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  • Summary: SKATE delivers the feel of skating through innovative controls, authentic cameras and a fully reactive skateboarding city. The game features professional skaters such as Danny Way and PJ Ladd, as well as a reactive city and relevant in-game cameras. SKATE's unique control scheme captures the true feel of skating versus the typical button mashing gameplay of past skating games. Featuring physics-driven animations, gamers will have a unique gaming experience every time they pick up the controller since no two tricks will ever be the same. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 57 out of 59
  2. Negative: 0 out of 59
  1. As I said before, THPS had a good run, but its time to grow up. SKATE is the game that will force us to do just that.
  2. Innovative controls, fantastic physics, seamless animation and pretty darn sweet visuals. Take a breath, retune your brain and learn how to sakte - you'll be glad you did! [Issue#25, p.84]
  3. 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.
  4. A fun, addictive skateboarding game that's just a little camera work and a few control refinements short of stardom.
  5. While the lean career mode could use a bit more substance, this is the game to get if you’re a hardcore skateboarding fan looking for something a little different.
  6. Very much its own game, Skate is a great start to what should be a stellar series. [Dec 2007, p.62]
  7. A technically strong game tailored to hardcore skaters (and people up for a really serious challenge), this one will alienate casual gamers, as the learning curve can be excruciating.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 54
  2. Negative: 5 out of 54
  1. Jan 25, 2014
    Best game i played because the soundtrack the story and the feeling of the game its not objective based like skate 2 or skate 3 and i honestly dont like skate 3 Expand
  2. Jul 19, 2011
    The revival of an almost death genre, Activision did good stuff with Tony Hawk, the consequences? it made so many Tony Hawks you can't count how many were developed. While EA observed every move, of his rival, there you go, now you have Skate. Skate is something new with a pretty nice touches for a franchise that i didn't expect to have anything new on it. The soundtrack ( as always) is great. Skate goes with stylish direction. Expand
  3. Jul 26, 2012
    Surprisingly innovative and hugely enjoyable, Skate (and its sequels) is a refreshing alternative to the endless button mashing of the Tony Hawk series, which have long been the go-to skateboarding game. Skate sets a new standard for realism in skateboarding games, with accurate collision detection, great physics and the beautifully implemented flick-it controls. There's an incredible amount of replay value, the city overflowing with spots to skate - everywhere you look you'll find new and unique places. While the graphics are somewhat mediocre and the character animation (especially on NPCs), Skate more than makes up for its negative qualities with its endlessly fun and unique gameplay. Expand
  4. Jan 22, 2011
    Repetitive, annoying dross, doesn't compare to the decent TH games by a long way. If you like repeating the same move over and over again until the game decides you've done it enough and lets you move on to the next bit where you repeat some more then you will like this, otherwise avoid. Expand

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