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Sunday, 24 July 2011

Skate 3; Time-killing at it's finest.

     Today I'll be reviewing Skate 3, which unsurprisingly is a skateboarding game for the xbox 360 and PS3. Whilst the first two games were also fun, they both had different aspects to them which were combined in the third, so I will only be reviewing that one. The (loose) story to Skate 3 is that you, the legendary skater who took the scene by storm in the first 2 games, are setting up a skateboard company and so need a team of skateboarders to promote it. This involves the usual challenges, like doing certain lines or tricks for photos and videos to attract team members and get board sales, but also involves a new set of tasks called "Hall of Meat".

Basically alot of this.

     In the "hall of meat" challenges, you have to make your skater bail in the most harmful, creative and frankly hilarious ways in order to earn points, which are awarded for the speed of the crash, the number of bones broken, and a number of other things like amount of degrees spun and height fallen. This leads, as I've said, to some very funny gameplay, as shown in this video:

It gets funnier when you play with friends.

     The controls aren't exactly easy however- this aint no Tony Hawks Pro Skater. To control the board and do all kind of flips and spins, you have to use the analogue sticks- for example, to do a kickflip to have to push the right stick down and then up diagonally very quickly, and to spin your body you use the left stick. Whilst this can take a while to get used to, if you stick at it the controls are easily mastered and quickly make the game a whole new type of fun. You can either be ridiculous and just f**k around in the game, doing insane combos if you have quick thumbs, or you can be hyper realistic and set the game on "real" difficulty to act like a real skater.

Because if you can do this ingame, why would you want to try it in real life?
 
     The online mode is also alot of fun- you can set up freeskate lobbies with your friends and just skate around the vast and fun to ride game world, or create a team with your buddies and make awesome videos. The built in video editor is really cool, as if you just landed an awesome trick or perfected a great line, you can relive the moment by pressing pause and rewatching it- the game records as you play. You can then edit this footage and even upload it to the EA servers, where you can show it off and brag to all your friends. Not that you'll have many if you do it too often, but thats beyond the point.

Hey guys, check out this sweet tric- guys? Where'd you go?

     Overall I'd definately recommend Skate 3 if you want a different, fun game that really eats up the hours, never gets old and becomes even better when you play with friends. You can probably nab it now secondhand for like £10-£15 ($18-$30ish) and its definately worth it. I hope you found this review helpful, or at least enjoyable, and remember to follow me and leave a comment if you liked it!
 

16 comments:

  1. Seems fun, I used to play skating games on the PS1, so I think I'd like it.

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  2. It is cool to see a game that has really quite realistic skating, at least it seems realistic with those controls :) I also like the idea of the hall of meat XD

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  3. i played tony hawk on N64 10 years ago, i think it's time again for a skater game

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  4. haven't played a skateboard game since tony hawk

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  5. YESSSS, this game is great. Really really good. I liked it so much more than the tony hawk saga, and that says a lot.

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  6. I played Skate 2 and was wondering about this one. Thanks for the review!

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  7. I'm like Electric Addict. Havn't played something like it since tony hawk. God, that was so many years ago.

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  8. Woah never heard of this game before, i was under the imression the only skate games were tony hawks XD

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  9. I love that game!

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  10. I was never any good at skate games, I interestingly enough was also never any good at skating either. Seems correlated to me.

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  11. I don't really see my self playing this game not really into skating but nice review man.

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  12. Awesome review man, I can't wait to play this game asap! I really love to skate!

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  13. it has really good graphs! though i'm not sports video games :) +followed

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  14. Great game, great review :)
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