Metascore
61

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. Dec 20, 2010
    16
    Skate taps into a state of mind. Shaun White is just a succession of awkward obstacles posing as challenges in a game with bad controls and clunky animation.
  2. Jan 13, 2011
    62
    Shaun White's latest appearance isn't good enough.
  3. Jan 12, 2011
    60
    Quite an enjoyable skate game… if you're a total newcomer to this genre. This is neither Tony Hawk nor Shaun White Snowboading, but a weird mix of both games.
  4. Dec 20, 2010
    60
    It's a title only advisable for those who did not like EA's Skate and liked the style of Tony Hawk games.
  5. Oct 26, 2010
    78
    In skating terms, this game's success is more than just dropping in on a vert ramp for the first time without eating it face-first. Shaun White Skateboarding has some tricks in its back pocket, and I look forward to it expanding its arsenal in the future.
  6. Jan 10, 2011
    71
    Ubisoft deserves credit for its effort to create a different skating experience. Bending rails and ramps in succession feels like being on a morphing rollercoaster ride, and the shifting cityscape is a treat for the eyes. Unfortunately the rest of the game plays it safe with missions and features one could find in any other skating title.
  7. Oct 28, 2010
    40
    Quotation forthcoming.
  8. Jan 11, 2011
    30
    It is obvious that the team behind this game had some sort of crazy fun vision, but the execution is lacking to say the least. Sometimes you just have to accept that some games are genuinely bad.
  9. 50
    The psychedelic skateboarding premise is fairly interesting, but the actual skating mechanincs are bland and boring. The game quickly becomes more about navigating the terrain than actually pulling off tricks, so skateboarding fans are better off sticking with Skate 3.
  10. Feb 24, 2011
    55
    There just isn't a whole lot going for Shaun White: Skateboarding. It's a game that's, at best, bland and uninspired, and stuck in the past. With the quality of skateboarding titles that are out today, this game just doesn't do enough to stand out from the crowd.
  11. Dec 20, 2010
    67
    From stunning snow-capped mountains to grey, oppressed city, Shaun White keeps inspiring guys like the one you control in the game, who has the ability to change the reality by doing some tricks with its skateboard. Shaun White Skateboarding's premise is great, but fails to deliver due to boring mission-based gameplay.
  12. Dec 20, 2010
    45
    Shaun White Skateboarding isn't worthy of your time, your patience or most importantly - your money.
  13. Dec 25, 2010
    70
    Despite all its flaws and its ludicrously over-thought setting, this is actually a pretty enjoyable game. [Issue#198, p.90]
  14. 80
    For gamers who don't enjoy the realism from EA's Skate, Shaun White Skateboarding delivers an enjoyable break from reality. However, hardcore fans of the genre may not find their fix here. Still, Shaun White Skateboarding adds its own unique twist as well as much needed innovation to the skateboarding genre.
  15. Shaun White Skateboarding just feels a bit limp. The skating itself is competent but not tactile, and trekking back to a skate shop, rather than just an in game menu, to buy moves wears thin after a short while. Kudos for finding a way of distinguishing the game from its competitors, but Skate 2 is still chairman of the board. [December 2010 p75]
  16. Much like Laser Quest this is theoretically brilliant but a disappointment in reality. [Issue#51, p.109]
  17. 60
    Shaun White Skateboarding tries valiantly to inspire players by allowing them to transform grey settings into colorful scenes, but the mediocre gameplay, boring quests, and poor visuals ultimately leaves things feeling decidedly uninspired.
  18. Jan 11, 2011
    69
    A nice skateboard game that can't compete with SKATE, but it's way better than the latest Tony Hawk game. The gameplay is cool and unique at the same time, mostly because of the shaping features in the game.
  19. Dec 28, 2010
    61
    It's better than Tony Hawk: RIDE, which isn't really saying much. [Christmas 2010, p.90]
  20. Dec 20, 2010
    61
    But the platformer/puzzle aspect flops and the overall feel of the game drops a few notches on the overall appeal meter.
  21. Jan 9, 2011
    75
    A different take on the skating world: wide exploration and customization of the environment make this game interesting if you're looking for something different from the usual grinds.
  22. Dec 20, 2010
    70
    Though it lacks the direction to make itself a pure arcade skateboarding title it has enough humour, self-awareness and interesting gameplay to be worthwhile.
  23. Dec 20, 2010
    70
    Just don't expect it to be all skate parks and vert ramps, this is a third person story-based game with you at the centre, it just so happens that in this case you're balancing on a bit of wood with four wheels attached.
  24. Jan 12, 2011
    65
    Shaun White Skateboarding is a very unique skateboarding game, with an arcade style which is much more about platforming than about sport. Skateboarding fans will have mixed feellings. But its light story, accesible control and fantasy make it an interesting option for those who know well what to expect from this title.
  25. Jan 5, 2011
    60
    In terms of technical performance, this game is fairly solid. But you aren't getting the simulation style gameplay found in the Skate series or even the all-arcade style of the Tony Hawk series.
  26. Dec 20, 2010
    60
    Shaun White Skateboarding is a genuinely disappointing endeavor that had potential to nab the Tony Hawk fans that simply didn't graduate to Skate.
User Score
5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Feb 18, 2012
    9
    Plain and simple awesomeness!What is it with reviewers and people dogging this game.It is very different then skate and Tony hawk games making it a very cool alternative.This has replay value through the roof!The controls are more like Skate then like Tony hawk project 8 and proving ground.It's got the Skate feel but the game feel of neither one.I honestly don't like his other title,"Shaun White Snowboarding".My favorite is Amped 2 then SSX 3, to this day.Anyway,the graphics could have been much better and the sound is just sub par.But the idea,the concept,the game play,the entertainment factor.We say"oh,I wish there was something different",well here it is so quit complaining.This game is a game that stands on it's own and one that will be talked about for years to come.It's just the fanboys that are the one's that don't see past there own agenda.For being a professional snowboarder and skateboarder the fact that Ubisoft backs it and for good reason.It's brilliant in it's own way and a true gem, a true way to just kick back,play something different and enjoy the heck out of a super cool title!I'm giving this title a 8.9 for the lack of graphics that could of been awesome especially in 2010,and the sound is a little bit lacking,but besides that all I can say is WOW! Full Review »