Moving itself onwards from the previous game, Skate 3 takes
a slightly different tact from its predecessors as you attempt to
create your own unique skating brand and more specifically your own
business. Even though this may sound like a sim game, it’s actually
far from it and at its heart, it’s still a skating game where you
need to pull off a variety of manoeuvres, complete set goals and of
course challenge both virtual and real players from around the
world… the later is if online is your cup of tea.
Of course, the better you
perform in the game means the better your business will perform that
increases the number of boards that your company sells. Like the
previous games, you need to compete in a set number of challenges
through the various gaming environments from stunts, time-trials,
competitions and even photo shoots. It may be more of the same but
there are a few twists and features to keep it quite distinct from
the original two games.
Team Up. Throw Down.
- Work together to take on challenges and progress together
through the career campaign or slay all suckers in head-to-head
competitive battles for bragging rights. Players can keep tabs
on the happenings of their teammates and rivals with Skate.Feed,
the all-new game and web social network.
City, More Tricks, More Skate - Say hello to darkslides,
underflips, and the all-new skate mecca, Port Carverton -
featuring unique districts, plazas, skateparks and endless
lines, this is the true skater's paradise.
Build a Brand, Become a Mogul - Form teams and rise up to
become a skate industry mogul by selling boards. From completing
online challenges to creating skate parks to having your
graphics downloaded, almost everything skaters do in the game
counts towards their progression.
Skate.Create and Share - Returning favorites Skate.Reel
and Skate.Graphics are back. The all-new Skate.Park is an open
canvas for players to create their dream plaza or mega-ramp
park. Once created, they can share their masterpieces with the
world by uploading them directly from their console.
Always Room For Meat - Hall of Meat is back and gnarlier
than ever. Gamers can brutalize their skaters in the harshest
ways possible with all-new total body control bails. Get ready
for carnage that is sure to make players cringe.
The control system is reminiscent from the Skate 2, however it feels
more polished and even though its not as sturdy as some of the Tony Hawk
still gets the job done but for those not familiar with skating
games, most competent gamers will easily be able to pick it up in no
time. One annoying aspect of the game is that it doesn’t award
mediocre players very well and if you’re one of those double jointed
gamers who can pick up a controller and always score high, than
you’ll be looking for some very high sales of your boards.
Thankfully you can still complete the tricks without all the bells
and whistles to progress which is definitely a step in the right
direction as opposed to Skate 2.
Another interesting aspect of the game is that you now have
team-mates who help you complete challenges such as team races and
trick events. This adds a new level to the interactivity of the game
as it’s not just a solo experience. This works on some levels such
as new gameplay but on another level, sometimes the AI leaves a
little to be desired but it’s all part of the fun and frustration of
You still have to navigate objects in this world and of course
pedestrians and generally most will get out of your way and if they
don’t, there’s some really fun bone-breaking accidents to be had.
The single-player game is quite competent but where the game
excelled was through the multiplayer mode via online. With plenty of
game types to choose from, we had no problems in connecting to the
servers and start challenging these virtual skaters from the around
the globe. And if you’re feeling arty, the game contains a very
powerful skate park creation tool that allows to create some very
interesting and impressive environments for you and your friends.
You also have the obligatory leaderboards and an interesting update
each time you log on that shows an updated list of achievements and
scores for your friends.
Graphically, Skate 3 is a very good looking game with some great
attention to detail in the environments you play. Even though the
city looks too perfect, it’s fun to race around the city and explore
all the different areas from business districts to gardens and even
little homely suburbs. Thankfully those annoying security guards are
no longer in sight in Skate 3 which gives you more freedom to
explore and master those sometimes elusive skate manoeuvres. The
soundtrack is quite pumping for skating title and of features all the sounds
of the city plus that skating board sound effects that assists in
the overall gameplay.
Compared to the previous game, Skate 3 is an improvement and if
you’re a Tony Hawk fanatic, I still suggest you check out this game
because the attention to detail in this game is quite good, from
sweet skating manoeuvres to graphics that look quite realistic. It may
not offer the genre anything new in terms of “new” content but as a
skating game, it works on most levels and I know for me, I love
pulling tricks on places I’ve never skated on before.
Check it out!