unplayable when alongside high ping players. The game is also missing a few popular tricks, hand-plants in particular. A feature I also found myself begging for was the ability to get off your skateboard and walk. Finding your way to an area blocked by stairs can sometimes be tedious. Overall, great way to spend an afternoon with a very addictive and rewarding interface, but not without its flaws. I give it a 7.8/10.
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This game is sick!!! Not much else even compares! If you think Tony Hawk is a great game then you might not like this... but that also makes you an idiot and you probably know nothing about skateboarding. I have been skating for most of my life and this is by far the closet to capturing the true feel of the sport. Definitely at least give it a try if you are interested. The physics and tricks of the game might have a higher learning curve to those unfamiliar with riding a board, but stick with it and I guarantee that you will realize that this is the best way yet to make a true SK8 game! It's probably more like a 9.5, but this only does whole numbers. It has small things wrong with it here and there, but for it's revolutionary control scheme I'll cut it some slack.
The game is gorgeous, and is a 10 in every aspect save gameplay. The controller concept is innovative; so much so that there is a serious learning curve to master it. Think skating sim. Timing of your ollies has to be dead on or you will spend your time on your face (the grinds aren't magnetic like in TH). If you are a casual gamer, stick with Tony Hawk. This game requires more effort than I'm willing to give.