EA Showcase 07- SKATE impressions

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It’s sad to say, but Neversoft better start coming up with new ideas, otherwise Tony Hawk games may be a thing of the past. Skate is the new kid in school. Except he’s cooler, better looking and everything that other skating games wishes they could be. I’m not against Tony Hawk games,  but if you keep releasing the same game it just starts feeling like playing an old game with new graphics. Skate on the other hand has taken a whole new approach.

I played two different areas; one was the open city and the other was the X-Games Big Air event. If you played the demo then you should already know the difficulty of landing certain tricks. And if you haven’t played the demo, what are you doing here? Go get it.

Skate is everything you expect and more. A huge city and countless areas to skate. You could go to the same block multiple times and find a new spot to skate, or perfect a chosen line. Some blocks are a no skate zone where security guards will chase you while you skate in that area, so careful when hitting a rail cause he could be right around the corner.
The X-Games Big Air event is actually the last challenge of the game. Seems easy right? go down a ramp, do a trick and land it. I’ve played the demo many times now, and i was still struggling on nailing tricks. Anything and everything can go wrong when pulling off a trick. Your board might not be lined up, you could roll off the side of the ramp, you could Ollie early and miss the landing or even be tilted the wrong way. definitely a spot where you get the most oohs, ahhs and screams from your friends.

Online play is going to be a big part also. Allowing up to 4 or 6 players to play online, depending on whether you are playing big air or just skating in the city. I was told that friends can jump in and out of games, which is very important to me. I hate pre-game lobbies. Also, replays that you save are uploaded to their website, which you can share with friends and post them on places like Facebook.

If you love skateboarding then Skate is the game for you. If you have no idea how to pull off an Ollie in real life, skate to you, may seem like a lot of work for a small trick. None the less, skate is a great game and i can guarantee that you will catch me on live playing it.

edit: I started messing with the Skate Reels and actually ended up saving a sloppy line i ran through. Check it out! You should really try it, show us what you got!

– Jerome “the360loop” Francisco –

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