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skate. is the first in-house developed skateboarding game by Electronic Arts, after publishing the Street Sk8er series in the past. Players can create a custom-design character and move it through the fictional town of San Vanelona. To become a top skater, players has to enter skating challenges marked on the map to gain notability, attracting sponsors and having tricks photographed or filmed. By performing well, spots can be "owned", and there are also jam sessions and death races against other skaters. Completing challenges is also rewarded with new equipment, clothing, characters and additional challenges.

There are two different paths to follow: Skateboard Mag and Trasher, both with the aim to get coverage in different magazines. The Skateboard Mag path follows a more formal career skater format, where progress through the path relies on completing photo moments, demos, contests and filming parts. The Thrasher is more of an anti-authority path, with downhill races, and screwing with security. By completing either path the player gets access to the Xgames, and the mega-ramp, which is a gigantic ramp based on a real construction.

Unlike the Tony Hawk series, movement and tricks are entirely controlled through the analog sticks.

skate.reel and the in-game replay editor allow players to go back at any time and look over there last 15-25 seconds of gameplay and view it from multiple angles. That footage can also be uploaded directly to the skate.reel website, where players vote for their favorite footage. The game supports online play with a number of challenges duplicated from the offline game as well as some unique online modes.

The game comes with a number of famous skaters, for which the appearance was licensed.


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Alternate Titles

  • "S.K.A.T.E." -- Common title
  • "Skate" -- Informal Name

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GameSpy Xbox 360 Sep 17, 2007 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Super Play (Sweden) Xbox 360 Oct, 2007 10 out of 10 100
UOL Jogos Xbox 360 Oct 19, 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Gamestyle Xbox 360 Nov 18, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Xboxdynasty (XD) Xbox 360 Sep 27, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Gamer 2.0 Xbox 360 Sep 21, 2007 8.6 out of 10 86
Good Game Xbox 360 Oct 02, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox 360 Oct 02, 2007 16 out of 20 80
Defunct Games Xbox 360 Oct 23, 2007 80 out of 100 80
Digital Spy Xbox 360 Sep 28, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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