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Gameplayer (Australia) (Jan 20, 2009)
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!
1UP (Jan 21, 2009)
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 (Feb 25, 2009)
Es ist am Ende vielleicht am meisten die „2“ im Titel, die mich stört. „Remixed“, „Reloaded“ oder „Remastered“ hätte besser gepasst und damit verdeutlicht, dass trotz neuem San Vanelona und erweiterter Moves eigentlich alles beim Alten blieb. Aber angesichts der hohen Qualität dieses Alten kann man das einmal – aber auch wirklich nur einmal – durchgehen lassen. Und dabei spielt auch mit hinein, dass ich mir eigentlich kaum vorstellen kann, wie man ein Skater-Game essentiell besser als das hier gestalten sollte. Skate 2 ist immer noch ein Traum von einem Sportspiel, das die eventuelle Rückkehr von Altmeister Hawk sicher nicht einfacher machen wird.
GameSpy (Jan 22, 2009)
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 (Jan 23, 2009)
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.
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.
NZGamer (Jan 30, 2009)
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!
GamingExcellence (Mar 31, 2009)
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.
DarkZero (Feb 08, 2009)
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.
Gameplanet (Feb 16, 2009)
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 (Jan 30, 2009)
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.
Game Over Online (Jan 27, 2009)
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.
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.
GamingXP (Feb 16, 2009)
„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.
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.
PlayStation Universe (Jan 28, 2009)
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.
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.
IGN (Jan 19, 2009)
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.
PSX Extreme (Jan 20, 2009)
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.
Game Shark (Feb 12, 2009)
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.
Gamer 2.0 (Jan 19, 2009)
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.
Giant Bomb (Jan 26, 2009)
While the career mode of Skate 2 lacks focus, the open-ended nature of it works out pretty well, and the additional online components really add a lot to the overall experience, as well. Some players may find the difficulty or the open progression a bit overwhelming at times, but the advances in the trick system and the new ways to play make Skate 2 a great sequel that further capitalizes on the concepts introduced in the original.
Jeux Vidéo Network (May 18, 2009)
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 !
GameDaily (Jan 28, 2009)
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.
GameTrailers (Jan 25, 2009)
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.
Extreme Gamer (Jan 26, 2009)
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 (UK) (Jan 23, 2009)
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.
80 (Jan 23, 2009)
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.
InsideGamer (Jan 22, 2009)
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.
GameZone (Feb 04, 2009)
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.
UOL Jogos (Feb 04, 2009)
"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".
AusGamers (Jan 30, 2009)
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.
IGN Australia (Jan 19, 2009)
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.
76 (Jan 29, 2009)
Das Absteigen vom Board hat seinen Sinn, steuert sich aber furchtbar - genau wie das Verschieben von Objekten. Die Grafik hat meinem Empfinden nach einen Schritt zurück gemacht, besonders die Skater selbst sehen furchtbar aus. Und die deutsche Sprachausgabe... nun, irgendjemand wird's schon cool finden. Verbesserungen im Detail wie das Beamen zu Aufgaben oder die kooperativen Mehrspielermodi sind größtenteils sinnvoll, ändern aber nichts daran, dass sich skate 2 in jeder Hinsicht wie ein Add-On anfühlt; mal ganz davon abgesehen, dass sich EA auch hier mal wieder Standard-Features (in diesem Fall: Die Effekte des Replay-Editors) extra bezahlen lässt. Es ist unterm Strich ein gutes, anspruchsvolles, herausforderndes Spiel - im Vergleich zum großartigen Vorgänger aber eine Enttäuschung.
Good Game (Feb 09, 2009)
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
GameSpot (Jan 20, 2009)
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.
Vandal Online (Feb 07, 2009)
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.
70 (Jan 29, 2009)
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.
Edge (Jan 22, 2009)
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.
Good Game (Feb 09, 2009)
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.