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  • Summary: Inspired by the golden era of skateboarding, Session's primary goal is to make you experience what skateboarding really is; an incredible culture where there are no other goals other than expressing your creativity and achieving success through hard work, perseverance and bits of madness forInspired by the golden era of skateboarding, Session's primary goal is to make you experience what skateboarding really is; an incredible culture where there are no other goals other than expressing your creativity and achieving success through hard work, perseverance and bits of madness for no one else other than yourself.

    Be ready to play the most authentic and grounded skateboarding experience in the most legendary spots on earth, film and make the gnarliest skate parts out there.

    Don't be fooled by copycats and experience the real pioneering dual stick board control feature! Session offers for the first time a per foot stick control giving you the full power in your hands where each stick represents a foot. Careful though, skating switch now has a real meaning.

    Filming has always been a big part of the skateboarding culture. With Session's video editor players can perform their tricks; edit, and create a montage in-game.

    Explore the best and most iconic skate spots, starting with New-York which helped shape what street skating is today. Recreated on a 1:1 scale and supported by grounded and realistic skate physics, get the feel of what it is to skate the infamous Brooklyn Banks and our fresh twist of the surrounding financial district of Manhattan."
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Sep 22, 2022
    100
    Session is the skating game I've always dreamed someone would make, where performing even a 'simple' trick is significant and challenging. There are no mile-long grinds or 900-degree kickflips here: just real skating in its rawest form. It doesn't just simulate the sport, but the art of skating too. You need to get creative, looking at the everyday clutter of a city and dreaming up ways to make something rad out of it. That's what street skating is all about, and why Session is the best virtual expression of the artform yet.
  2. Sep 22, 2022
    90
    Crea-ture Studios have achieved a great feat by making the most authentic skateboarding game to date, seconded only by going out and practicing kickflips yourself. The physics-based controls are incredibly intuitive and satisfying to learn. There’s a steep learning curve that may put players off but if you stick with it, there’s no other game that does skateboarding as well as this. It’s not without its minor flaws, but look past them and you’ll find a game with endless replayability.
  3. Sep 26, 2022
    80
    With the presence of multiple pro skaters including Daewon Song and Samarria Brevard, as well as a semi-open world with legendary skate spots like Black Hubbus and FDR Park, Sessions: Skate Sim is a well-written love letter to the sport. While some may feel underwhelmed by the lack of customization and find the controls too difficult to adjust to, players that have a love of skating and are itching to dive into a new skateboarding title will eventually feel right at home.
  4. 70
    Session's ultra-realistic skating mechanics are spot-on and reward your practice and patience. However, it's set in a world that feels a little dead, empty and cold at times and the structure the game does give you isn't particularly interesting or user-friendly.
  5. Sep 28, 2022
    70
    Session: Skate Sim is the most authentic skateboarding experience you can get from a video game. Though you will fall down (a lot) and may get frustrated, you will undoubtedly leave this experience with a greater appreciation for skating and the culture that surrounds it.
  6. Sep 28, 2022
    60
    It’d be nice if the game did more in the way of teaching you the ropes, offered different control schemes, and provided a wider array of accessibility options. In general as well, it’d be nice if the game offered more in the way of incentives, excitement, and action to keep you coming back for more, regardless of its punishing difficulty.
  7. Sep 26, 2022
    30
    Session: Skate Sim is a skate simulation that was very clearly designed with skaters in mind. From the extremely involved control scheme to the perfectly captured recreation of skate culture, the game seems like it was never intended to be a gateway for non-skaters to get into the sport. But the bugs, difficulty, general lack of fun, and incomplete state of the game make it difficult to recommend Session to its target audience as well. Some gamers may be able to break through the learning curve and appreciate the thoroughness put into creating such an involved skate sim, but at the end of the day, it's simply not fun.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 3 out of 5
  1. Sep 29, 2022
    10
    Skateboarding is difficult, and this simulation reflects that. If you want for the days of pressing X and up on the d pad to do a 900 ChristSkateboarding is difficult, and this simulation reflects that. If you want for the days of pressing X and up on the d pad to do a 900 Christ Air then go do that. Expand
  2. Sep 26, 2022
    6
    Good-
    Great physics-driven systems; plenty of moves and tricks to master; great gameplay customization.
    Bad- Lackluster story mode; bland
    Good-
    Great physics-driven systems; plenty of moves and tricks to master; great gameplay customization.

    Bad-
    Lackluster story mode; bland visual presentation; steep learning curve.

    Thoughts-
    In conclusion, Session: Skate Sim is a hardcore simulation game which means it might not probably appeal to anyone not willing to spend dozens of hours in trying to understand the many nuances of this complex web of mechanics and physics. On the flip side, the bland visual presentation and the lackluster story campaign will put off even the most ardent fans of the genre.
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  3. Sep 25, 2022
    3
    The character customization is humorously lacking and basically unacceptable in 2022. The controls do not feel intuitive at all. I had highThe character customization is humorously lacking and basically unacceptable in 2022. The controls do not feel intuitive at all. I had high hopes, which just makes the drop-off even more pronounced. I couldn't be more disappointed in this game. Expand
  4. Sep 25, 2022
    1
    I played this game on pc when it was still in early access and I liked it, but as a complete version 1.0, I can't accept it. There is too muchI played this game on pc when it was still in early access and I liked it, but as a complete version 1.0, I can't accept it. There is too much wrong with it. They programmed the skater to be regular and if you try to make your skater goofy they just give you a regular skater who is skating switch. I chose my skater to be goofy and as soon as the game started I was like "why is his footing so weird?" Well, that's why.

    One of the first missions is to do a trick on a manual pad that has a curve in it. Turning while manualing is so incredibly frustrating. The triggers just don't feel right for turning no matter how you adjust the settings, and he seems to just give up and put all 4 wheels down arbitrarily, despite me still holding the stick in the manual position. So why did they choose a curved manual pad for the location of their 2nd mission? Did they want to showcase how broken the game is? I finally did a manual kickflip out on it in hardcore mode and I wanted to pull out my hair by the time I landed it. Like many things in this game, it would have been easier to learn the trick in real life. THE GAME DIDN"T EVEN RECOGNIZE THAT I DID THEIR CHALLENGE! Then I did it again but this time I put 4 wheels down by accident before kickflipping off the ledge and then it recognized it as a make. That happened a bunch of times on the previous challenge too. I did like 4 nosemanuals and then on the last one I hit my back wheels on the way out and it recognized that one.

    Character models look really bad. You meet Mark Appleyard and he looks like a bum, then they show you the photo of him (there is no voice acting, just static photos with text) and you wonder how they made such a hideous in game model of such a handsome guy.

    Controls are way too finicky and don't give you feedback about what you're doing wrong, nor does the tutorial go in depth about the subtleties of the (questionable) game mechanics. For instance, I can't seem to frontside crooked grind without heelflipping out. Eventually I figured out that you have to pop out at the opposite angle that you're locked in, but even knowing that, he still heelflips out most of the time because it's so finnicky about the angle. It just feels broken in so many ways. If you try to do a line with quick footing, the game just doesn't respond to what you want to do. If you don't stay crouched long enough before you pop, the skater will just shuffle his feet to the front of the board to set up for a nollie. This game needs WAY more playtesting, fine tuning, and quality control.

    I'm more than happy to revise my review down the line because there are things I like about this game, but I'm offended that it's being a released as a complete game, and it's broken-ness extremely apparent even seconds into playing, that's why I'm giving this abysmal score. The game is decent as an early access game, but don't tell me this game was ready for launch. As much as I want to try and show love to smaller studios, this is a prime example of why bigger studios dominate the market.
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  5. Sep 28, 2022
    0
    This game is simply not fun. They ruined it with the latest update, and the controls are a total mess, and they seem to be unwilling to fixThis game is simply not fun. They ruined it with the latest update, and the controls are a total mess, and they seem to be unwilling to fix that in the future. Get Skater XL instead. Expand