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GameSpy ( )

With skate, EA has delivered the next step in the evolution of skateboarding games, and though it took a while before we got it, it's been well worth the wait. With its organic controls, beautiful visuals and amazing presentation, it quickly becomes an addicting experience that's tough to stop playing, even during some of the most frustrating parts of the game. Though its online modes slightly tarnish on the experience, the rest of the game more than makes up for it. With everything it has to offer, skate proves to be the best skateboarding game out there, period. We're Sorry Tony, but it's the truth.

Sep 17th, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

Super Play (Sweden) (10 out of 10)

Skate Àr inte bara det viktigaste spel som den halvdöda "extremsport"-genren sett sedan 1999, det Àr ocksÄ ett av Ärets allra bÀsta spel - oavsett kategori.

Oct 2007 · Xbox 360

Game Freaks 365 (9.5 out of 10)

When it's all said and done, I have to review Skate. based not on my personal love for it, but the overall aesthetics and various qualities of the game. As such, I can't give it the score that accurately reflects my feelings. This is one of my favorite video games, as it so accurately portrays skateboarding and not only the difficulty of doing so, but also the feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction. There is nothing like finally landing that perfect Nollie 360 flip to nose bluntslide down that 10-set handrail that you had been trying to land smoothly for ten minutes. If you didn't understand any of the terminology I just used, you might avoid Skate. or play it just to learn more about skateboarding and skate culture. If you do, you will definitely want to pick this up.

2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

Games TM (9 out of 10)

So, despite the niggles, the very occasionally jarring physics glitches and oddly soulless career mode, Skate is undoubtedly a masterpiece. EA has given birth to a franchise that simply demands to be played and replayed, and a game that makes the still-excellent Tony Hawk's near redundant. The king is dead. Long live the king.

Sep 2007 · Xbox 360

Eurogamer.net (UK) (9 out of 10)

As a first stab at something new, EA has landed one hell of a trick for the judges - and those of us who exist outside of this tenuous analogy - to enjoy while they await the arrival of one Mr Tony Hawk to see if the Birdman has finally had his wings clipped. The demo (which went up on Live recently) certainly doesn't wow in the same way that Skate does, making declaring this the definitive extreme sports experience somewhat easier for us. Punishingly difficult but ultimately rewarding, games of Skate's caliber are a rare breed and as far as first attempts go, it's been years since we saw one this accomplished. Just... sick, man.

Sep 25th, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

Good Game (9 out of 10)

I spent 1 hour trying to pull off a trick, and just b4 final flip to get it right, I was bumped off flat on my face by a computer skater which makes me think online is going to be just FUN. I’m flipping 9/10 rubber chickens on this one JUNG.

Oct 2nd, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

Netjak (9 out of 10)

To my surprise, skate. ended up being a surprisingly good game... perhaps the most enjoyable game I have played thus far on my 360. The replay value is through the roof, the graphics look superb, controls are fun and challenging, and the whole culture of skateboarding is well represented. Even the Xbox Live features give a lot of options to those that are interested. Hell, just when I think this game couldn’t be any cooler, I find that there is a Slayer T-Shirt available at the skate shop for my character to wear, making him look even MORE like me. Sweet. In short, if you are looking for a solid new game with plenty of content to keep you busy for a few weeks, take a look at skate. As far as this gamer is concerned, Activision has a lot of work to do before the Tony Hawk series seems nearly as significant as it did before skate. hit store shelves.

Nov 13th, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

Xboxdynasty (XD) (9 out of 10)

SKATE hat seinen ganz eigenen Stil und das ist auch gut so! SpĂŒrt man die Tricks dank Flick it Steuerung richtig in den Fingern, so ist die Analog-Stick Trick Steuerung manchmal doch etwas zu kniffelig und fĂŒhrt zu so manchen Frustmoment. Ansonsten macht SKATE alles richtig und ĂŒberzeugt mit einem enormen Spielspaß.

Sep 27th, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gamestyle (9 out of 10)

Simply by moving the controls from the face-buttons to the analogue sticks – an idea so simple it's amazing no-one though of it before – EA have created the best skateboarding title in years and in doing so have redefined the rules of the entire genre. A joy to play and a game which the inevitable sequel will have to go some way to top.

Nov 18th, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

UOL Jogos ( )

Se a primeira impressĂŁo Ă© a que fica, "Skate" conseguiu a proeza de chegar atrasado e, ainda assim, desbancar uma franquia fortĂ­ssima que domina o esporte radical hĂĄ anos. É o oposto de "Tony Hawk": aqui, as manobras existem de verdade e nĂŁo hĂĄ aquele papo de evoluir as caracterĂ­sticas do seu atleta com o passar do tempo. Livre para se exibir em uma cidade cheia de vida como San Vanelona, o jogador tem contato com um sistema que reinventa o modo como o skate Ă© retratado no mundo dos games. NĂŁo bastasse isso, o game ainda apresenta um visual fora do comum e um modo online livre de "lag" e problemas semelhantes. Se a Activision chegou a pensar que a idĂ©ia de finalmente ter um concorrente Ă  altura era bacana, agora pensarĂĄ duas vezes antes de colocar um novo jogo nas prateleiras. E, com o perdĂŁo do trocadilho, "Proving Ground" Ă© a prova definitiva de que o estĂșdio precisarĂĄ pensar bastante em como retomar o topo.

Oct 19th, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

V2.fi (89 out of 100)

On todella nostettava pelintekijöille lippistÀ, sillÀ he ovat onnistuneet tekemÀÀn rehellisesti omanlaisensa rullalautailupelin. Nerokas kontrollimetodi saa pelin vÀhÀiset kilpailijat tuntumaan todella vanhanaikaisilta. Ei Skate mikÀÀn itse tÀydellisyys ole, mutta ilman muuta se on ihanan raikas henkÀys jo pitkÀÀn paikallaan polkeneeseen skeittipelitilanteeseen. TÀmÀn lÀhemmÀksi oikeata rullalautailua ei peliohjaimella pÀÀse.

Nov 12th, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

Fragland.net (89 out of 100)

Despite some minor downpoints, skate. has become a great game although I'm not sure everyone will concur with that opinion. EA's skateboardsim is also a game for those that like finesse, with a heart for the gentle sport. The game is, no matter how cliché it may sound, made by and for skaters and is for me one of the biggest surprises of 2007.

Jan 4th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gamesmania.de (88 out of 100)

Nach vielen Jahren völlig ĂŒbertriebener Skateboard Tricks, prĂ€sentiert EA den Sport authentisch. Zwar werden Arcade Fans und Gelegenheitsspieler nach wie vor zur ebenfalls guten und deutlich zugĂ€nglicheren Tony Hawk Serie greifen, Profis und echte Skateboard Fans bekommen jedoch erstmalig eine realistische Alternative geboten. Uns hat es sehr viel Spaß gemacht, sich Tricks und spektakulĂ€re Aktionen hart zu erarbeiten und diese dann im Video Editor zusĂ€tzlich zu verfeinern. Wer bereit ist, sich auf diesen anspruchsvollen Titel einzulassen und auf unrealistische Bombastaction verzichten kann, liegt bei "Skate" richtig! EA zeigt, dass der Sport bei entsprechender Inszenierung auch im Rahmen realistischer Aktionen Ă€ußerst sehenswert ist!

Oct 12th, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

XBox Front (88 out of 100)

Skate ist eine echte Alternative zur Tony Hawk-Reihe geworden. Besonders die Steuerung macht den Unterschied, denn durch sie fĂŒhlt sich das Skaten einfach realistischer an. Wer auf Realismus steht, der greift lieber zu Skate als zu Tony Hawk. Aber auch bei den Missionen weiß der EA Konkurrent zu ĂŒberzeugen, wobei man sich hier doch sehr vom großen Vorbild hat inspirieren lassen – Aber lieber gut geklaut als schlecht selber gemacht.

Oct 12th, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

games xtreme (8.8 out of 10)

A game with a lot of potential but a few flaws that are significant to hold it back from greatness.

Oct 21st, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

4Players.de (86 out of 100)

skate braucht Zeit, skate braucht einen geduldigen Spieler, der idealerweise das ruhige HĂ€ndchen eines Neurochirurgen hat. Schon die Tony Hawk-Games sind mit Dutzenden Kombos nicht die einsteigerfreundlichsten Spiele aller Zeiten, skate setzt da nochmal locker einen drauf: Ein guter Trick ist hier keine austauschbare Animation, die man ohne Probleme 14 Mal in einer Line zĂŒnden kann. Ein guter Trick ist hier harte Arbeit. Das beinhaltet natĂŒrlich enormes Frustpotenzial, entfaltet aber nach einer Weile der Gewöhnung aber auch eine Befriedigung, die es in diesem Genre bislang nicht gab: Wenn ein Trick gut gelandet wird, hat man das GefĂŒhl, ihn sich auch verdient zu haben! Wenn ihr ein Faible fĂŒr Funsportgames pflegt und kein Problem damit habt, euch frustrieren zu lassen, dann ist skate fĂŒr euch gegenwĂ€rtig das Spiel der Wahl!

Sep 25th, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

Gamer 2.0 (8.6 out of 10)

Skate finally settles the question of whether two skateboarding games can co-exist. It offers more realistic gameplay that will appeal to those who have wanted a more down-to-earth style of skateboarding game. You really feel every movement in your hands, and when it happens on-screen, it only seems right. The online play and community add a lot to the package, and will keep you playing for a long time to come. If you've been waiting all these years for a reason to get lost in a skateboarding game that does the sport justice-and also happens to be a ton of fun to jam with-skate was made for you.

Sep 21st, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

Kombo.com (8.5 out of 10)

We could list a bunch of miniscule complaints we have about Skate, but when all is said and done, it's a whole lot of fun to play. This is especially true when you first start playing. Bottom line: the analog stick-based Flickit controls beat the pants off conventional button presses for doing flip tricks. As time goes on, the novelty of it does wear off, though, and Skate begins to feel like just a more realistic version of a Tony Hawk game. This might bother some, but it could be exactly what others are looking for. Regardless of some small faults, when it gets down to it, if you're at all into skateboarding, you simply have to play Skate.

Sep 20th, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

Good Game (8.5 out of 10)

I’ve never really been into skating games, but I kept coming back to SKATE for it’s phsyics and true to life feel, 8.5/10 from me.

Oct 2nd, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

360 LIVE (8.5 out of 10)

(...) Erstaunlich ist vor allen die Tatsache, dass »Skate« sich durch sein Tricksystem und den Schwerpunkt auf FeingefĂŒhl und Balance so deutlich von »Tony Hawk's« unterscheidet. Das Spiel wirkt einfach lebensechter. Maximilian Kappe: »FĂŒhlt sich ziemlich gut an, ziemlich real.« Finden wir auch.

Sep 2007 · Xbox 360

Play.tm (85 out of 100)

On balance, I personally will probably stick with the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series. But there is definitely an audience out there for Skate. It is a very well made game and will be appreciated more by those who would prefer a bit more realism. That leaves the game with a very respectable score in my book.

Nov 6th, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

XboxAchievements (83 out of 100)

Skate is the first game that can ever stand up to the infamous Tony Hawk series. It is a very fun experience and a must play for any Tony Hawk fans or skaters who want a realistic approach at skating in video games. Although I personally prefer the classic arcade feel to Tony Hawk games, Skate is a great game for you to feel like you are actually skateboarding. I highly recommend Skate to all skateboarding enthusiasts.

Jan 26th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Atomic Gamer (83 out of 100)

With some tweaks, I think that EA has a hit franchise on their hands here with skate. If they can improve the functionality of their replay video features and inject maybe a bit more fun into some of the goals and the online play, I think that a sequel has a really good chance of becoming the most popular skateboarding game ever. But for this game, the controls are still new to so many players and a few too many areas of the game - ones with a lot of potential - simply didn't have the time spent that they needed. And while I can't ever really recommend that a new game be immediately inducted into a yearly rehash like EA's sports games often do, I'm looking forward to skate 2 whenever it does happen.

Sep 21st, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

Games TM (8 out of 10)

[Online review] While Skate's online functionality is largely excellent, it's occasionally crippled by lag, making races especially near impossible. As is usual the case, an online update should help to fix it, but those wanting to create immaculate lines may struggle. Still, the effort that EA Black Box has put in to make Skate the ultimate extreme sports title extends to its online modes, and for that, it must be commended. Just be prepared to do a lot of waiting.

Oct 2007 · Xbox 360

Digital Spy ( )

Skate is a superb example of how an extreme sports game should be done. It’s packed with challenges, has an enormous environment to explore, a fantastic array of tricks and moves to perform and its play mechanics are easily the most accomplished yet seen in a game of this genre. For casual gamers, Tony Hawk is more suited for its ease of play, but for those up for a challenge and who want something more playable in the long-run, this is it.

Sep 28th, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

GamesAreFun.com (GAF) (8 out of 10)

So, has skate. got what it takes to become the new king of the skateboarding video game genre? Well, until I play the newest TH game, I can't say for sure. But, I can say that it definitely has a good shot at the title. skate. is a very good and enjoyable first attempt by EA. If skate.2 can fix what needs to be fixed, add a few new things and keep what worked from skate.... well, Tony Hawk might want to be ready for a fight.

Jul 15th, 2008 · Xbox 360 · read review

Jeuxvideo.com (16 out of 20)

Skate a su se différencier intelligemment de la concurrence grùce à sa jouabilité innovante. Alors bien sûr, tout n'est pas encore parfait, mais pour les débuts d'EA sur le skate-park c'est prometteur. D'abord, parce que cette nouvelle approche est rafraßchissante, ensuite parce qu'un peu de concurrence ne peut que profiter aux joueurs en mettant plus de choix à leur disposition et en tirant la qualité vers le haut. Et avec cette nouvelle opposition qui débarque, voilà qui devrait éviter à l'habituel monopolisateur du genre de s'endormir sur ses lauriers. A bon entendeur...

Oct 2nd, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

Defunct Games (80 out of 100)

I had a real hard time scoring Skate. While it's easy for me to pick the game apart and tell you all the things I didn't like about it, the truth is that I really enjoyed this brand new take on the skateboarding genre. Most of my critiques are based more on what the competition is doing and less on what EA attempted to bring to the genre. Electronic Arts is off to a good start with Skate and I definitely hope they continue with it and make it an even better game next time around. If you've been looking for an alternative to the Tony Hawk games then this is it, just don't go in expecting this to be the same kind of over-the-top arcade sports game that the Activision series is known for. And in a lot of ways that's a good thing.

Oct 23rd, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

TTGamer (7.5 out of 10)

Simply put, SKATE is going to be the skate boarding enthusiast's wet dream when it comes to videogames. While series in the past like THPS have focused on huge air with insane tricks, SKATE is quite the opposite, featuring realistic air, plausible tricks and an bias towards technical prowess. This is all mainly thanks to the fact the game is played out in a fully featured physics engine with realistic gravity, velocity, momentum, collision detection etc, creating a very true to life feel to the game. In other words, things you don't expect to be possible in real life probably won't work in this game either.

Oct 23rd, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) ( )

Skate is a worthwhile venture on four wheels, but the control scheme and camera might cause some players to shy away. There are some fantastic ideas here and a chic front end that impresses. If you’ve got the time, and you want to experience the frustration, mutilation and eventual triumph of skateboarding, then this is your game. For those who are rooted in tradition, I hear those “other guys” have a new one out as well.

Nov 25th, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

Computer Bild Spiele (2.58 out of 6)

Die Stadt San Vanelona begeistert mit ihrer GrĂ¶ĂŸe und den vielen Standorten fĂŒr Skateboard-Tricks. Sie ist detailliert ins Bild gesetzt, und die Bewegungen des Skateboardfahrers sind kaum von der RealitĂ€t zu unterscheiden. Leider stören hĂ€ufige Ladezeiten den Spielablauf. Mit der eigenwilligen Spielsteuerung können Sie zudem nicht alle Tricks vorfĂŒhren, die Ihnen in den Sinn kommen. Ein Handstand etwa ist nicht möglich. Die verlangten Stunts sind aber oft so unglaublich schwierig, dass Sie nicht selten das Pad an die Wand werfen möchten. Echte Skateboard-Profis sind hier gefragt - die finden das Spiel dann sicher auch besser als "befriedigend".

Oct 3rd, 2007 · Xbox 360

G4 TV: X-Play ( )

While Skate isn’t exactly eating Tony’s lunch yet, it’s a really strong first entry into what is sure to become a long-running series. The folks at Black Box (makers of the Need for Speed games) have released a bang-up rookie effort in the skating genre, with enough interesting ideas that anyone who’s been playing Activision’s games for the past few years definitely needs to check it out. A must buy? Not really. But surely a must-play.

Oct 23rd, 2007 · Xbox 360 · read review

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Critic reviews added by Patrick Bregger, Parf, Jeanne, Tim Janssen, CalaisianMindthief, beetle120, Wizo, Big John WV, chirinea, Picard, jaXen, Cavalary, Cantillon, Jacob Gens.