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MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
82
4.0
Xbox 360
83
4.2

User Reviews

A great game, with a major flaw. Xbox 360 Kyle Wolfe (4)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 3 1 4.0
Xbox 360 4 4.2
Combined MobyScore 5 4.2


The Press Says

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95
Xbox 360Gameplayer
Don’t let that distract you though from the base fact: SKATE 2 is a brilliant game. For the most part it takes the fantastic template laid down in the original and injects it with a smartly integrated new move-set, an exciting world to rip to shreds, and the same addictive, unquestionably stylish gameplay which saw the Tony Hawk series bolt for the hills. There’s just a whiff of ‘what next’ though that has us wondering whether we even want a SKATE 3. Just a bit of shiver that creeps down the spine when it gets a little Tony Hawky on your arse. But that is the future, right now this is the best extreme sports game of all time. Get it!
95
PlayStation 3Gameplayer
Don’t let that distract you though from the base fact: SKATE 2 is a brilliant game. For the most part it takes the fantastic template laid down in the original and injects it with a smartly integrated new move-set, an exciting world to rip to shreds, and the same addictive, unquestionably stylish gameplay which saw the Tony Hawk series bolt for the hills. There’s just a whiff of ‘what next’ though that has us wondering whether we even want a SKATE 3. Just a bit of shiver that creeps down the spine when it gets a little Tony Hawky on your arse. But that is the future, right now this is the best extreme sports game of all time. Get it!
93
Xbox 360Gamers' Temple, The
Fortunately, these hiccups don't diminish the overall game's quality. There isn't too much to say at this point other than Skate 2 is without a doubt the best skateboard game ever created. It seems almost ludicrous to think that it has been less than 20 years since all we as gamers had to choose from was Skate Or Die or that game with the amazingly talented gorilla (if you're old enough to remember that ridiculous NES game, it was called T&C Surf Designs… congrats – you're old) If you can overcome the steep learning curve and small problems, or you simply enjoy the sport, you'll want to pick this one up.
92
Xbox 360Impulse Gamer
With improved gameplay, Skate 2 is definitely a worthy successor that contains a slick presentation, a decent control system and some very impressive graphics. The only downside to the game is the strange way your characters walks, however fortunately you spend most of your times on your skateboard Some of the challenges are extremely frustrating in Skate 2, even with our resident skating guru Rick, however if you persevere, you will equally awarded. Needless to say, Skate 2 is definitely a fun game that we would recommend to all skating enthusiasts.
91
Xbox 360Planet Xbox 360
It’s amazing how little additions like getting off the board, fastplanting, and even sorting your replays into categories can have such a profound affect on the whole experience. The first Skate was nowhere near perfect, but it was a massive step forward in the right direction, and away from the high-flying acrobatics and rooftop grinds that have nothing to do with actual skating. To that end, Skate 2 feels less like a sequel, and more like the realization of the original dream. Now, if only I could get my cameraman to shut up for more than two seconds so I could concentrate.
91
Xbox 3601UP
I wish that Skate 2 had gone a step further in their Burnout borrowing and employed rankings for every individual street and area; as it is, it's a missed opportunity for encouraging some healthy perpetual competition. And I suppose that window of opportunity speaks to the larger potential of Skate 2 -- while it's certainly a great game, and a shining example of a simulation done right, it's primarily by virtue of its near-flawless fundamentals. The first Skate took a serious risk in the advancement of the skateboarding genre that paid off hugely. Skate 2, through no fault of its own, can't possibly feel as fresh, exciting, or revolutionary; but it could have felt riskier. As much as I enjoyed my time in New San Van (and will continue to enjoy it for some time to come), I'll be expecting some serious evolution in any continuation of the series. I just don't want to see the new king become placid.
91
PlayStation 31UP
I wish that Skate 2 had gone a step further in their Burnout borrowing and employed rankings for every individual street and area; as it is, it's a missed opportunity for encouraging some healthy perpetual competition. And I suppose that window of opportunity speaks to the larger potential of Skate 2 -- while it's certainly a great game, and a shining example of a simulation done right, it's primarily by virtue of its near-flawless fundamentals. The first Skate took a serious risk in the advancement of the skateboarding genre that paid off hugely. Skate 2, through no fault of its own, can't possibly feel as fresh, exciting, or revolutionary; but it could have felt riskier. As much as I enjoyed my time in New San Van (and will continue to enjoy it for some time to come), I'll be expecting some serious evolution in any continuation of the series. I just don't want to see the new king become placid.
90
Xbox 360Totally Gaming Network
Overall the development team should be commended for making another excellent skating title. Everything runs really smoothly and it seems to have come together really well. The new features add on to what was already a fun experience with the original. I can definitely see this game having longevity as people try to create the best spots and videos they can while trying to beat the ones that are already available. If you enjoyed the original title then be sure to give this one a chance. It’s a fantastic title that everyone should experience.
90
Xbox 360GameSpy
Skate was one of our favorite games of 2007, and with Skate 2, we're far from disappointed. It's difficult to say whether or not Skate 2 is better than the original -- it lacks that game's moxie and swagger. It's no longer that up and coming superstar that demands your attention. This time out, it's more comfortable with what it's doing, and it achieves its goal of reproducing the feel and culture of skateboarding exceptionally well. One thing's for sure: If you've ever ridden a board, or even thought about it, Skate 2 is for you.
90
Xbox 360Gamervision
Skate 2 may not have the jaw-dropping impact of its predecessor. It can’t. It is, however, a far more polished, robust and fulfilling experience than the original. The new features, even the flawed ones, only add to an already excellent formula, and the graphical and design changes to the city, along with the addition of a fully realized online suite, make Skate 2 a game with almost infinite replay value. Simply put, Skate 2 is almost exactly what we hoped it would be. Fans of the original will wonder how they ever played without the new game’s features, and rookies to the series won’t need to play the original to understand or appreciate this second iteration.
90
Xbox 360NZGamer
Sure, there is still room for improvement with Skate 3 with regards to the customisation and off-board controls, but it looks like the days of the Tony Hawk reign might be finally gone. Whoop!
90
Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine
Even with much of the gameplay remaining the same, Skate 2 is one of the most impressive sequels I’ve played in my tenure as a game critic. Most developers follow the line of thought of “more equals better.” In Skate 2 better is achieved by just making it better. It does the almost impossible task of making old gameplay feel new again.
90
Xbox 360GamingExcellence
Overall I find that Skate 2 has put the cap on a series that I have been a fan of since the original THPS came out in 99’. Playing ‘Skate’ back then meant collecting letters to spell the word, performing 900 McTwists and hand-planting helicopters along the way. The Hawk series never went horribly downhill since then, it’s simply been 8 years and grown old. Skate 2 is very close to finding that perfect balance between realism and arcade game play, and that is why I think it’s currently the better game to pick up if you’re looking to rejuvenate the virtual skateboarding void that was created after becoming bored with the ‘other’ series a couple years ago. The complete package is incredible, especially the online play, so for those action sports gamers, go shred over to the store and grab a copy.
90
Xbox 360Darkstation
I can’t say that Skate 2 is perfect because even though the majority of the problems with Skate were fixed the game still lacks a solid story mode. Holding it up however is the solid control scheme and the variety in game objectives. The graphics do enough for a skateboarding game for you not to pay too much attention to them. The online mode offers some high level gameplay and will keep the game from becoming repetitive. Skate 2 is without a doubt the best skateboarding game out on the market today and I would highly recommend picking this game.
90
Xbox 360Gameplanet
This is one that you need to have in your collection. You might not play it for fourteen hours straight, but it’s one you’ll come back to for a session over and over again.
90
Xbox 360DarkZero
Skate 2 is going to last for a very long time, there’s so much to do, so much to discover and create, that its potential seems limitless, and it’s for this reason that it deserves to be heralded as the truly great step forward that the genre needed. What EA Black Box have achieved is near enough the ultimate lazy Sunday afternoon with your friends and a bunch of skateboards. If the recent spate of lay-offs really has broken up the team responsible, they will be sorely missed.
90
PlayStation 3GameSpy
Skate was one of our favorite games of 2007, and with Skate 2, we're far from disappointed. It's difficult to say whether or not Skate 2 is better than the original -- it lacks that game's moxie and swagger. It's no longer that up and coming superstar that demands your attention. This time out, it's more comfortable with what it's doing, and it achieves its goal of reproducing the feel and culture of skateboarding exceptionally well. One thing's for sure: If you've ever ridden a board, or even thought about it, Skate 2 is for you.
90
PlayStation 3Eurogamer.pt
Se jogaram o primeiro da série, acreditem que há motivos para pegar neste. É fácil notar que houve melhoramentos em quase todos os aspectos do jogo, sendo que o modo carreira não é apenas mais uma experiência para encher chouriços. Ao começarem a jogar verão que existem motivos de sobra para voltarem por mais e mais, por longo tempo. Existe uma enormidade de desbloqueáveis, seja a nível de roupeiro, personagens, incentivos monetários ou simplesmente para desbloquear novas missões, e o modo Online só vem reforçar esta ideia. Se são fãs do género ou simplesmente estão à procura de uma oportunidade para se iniciarem, esta será sem dúvida a altura certa. Mais do que uma experiência completa e divertida, Skate 2 é um pacote sólido e altamente recomendado.
90
PlayStation 3Game Informer Magazine
Even with much of the gameplay remaining the same, Skate 2 is one of the most impressive sequels I’ve played in my tenure as a game critic. Most developers follow the line of thought of “more equals better.” In Skate 2 better is achieved by just making it better. It does the almost impossible task of making old gameplay feel new again.
90
PlayStation 3NZGamer
Sure, there is still room for improvement with Skate 3 with regards to the customisation and off-board controls, but it looks like the days of the Tony Hawk reign might be finally gone. Whoop!
90
PlayStation 3GamingExcellence
Overall I find that Skate 2 has put the cap on a series that I have been a fan of since the original THPS came out in 99’. Playing ‘Skate’ back then meant collecting letters to spell the word, performing 900 McTwists and hand-planting helicopters along the way. The Hawk series never went horribly downhill since then, it’s simply been 8 years and grown old. Skate 2 is very close to finding that perfect balance between realism and arcade game play, and that is why I think it’s currently the better game to pick up if you’re looking to rejuvenate the virtual skateboarding void that was created after becoming bored with the ‘other’ series a couple years ago. The complete package is incredible, especially the online play, so for those action sports gamers, go shred over to the store and grab a copy.
90
PlayStation 3DarkZero
Skate 2 is going to last for a very long time, there’s so much to do, so much to discover and create, that its potential seems limitless, and it’s for this reason that it deserves to be heralded as the truly great step forward that the genre needed. What EA Black Box have achieved is near enough the ultimate lazy Sunday afternoon with your friends and a bunch of skateboards. If the recent spate of lay-offs really has broken up the team responsible, they will be sorely missed.
90
PlayStation 3Gameplanet
This is one that you need to have in your collection. You might not play it for fourteen hours straight, but it’s one you’ll come back to for a session over and over again.
89
Xbox 360Wonderwallweb.com
SKATE 2 somehow betters the first game with more challenges and a healthier selection of moves whilst at the same time keeping the originals high standards. This is still the king of skateboarding.
89
Xbox 360TeamXbox
As I’ve said in similar terms in the past with a couple of other game reviews, playing Skate 2 makes me want to play Skate 3, because I’d like to think that this kind of feedback will give the makers a better understanding of how the next game could be so much better. Give us a big world to skate, a big bunch of reasonable challenges to complete and durable multiplayer over Xbox Live that’ll keep us playing your game well after we’ve finished the Career path. Don’t feel you have to make me do something over and over to prove that I’m getting better as a player. Entertain me, but don’t overwhelm me. Unfortunately, despite all of Skate 2’s entertainment, it is often overwhelmingly discouraging.
89
PlayStation 3Wonderwallweb.com
SKATE 2 somehow betters the first game with more challenges and a healthier selection of moves whilst at the same time keeping the originals high standards. This is still the king of skateboarding.
88
Xbox 360Game Over Online
Skate 2 has lost a little bit of the depth and flow in its career mode, but what’s wrong with that? It broke the mold of having a boarder come from nowhere and make his way to the top. But for those who don’t like change, I guess you can follow only the career mode and never see the real potential that Skate 2 has to offer. Those who want to skate the city and wreak havoc, this is your game too. It may be slightly different then original skateboarding games and the controls take some getting used to, but it is definitely worth a ride.
88
Xbox 360Xbox World Australia (XWA)
Skate was such a technical masterpiece; it was always going to see a bunch of sequels. And Black Box has done very well to ensure there were no backward steps. A few sidesteps, perhaps, but all a part of trying to forge the perfect skating product in a virtual medium. While it is easily debatable, this is one of the best, if not the best, skating games to see release; though when you consider the titanic departure the second Tony Hawk game had from its predecessor, it's sad to see Skate 2 not making those same leaps and bounds to solidify itself as one of the true greats. But hey, as far as Black Box EA is concerned – it's early days.
88
PlayStation 3Game Over Online
Skate 2 has lost a little bit of the depth and flow in its career mode, but what’s wrong with that? It broke the mold of having a boarder come from nowhere and make his way to the top. But for those who don’t like change, I guess you can follow only the career mode and never see the real potential that Skate 2 has to offer. Those who want to skate the city and wreak havoc, this is your game too. It may be slightly different then original skateboarding games and the controls take some getting used to, but it is definitely worth a ride.
87
Xbox 360Xbox360Achievements
I thought that I would never get into a skateboarding game but thankfully Black Box have proved me wrong. This title is going to be tough to pick up for newcomers but if you persevere with the controls you will soon be pulling off tricks like a pro. I may never understand the lingo but I know fun when I see it.
87
Xbox 360Worth Playing
In spite of Skate 2's flaws, it may just be time to crown the Skate franchise as the new king of the skate park. The game manages to be thrilling while eschewing some of the more ridiculous aspects of the Tony Hawk titles (grinding a telephone wire, really?) , and the motion-based trick system is much more immersive than pressing buttons once you get the hang of it. If you loved the original Skate, then pick up the sequel. If you haven't played the first game, skip it and go straight to this one because everything is bigger and better. It's a hard game, so steel yourself for some frustration, but when you finally complete a challenge that you've been agonizing over for hours, there are fewer things in gaming more satisfying. Drop in and get gnarly; this franchise is here to stay, and I, for one, am thankful for that.
87
PlayStation 3Middle East Gamers (MEgamers)
Skate 2 is a very good game. Even if it is very similar to the first title in the series that does not take away from how good it still is. The fact that you now can travel to challenges instantly will surely attract more gamers. The innovative controls are back and the online modes are largely improved. Investing money into this sequel will depend on how much you liked the first game. If you managed to finish and enjoy Skate, then you should be out buying this game right now. If you never played Skate however, you might want to pick that up on the cheap first before plunging into Skate 2.
86
Xbox 360Console Monster
After everything, Skate 2 is skateboarding on the Xbox 360. That is the best way in which to summarize the massive achievement Black Box has made. Needless to say, as a sequel, it can never be counted as being as innovative as the original, but Skate 2 has taken the very best offered in Skate and ironed out most of the creases. Whether you're a skateboarder or a school teacher, Skate 2 offers the very best playgrounds in which to pop your board. And best of all, it offers them to everyone.
86
PlayStation 3GamingXP
„skate 2“ ist definitiv ein zweischneidiges Schwert. Auf der einen Seite stehen einige durchaus sinnvolle Neuerungen, auf der anderen Seite spielt es sich jedoch genau so wie der Vorgänger und schaut auch genau so aus. Das ist zwar zu verschmerzen, da auch „skate.“ ein großartiges Spiel war, allein gibt es dem angeblich vollwertigen Nachfolger doch einen etwas schalen Beigeschmack. Ich plädiere für die Namensänderung in „skate 1.5“. Was bleibt, ist jedoch die Befürchtung, dass die „skate“-Franchise früher oder später das gleiche Schicksal erwartet, wie die Spiele der EA Sports-Reihe und sie so zu einer jährlichen Updateversion verkommt.
85
Xbox 360GameFocus
If you’re new to the series and are looking for a good point to dive in, this is definitely it. The challenge is relatively the same as the previous offering but with Skate 2 you’ll be getting a more complete experience. For veterans, you’ll probably still be hooked thanks to the new features, but you won’t be able to shake the feeling that a bit more time could have been spent in order to make the game just that much better. All said, Skate 2 does take the crown for being the best boarding game on the market, but feels less like a sequel and more like an upgrade to the original game.
85
Xbox 360Kombo.com
Skate 2 is a great way to get 2009 rolling. For those unfamiliar with the Skate franchise, start here. For those that played Skate, the sequel offers a tighter and more enjoyable experience. Skate 2 is perfect for both quick sessions and marathon gaming.
85
Xbox 360MS Xbox World
Despite its occasional control flaws and sometimes unfriendly camera, Skate 2 still delivers a refreshing experience that continues to leave all other games of its kind, including the now archaic Tony Hawk franchise, eating asphalt. It is very sad that Black Box, the developers behind the Skate games were one of the EA-owned studios hardest hit by the parent company’s recent cutbacks, as their latest effort is truly worthy of praise. With a enjoyable sequel that improves upon the original in nearly every aspect, one can only wonder what Black Box might have done with Skate 3. Here is hoping that the remaining staff will be able to keep the franchise alive once they are absorbed into EA’s Burnaby studio.
85
Xbox 360ZTGameDomain
Skate 2 is a well-crafted experience that fans of the original are sure to love. If you never managed to grasp the right stick control scheme this sequel is not going to change your opinion of the series. However, if you have been on the sidelines for a while and have never checked out EA's alternative to the Tony Hawk monopoly now is the best chance to dive in. The game prides itself on simplistic controls and a focus on skating rather than performing inane tasks and worrying too much about a tacked-on narrative. Skate 2 continues to up the ante for genre forcing Activision to really step up for the next chapter of Tony Hawk.
85
Xbox 360Middle East Gamers (MEgamers)
A great addition to a successful new franchise, one which looks to be really promising. Move over, Tony Hawk!
85
PlayStation 3ZTGameDomain
Skate 2 is a well-crafted experience that fans of the original are sure to love. If you never managed to grasp the right stick control scheme this sequel is not going to change your opinion of the series. However, if you have been on the sidelines for a while and have never checked out EA's alternative to the Tony Hawk monopoly now is the best chance to dive in. The game prides itself on simplistic controls and a focus on skating rather than performing inane tasks and worrying too much about a tacked-on narrative. Skate 2 continues to up the ante for genre forcing Activision to really step up for the next chapter of Tony Hawk.
85
PlayStation 3Playstation Universe
The changes that have been made, most notably a significant boost to the move set, make Skate 2 as good a sequel as we could have wished for. In our eyes, it's going to take a masterpiece to knock it off its throne.
84
Xbox 360Cheat Code Central
Skate 2 is a great game, and, in fact, it is the best skating game to date, so I recommend it to everyone. This game is very successful because it makes players want to go skate. I think the game will click with current skaters even more. It does have some problems, but besides the running controls and the steep learning curve, there is not a better skating game out there. So go out, buy it, play it, and enjoy another great game from Black Box.
84
PlayStation 3Cheat Code Central
Skate 2 is a great game, and, in fact, it is the best skating game to date, so I recommend it to everyone. This game is very successful because it makes players want to go skate. I think the game will click with current skaters even more. It does have some problems, but besides the running controls and the steep learning curve, there is not a better skating game out there. So go out, buy it, play it, and enjoy another great game from Black Box.
83
Xbox 360Gaming Age
Normally I don't believe there is room for two games within such a similar genre, but with Tony Hawk out of the picture, at least for this year, Skate 2 is not only a great alternative for the Tony Hawk fan, but a great game in its own right. You just have to have a bit more patience is all. A comparison would be asking a Tekken fan to love Virtua Fighter; Both games are great, but one takes a more serious approach to the genre which will eliminate a good portion of casual fans who don't want to learn the intricacies of the game. In the end, Skate 2 is a must buy for fans of the first, and a give it a try for fans of Tony Hawk. Love it or hate it, it's the only game in town.
83
Xbox 360IGN
Skate 2 is technically an improvement over the first title, and anyone who hadn't yet played the original should skip it and go right to the second. It's a really fun game that allows you to play it the way you want with a control scheme that is second-to-none at the moment. However, it's far from perfect. The story presentation has issues, the on-foot controls suck and it can feel a little too similar to the first game on the whole. Again though, for all its issues, Skate 2 is still a hell of a lot of fun and anyone into skateboarding titles should look no further for the best thing on the market right now.
83
Xbox 360Da Gameboyz
Overall, Skate 2 is an upgrade over the original instalment. The multiplayer aspects have strengthened, the skater physics are impressive, and the single player component is very deep. Skate 2 does have a tendency to be a tad unforgiving as you progress through the game but if you have patience and demonstrate persistence Skate 2 is a beatable game. For fans of the genre and Xbox 360 owners alike, Skate 2 stands as arguable the best skateboarding game we have seen to date.
83
Xbox 360Game Shark
Though Skate 2 doesn’t differ greatly from the original it does stand well on its own. Despite how the game can be frustrating at times for all the wrong reasons you can’t help but enjoy yourself when you are nailing tricks and catching huge air off of a quarter pipe. The game isn’t flawless, but it is solid where it counts and does drive the series forward if only by a small margin.
83
PlayStation 3IGN
Skate 2 is technically an improvement over the first title, and anyone who hadn't yet played the original should skip it and go right to the second. It's a really fun game that allows you to play it the way you want with a control scheme that is second-to-none at the moment. However, it's far from perfect. The story presentation has issues, the on-foot controls suck and it can feel a little too similar to the first game on the whole. Again though, for all its issues, Skate 2 is still a hell of a lot of fun and anyone into skateboarding titles should look no further for the best thing on the market right now.
83
PlayStation 3PSX Extreme
SKATE 2 is great fun, and fans of the original will no doubt love it more than the first. Yes, there are still some gripes to be had, mostly dealing with control issues, but they don't hurt the game nearly enough to damage the experience significantly. With a larger campaign mode, a better playground, more tricks, the Hall of Meat mode, and enjoyable cut-scenes, SKATE 2 is worth the price of admission. Let's just hope that the next game takes it up a notch and blows the first two out of the water.
83
PlayStation 3Game Shark
Though Skate 2 doesn’t differ greatly from the original it does stand well on its own. Despite how the game can be frustrating at times for all the wrong reasons you can’t help but enjoy yourself when you are nailing tricks and catching huge air off of a quarter pipe. The game isn’t flawless, but it is solid where it counts and does drive the series forward if only by a small margin.
82
Xbox 360GamingTrend
While Tony Hawk has been trying to do something different, last year Skate showed them that they needed to try something new. Tony Hawk took a year off, but Skate 2 came back with a strong entry. Skate 2's more realistic feel will probably appeal more to actual skaters, and while some of the big tricks might be a bit harder to pull off, it's more satisfying when you get that trick pulled off. If you have gotten bored with the Tony Hawk formula and haven't tried the Skate series out yet, then you might want to give it a look. You'll probably find yourself pleasantly surprised.
82
Xbox 360XboxAddict
With the Tony Hawk series being on hiatus this year, choosing Skate 2 will have little or no regrets. Hopefully when the next iteration releases, EA will learn from Skate 2’s shortcomings and once again feel fresh and new. Skate 2 is worthy of the purchase and will keep you entertained for as long as you allow it. Creating new spots and sharing them; along with the Hall of Meat is more than enough fun to warrant the purchase alone regardless of its faults.
81
Xbox 360Gamer 2.0
In the end, it’s all about cruising a breathing, bustling, candy-coated city, eyeing a gorgeous line begging to be owned, moving some rails and ramps into place, laying down the session marker, and working your ass off until you get it right. If you loved the first, you’ll love the second, and if you hated the first, you’ll hate this one even more. This isn’t over-the-top arcade skating, but it is the closest alternative to the real thing.
81
PlayStation 3Gamer 2.0
In the end, it’s all about cruising a breathing, bustling, candy-coated city, eyeing a gorgeous line begging to be owned, moving some rails and ramps into place, laying down the session marker, and working your ass off until you get it right. If you loved the first, you’ll love the second, and if you hated the first, you’ll hate this one even more. This isn’t over-the-top arcade skating, but it is the closest alternative to the real thing.
80
PlayStation 3Jeux Vidéo Network
Plus souple, plus complet, Skate 2 corrige nombre d’écueils de son prédécesseur et multiplie les possibilités du joueur. De la simulation accessible, fun et spectaculaire. Un cocktail rare et grisant !
80
Xbox 360Jeux Vidéo Network
Plus souple, plus complet, Skate 2 corrige nombre d’écueils de son prédécesseur et multiplie les possibilités du joueur. De la simulation accessible, fun et spectaculaire. Un cocktail rare et grisant !
80
Xbox 360Blend Games
Games of Skate 2's difficulty aren't released very often these days and while it's a gratifying game to ultimately master, it can also be a frustrating, punishing experience. Better tutorials or difficulty level adjusters may have been enough to bridge the gap for casual gamers but unfortunately, this is a "one size fits all" effort. While most players might not stick it out and finish the career mode, they'll certainly have a lot of fun wandering the city (alone or with friends) to find new jumps and grinds. There aren't many skateboarding video games out there so it seems smart-ass to say this is the best skateboarding game for Xbox 360 and PS3 but Skate 2 is worthy of the distinction.
80
Xbox 360Official XBox Magazine
Though not without its faults, Skate 2 is one of the most realistic, challenging, and fulfilling skateboarding games around. And it’s better than having your skin flayed off by asphalt.
80
Xbox 360videogamer.com
There's no question that Skate 2 is a high quality game, packed to the brim with things to do and one of the best control schemes we've ever had the fortune to use. For hardcore Skate players the new moves, altered city and new features (getting off your board, moving objects) will make Skate 2 essential, but at the same time perhaps not as big a leap over the original as they'd have liked. For everyone else, if you've got time to kill and fancy yourself as the next Tony Hawk, Skate 2 is well worth it. It's hard and often punishing to the point of frustration, but the rewards make up for all the effort.
80
Xbox 360GameZone
Skate 2 is a solid, albeit incremental, improvement over the first Skate.
80
Xbox 360Atomic Gamer
Skate 2 does a good job of adding new features and moves while trying to innovate the style and keep everything fun, but there's still a few things missing that could have made it a classic. The career mode goal structure needs a little more freedom and less frustration, the local multiplayer modes need split-screen play, and the online modes could use a fix for the lag. Even considering the issues, this is still a great skateboarding game, and really can be a lot of fun if you get into learning the controls, editing your own replays and videos, and putting together some good Hall of Meat bails with your friends online.
80
Xbox 360Extreme Gamer
If you had any doubt, Skate 2 is worth the upgrade and is still a welcomed runner in the genre. For new gamers that are fresh to Skate, you should check out the series to see what it is all about. Keep in mind that the controls and precise nature of the challenges can be a little frustrating, but it comes with a little persistance. Aside from a moderate learning curve, Skate 2 is solidifying the franchises spot in the gaming market for the time being.
80
Xbox 360GamePro (US)
Skate 2 does have a lot to offer but it falls short in a lot of ways. Its realism feel is great when it comes to technical aspects like tricks and controsl but it's taken one step too far. If I wanted to get harassed by security and constantly get intimate with the asphalt, I would go hop on a skateboard in real life. Still, the solid multiplayer and incremental improvements make this a compelling choice for virtual skaters. And hopefully, they'll get it right with Skate 3.
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Xbox 360Gamer.nl
Skate 2 is het meest realistische skateboardspel tot dusver. Ontwikkelaar Black Box heeft op een puike wijze voortgeborduurd op het succesvolle spelconcept van het origineel door het gros van de scherpe randjes bij te vijlen en de stad een metamorfose te laten ondergaan. Ook de vernieuwingen mogen als meer dan welkome toevoegingen beschouwd worden, al voorkomt ietwat meer finesse bij de uitwerking van zowel het technische aspect als de besturing van het loopgedeelte dat het spel een nog hoger cijfer toegekend wordt.
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Xbox 360GameDaily
In Skate 2, Electronic Arts took the original's excellent gameplay and added new features to enhance the experience. Being able to modify grabs, tweaks, hand plants and other moves with an analog stick adds depth, and you can move objects to modify your tricks, such as benches and dumpsters. Off-the-board walking controls make your skater feel sluggish, but the wealth of options makes this an almost non-issue. In addition, the visuals look amazing, thanks to well-animated skaters and the detailed city of San Vanelona. A mix of classic and alternative tunes only adds to the impressive experience. Skate 2 is also an ideal choice for multiplayer action, thanks to enjoyable online skating sessions; solo players will also love the career mode. Be sure to grab your digital board and bust out some tricks.
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Xbox 360Gamestyle
The problem facing this game is that, despite the weight of expectation placed upon it, without anything as different or evolutionary as the ‘flickit’ system which made the first game, Skate 2 was always going to struggle to make the same impression. What Skate 2 does offer is a more refined experience with a much better online engine. Although it feels a little too much like a retread of the first game at times, there’s enough new content to keep things fresh and the game offers more than enough challenge to keep you hooked. Once again, the developers have provided an excellent game, thoroughly deserving of your time and attention.
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Xbox 360D+PAD Magazine
As a sequel, Skate 2 comfortably sits ahead of its predecessor. Offering a city full of opportunity and freedom, Black Box has done an admirable job in welcoming newcomers and appeasing series veterans. With a bulky career and set of multiplayer modes full of challenge and variety, the game begs to be played whether or not you have a group of friends ready to board with. With this, EA has hammered another nail into the coffin of the Tony Hawk series, as the future of Activision’s seminal skater looks bleak, if not redundant. Skate 2 highlights the premise of evolution excellently with its minor, yet impressive changes reinforcing its position as the best skateboarding game available on the market today.
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Xbox 360InsideGamer
Skate 2 is een oerdegelijke game, maar houdt de aandacht helaas niet altijd bij het skateboarden zelf. Desondanks kun je deze opvolger blind aanschaffen als je het eerste deel geweldig vond en is dit voor nieuwelingen een uitgelezen kans om bekend te worden met Skate. De controls werken nog altijd voortreffelijk, het blijft voldoening geven om tricks perfect uit te voeren en het is wederom aangenaam vertoeven in San Vanelona.
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Xbox 360Boomtown
That said, this isn't a perfect game. There are some annoyances with the traffic and the ability to place the scenery. If you're a fan of the original or a fan of skating games in general then this might be a title to go for. This is a step up from last year so if you were on the fence then this might be time to take the plunge.
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Xbox 360Thunderbolt Games
Regardless, Skate 2 is still a blast. If you’ve done all you can in Skate, then it’s worth picking up to extend your adventure. For newcomers, it may be better to try the original first and just spend time skating around and learning all the tricks on offer. Maybe it was because it was something new, but for me, the original Skate was a much more enjoyable experience. Skate 2 builds on that, it just can’t quite capture the magic. But don’t let that put you off, it’s a hard task matching Skate’s high expectations.
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PlayStation 3GameDaily
In Skate 2, Electronic Arts took the original's excellent gameplay and added new features to enhance the experience. Being able to modify grabs, tweaks, hand plants and other moves with an analog stick adds depth, and you can move objects to modify your tricks, such as benches and dumpsters. Off-the-board walking controls make your skater feel sluggish, but the wealth of options makes this an almost non-issue. In addition, the visuals look amazing, thanks to well-animated skaters and the detailed city of San Vanelona. A mix of classic and alternative tunes only adds to the impressive experience. Skate 2 is also an ideal choice for multiplayer action, thanks to enjoyable online skating sessions; solo players will also love the career mode. Be sure to grab your digital board and bust out some tricks.
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PlayStation 3GameTrailers
Just like the first game, Skate 2 is a lot more enjoyable if you just look for spots to work from every conceivable angle and go to town. It’s when you attempt to actually complete the game’s career mode that things start to bog down as you’re forced to endure the finicky, imprecise trick controls, awkward on-foot movement, repetitive mission objectives, and god awful racing. But when you’re on-board, cruising down the sidewalk looking for an edge to grind or slide it really comes into its own. If you’re a goal-oriented player then rent first, but if you’re open to gleaning fun without any set of rules, pick up Skate 2 and start ripping.
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PlayStation 3Extreme Gamer
If you had any doubt, Skate 2 is worth the upgrade and is still a welcomed runner in the genre. For new gamers that are fresh to Skate, you should check out the series to see what it is all about. Keep in mind that the controls and precise nature of the challenges can be a little frustrating, but it comes with a little persistance. Aside from a moderate learning curve, Skate 2 is solidifying the franchises spot in the gaming market for the time being.
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PlayStation 3Eurogamer.net (UK)
At its best Skate 2 calls to mind the finest freeform moments of Mirror's Edge, plotting lines through dense urban environments, grinding along benches, weaving in and out of pedestrians and traffic in one long, glorious, uninterrupted flow. Thanks to the sober realism of the physics this kind of combo'ing is more satisfying than it ever was in a Tony Hawks game, even if it's ten times more hard-won and less impressive to a casual observer. Often you will finish a challenge only to freeskate around distracted for twenty minutes before remembering to move onto the next. But for the vast majority of players there will be a challenge hurdle at some point that is just too high to overcome. It's no accident: the game has been designed that way. It's testament to the strength of the surrounding package that Skate 2 continues to be compelling place to inhabit even after its primary purpose is gone and all that's left is the playground.
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PlayStation 3videogamer.com
There's no question that Skate 2 is a high quality game, packed to the brim with things to do and one of the best control schemes we've ever had the fortune to use. For hardcore Skate players the new moves, altered city and new features (getting off your board, moving objects) will make Skate 2 essential, but at the same time perhaps not as big a leap over the original as they'd have liked. For everyone else, if you've got time to kill and fancy yourself as the next Tony Hawk, Skate 2 is well worth it. It's hard and often punishing to the point of frustration, but the rewards make up for all the effort.
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PlayStation 3InsideGamer
Skate 2 is een oerdegelijke game, maar houdt de aandacht helaas niet altijd bij het skateboarden zelf. Desondanks kun je deze opvolger blind aanschaffen als je het eerste deel geweldig vond en is dit voor nieuwelingen een uitgelezen kans om bekend te worden met Skate. De controls werken nog altijd voortreffelijk, het blijft voldoening geven om tricks perfect uit te voeren en het is wederom aangenaam vertoeven in San Vanelona.
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PlayStation 3GameZone
Skate 2 does manage to pull of some refreshingly new and stylish moves that should please fans of the first game. Despite its few technical problems, though, it makes the trip back to San Van well worth it. You might even say that this is an improvement over the first game so if you missed out on the original you should definitely pick this one up.
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Xbox 360Game 2.0
Γενικά το Skate 2 αξίζει την προσοχή, αν και δεν πρόκειται για κάτι ριζοσπαστικό σε σχέση με τον προηγούμενο τίτλο. Είναι μεγαλύτερο και ομορφότερο, κάποιοι νέοι μηχανισμοί gameplay έχουν ενσωματωθεί σωστά, ενώ κάποιοι άλλοι όχι. Γενικά, αν είστε νέοι στην σειρά, απλά αγνοήστε το πρώτο Skate και ξεκινήστε από εδώ. Ως προς τους… βεταράνους, αυτοί θα απολαύσουν ιδιαίτερα το εξαιρετικό Freeskate mode. Τέλος, όσοι από εσάς ασχολούνται προσωπικά με το skateboarding, επιβάλλεται να αγοράσουν το Skate 2.
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Xbox 360UOL Jogos
"Skate 2" aposta na mesma mecânica de jogo inovadora e intuitiva que tanto marcou o original e acrescenta novidades o bastante para justificar uma sequência. A cidade de New San Vanelona é encantadora e divertida de explorar, os truques no skate variados e a possibilidade de mover objetos e personalizar pistas é mais do que bem vinda. Pena que probleminhas chatos prejudiquem os controles e o desenrolar das missões a ponto de frustrar em certos momentos. Ainda assim, obrigatório para fãs da prancha de rodinhas e mais um bom motivo para a Activision se esforçar mais no próximo "Tony Hawk".
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PlayStation 3UOL Jogos
"Skate 2" aposta na mesma mecânica de jogo inovadora e intuitiva que tanto marcou o original e acrescenta novidades o bastante para justificar uma sequência. A cidade de New San Vanelona é encantadora e divertida de explorar, os truques no skate variados e a possibilidade de mover objetos e personalizar pistas é mais do que bem vinda. Pena que probleminhas chatos prejudiquem os controles e o desenrolar das missões a ponto de frustrar em certos momentos. Ainda assim, obrigatório para fãs da prancha de rodinhas e mais um bom motivo para a Activision se esforçar mais no próximo "Tony Hawk".
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Xbox 360IGN Australia
For us, Skate 2 is about hopping into Freeskate, turning off the pedestrians, the cars and the security, and just losing ourselves in the environment and the mechanics. That's fantastic, but we can't help but think how much better it would be if the team had fixed those damn bail animations and given us the tools to make the mother of all skate videos.
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PlayStation 3AusGamers
Skate 2 is still an enjoyable game. The Flickit controls are still top-notch and the size of the game-world and freedom you have within it (in Free Skate) are all still awesome elements, it just seems as though EA and Black Box forgot what it was they crafted with the first game. More isn't always necessarily better, and giving us rudimentary tasks irrelevant to skating or skate-culture negate the freedom the sport promotes. Career Mode just feels too forced and treats the player like an idiot most of the time, leaving Free Skate one of the key reasons to play, and thankfully there's just enough new to warrant a look if you've already explored every nook and cranny in the first game - just don't go expecting the same magic as the first offered.
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PlayStation 3IGN Australia
For us, Skate 2 is about hopping into Freeskate, turning off the pedestrians, the cars and the security, and just losing ourselves in the environment and the mechanics. That's fantastic, but we can't help but think how much better it would be if the team had fixed those damn bail animations and given us the tools to make the mother of all skate videos.
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PlayStation 3Good Game
The tutorials and in game references aren’t really extensive enough for non skaters- I found myself doing a websearch just to work out what some events were actually asking me to do, I agree it’s a better game Jung, but I tired a little quicker this time around, I’m giving it 7.5
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Xbox 360Gaming Nexus
Skate 2 isn't the innovative sequel that some people had been hoping for, but that doesn't mean it's not fun. With plenty of new areas to explore, some cool new challenges and a bunch of much-needed fixes, Skate 2 is a fantastic follow-up to an already stellar skateboarding game. Casual gamers may find the game's learning curve too much for them, but hardcore fans will eat this game up!
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Xbox 360GameSpot
Even if you've played a lot of Skate, there are definitely enough new features and improvements in Skate 2 to make it worth a look. The presentation is slick, the controls are great, and at times you really do feel like you're skateboarding. It’s unfortunate that things get dragged down by the occasionally frustrating and buggy challenges; that walking on foot isn’t handled better; and that the game’s physics and artificial intelligence aren’t consistent and sometimes get in the way of the gameplay; because Skate 2 has so much to offer. Oh, and the bone-breaking bails that would kill you in real life are just another way to earn money here, so Skate 2 is not only a fun alternative to taking to the streets, it's a safe one.
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Xbox 360Vandal Online
En definitiva, nos encontramos ante un título que está destinado a satisfacer las necesidades de los apasionados por el monopatín y que incluye importantes novedades con respecto a su predecesor. Creemos que Skate 2 tiene camino por recorrer para seguir depurando su control, pese a los pasos dados en este sentido, pero, sobre todo, da la sensación de tener una importante proyección de futuro mientras va construyéndose y evolucionando.
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Xbox 360Armchair Empire, The
In the end, despite the lengthy learning curve and a few aesthetic hiccups, Skate 2 is just about the finest and most feature-filled skating game you'll find that fans will eagerly eat up, as well as a slew of patient newcomers looking to stick it to the man with their gnarly and righteous skater skills.
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PlayStation 3GameSpot
Even if you've played a lot of Skate, there are definitely enough new features and improvements in Skate 2 to make it worth a look. The presentation is slick, the controls are great, and at times you really do feel like you're skateboarding. It’s unfortunate that things get dragged down by the occasionally frustrating and buggy challenges; that walking on foot isn’t handled better; and that the game’s physics and artificial intelligence aren’t consistent and sometimes get in the way of the gameplay; because Skate 2 has so much to offer. Oh, and the bone-breaking bails that would kill you in real life are just another way to earn money here, so Skate 2 is not only a fun alternative to taking to the streets, it's a safe one.
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PlayStation 3Vandal Online
En definitiva, nos encontramos ante un título que está destinado a satisfacer las necesidades de los apasionados por el monopatín y que incluye importantes novedades con respecto a su predecesor. Creemos que Skate 2 tiene camino por recorrer para seguir depurando su control, pese a los pasos dados en este sentido, pero, sobre todo, da la sensación de tener una importante proyección de futuro mientras va construyéndose y evolucionando.
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Xbox 360Pelaajalehti
Harmittaa, että Skate 2 tuntuu niin viimeistelemättömältä. Tasainen ruudunpäivitys ja helpompi liikkuminen ilman lautaa olisivat pitäneet olla oletusarvoisesti kunnossa. Ykkösen faneille tämä on silti varma hankinta, ja yhteisöominaisuudet kuten videoiden ja kuvien jakaminen ovat varmasti edellistä peliä suuremmassa osassa.
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Xbox 360Edge
Despite the pleasures of returning to such a well-constructed sandbox that offers many distractions, Black Box’s sequel ultimately struggles to offer any single compelling justification for its own existence. The execution is still sharp, but the game as a whole feels slightly pointless.
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PlayStation 3Play.tm
On this basis Skate 2 is great value for those who hadn't splashed the cash on the first game, but for us who have sampled EA's skating wares before, there isn't really enough here to justify spending again.
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PlayStation 3Edge
Despite the pleasures of returning to such a well-constructed sandbox that offers many distractions, Black Box’s sequel ultimately struggles to offer any single compelling justification for its own existence. The execution is still sharp, but the game as a whole feels slightly pointless.
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Xbox 360Game Revolution
All in all, Skate 2 end up feeling more like Skate 1.5. It’s got more polish and moves than the first, but most of the new ideas don’t feel like they were given the time to be fleshed out properly. There is a lot of fun to be had in the freedom of exploration, but the game lacks proper balance. And balance is key to being a pro.
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PlayStation 3Good Game
IF you’ve played the first Skate, the new stuff might not be enough to drag you back into the Sequel. It’s definitely a better game though, I’m giving it 8/10.