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skate.

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
90
3.4
Xbox 360
85
3.2
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Description

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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The Press Says

GameSpy PlayStation 3 Oct 08, 2007 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Game Freaks 365 Xbox 360 2007 9.5 out of 10 95
The Review Busters PlayStation 3 2007 9.25 out of 10 92
Gamestyle Xbox 360 Nov 18, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Fragland.net Xbox 360 Jan 04, 2008 89 out of 100 89
Gamesmania Xbox 360 Oct 12, 2007 88 out of 100 88
Good Game Xbox 360 Oct 02, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Kombo.com PlayStation 3 Sep 20, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox 360 Oct 02, 2007 16 out of 20 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Xbox 360 Nov 25, 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2007 – #10 Console Game of the Year
    • 2007 – #5 PS3 Game of the Year
    • 2007 – #8 Xbox 360 Game of the Year
    • 2007 – Best Sports Game of the Year
    • 2007 – PS3 Sports Game of the Year
    • 2007 – Xbox 360 Sports Game of the Year

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