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Skate

Developer: EA Black Box Publisher: Electronic Arts
14 September 2007
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A young skater gets cleaned out by a bus, and, after an enormous amount of surgeries, sets out on the road to becoming a professional skateboarder.
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why would they not add it?
getting of your board has been implemented in sb games for quite a while at the time, so then why the fucking fuck would they omit such a key feature in gameplay immersiveness.

by all means this game was a huge groundbreaking point for how skateboarding games were made, but please, its so hard for me to believe, that something as simple as picking up your board and being able to walk up the stairset (or at least teleport to the top for christ sake) has never crossed their mind at any stage of development...

this title was so close to being the odd one out in the franchise and becoming a fully collected Skate game, but again its EA making greatest efforts in making p̶e̶o̶p̶l̶e̶ ̶w̶h̶o̶ ̶p̶l̶a̶y̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶i̶r̶ ̶g̶a̶m̶e̶s̶ ̶h̶a̶t̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶m̶ a quick buck off a small studio that turned to a bigger company for help with their project. thats just utterly fucking stupid.
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2007 was the year the last real Tony Hawk game came out, and the year the first Skate came out. At the time, everyone raved about Skate and how inspired it felt in comparison to the last five Tony Hawk games.
Honestly, it's a shame that Activision killed off the Tony Hawk series, because the two games could have coexisted. Like Microsoft's Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon, Skate and Tony Hawk have two completely different goals in mind for the player.
Tony Hawk's games are about doing gigantic combos around the entire level. It's about racking up hundreds of thousands of points, and never thinking twice. The high combo achievement in Tony Hawk's Project 8 is for getting 500,000 points.
Skate is about trying again and again to hit one single line. The high combo achievement in Skate is for getting 10,000 points.

I've always been a staunch defender of the Tony Hawk series. I even liked Tony Hawk's Proving Ground a lot. When Proving Ground came out as the final true Tony Hawk game, and the first Skate came out, I was 14 years old. I would have absolutely hated Skate if I had played it in 2007. At the age of 26, however, I had a really good time.

Skate excels when they give you a gap to hit or a rail to grind, and let you do your thing. Photo challenges were absolutely the best part of the game. Every single gap you attempt feels like an actual challenge, and not just a given.
Contests follow this same idea; you're given an area, and told to make the best of it. However, a few contests fell really short for me. In one in particular, I had to trick of a pyramid in one round, and a globe in another. The pyramid was horrible, because the max speed in this game barely gets you any air from it, and the grinds are spaced out awkwardly. The globe just made no sense from a skating perspective.

Another lowlight was a challenge where I had to 360 flip into a crooked grind on a bench, specifically. I simply didn't get good enough through the game at precisely pulling off certain flip tricks. I'd keep executing pop shove-its and bare ollies, even after I'd spent a while in one spot 360 flipping over and over. Thankfully, there are very few challenges that require specific tricks.
S.K.A.T.E. challenges, however, are nothing but specific tricks, and the later ones can get really annoying when you're constantly on the spot, trying to figure out how to do a nollie laser flip in one attempt.

Video challenges were the bane of my existence toward the end of the game, especially the ones in "no-skate zones". Mustering together 5,000 points in 30 seconds is hard enough, but all of the applicable no-skate zones are absolute shit. They must call them no-skate zones because you simply have nothing to skate on there.

Death races are another type of mission, and I had a lot of fun with these. Basically, you just bomb your way down a hill, avoiding traffic and other skaters. It feels so much faster than most of the rest of the game, so it's a welcome change of pace.
Speaking of other skaters, though, my God are they annoying in this game. They constantly appear from the woodwork to destroy your lines. In the final video challenge for Thrasher, you have to get 6,000 points in 30 seconds. I had 5,800 and was about to put the cap on it, when another skater cleaned me the fuck out. I was livid.

In the end, I did all the missions in this game minus seven video challenges. I had a good time for most of it, but the game definitely could have used some tweaks. I missed the ability to get off my board from the Tony Hawk games.
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  • derrickrozan 2021-06-14 12:49:47.184998+00
    best in the series just because its engine is so nice
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    • derrickrozan 2021-06-14 12:50:33.33072+00
      the endless tweaking made skate 2 feel a little weird and skate 3 had a much smaller emphasis on smaller gaps and cleaner tricks
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  • bigappleheartbreak 2021-06-30 03:32:07.010659+00
    One of the most well rounded skateboarding games there is. Great visuals (that imo still holds up in 2021), great soundtrack, fun. In every aspect you can tell this game was designed by skaters for skaters.
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  • unitedlibertypaperco 2021-07-04 12:11:39.651708+00
    Absolutely love the vibe of this game. Feels like the end of an era and the beginning of a new one all at once. Skate 3 is the best in the series but this one nailed its aesthstic perfectly.
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  • curtle 2022-04-08 13:41:57.758747+00
    This would beat skate 3 if you could get off your board
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  • iGunzerkeR 2022-09-20 13:14:50.761983+00
    One of the best intros in videogames
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  • white_calx 2022-12-24 22:32:13.837806+00
    this is easily the best in the series in terms of nailing the difficulty x satisfaction of pulling off tricks (especially grinds wow). i think the world design, customisation and variety of missions was improved upon in every subsequent game, but i could see an argument for this being the best in the series given how immense and grounded it feels to play
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