(http://www.skate.ea.com)  Rated TEEN by ESRB.  Skate 3 is the third entry to the ground-breaking Skate series. The original Skate revolutionized skateboarding games by introducing an analog movement-based control scheme for executing tricks. Skate 3 takes us to a new city of Port Carverton, where you have free reign of the skate-friendly city.

(http://www.skate.ea.com)  Rated TEEN by ESRB.  Skate 3 is the third entry to the ground-breaking Skate series. The original Skate revolutionized skateboarding games by introducing an analog movement-based control scheme for executing tricks. Skate 3 takes us to a new city of Port Carverton, where you have free reign of the skate-friendly city.

 

 

 

Presentation:
Skate 3 starts the game off with the player creating their own custom character or choosing from a template design. This emphasis this iteration is on team-based skateboarding, so as you play the game, you can customize each member of your team as you get people to join.

The menus are overwhelming but only due to the sheer number of different modes and things to do in the game. Thankfully, it is easy to get around from challenge to challenge straight from the pause menu. Skate 3 makes it a cinch to power through the game for veterans and fun for those who like to explore the world and encounter challenges on their own.

The game is played from a third-person view and the default is a low to the ground view, to emulate skateboarding videos. This can be changed however to a farther-out view for those who prefer to see more of the environment.

       

Graphics:
Skate 3’s graphics aren’t a huge improvement over the previous two titles, but retains is on par for games of its type. The textures and environments are detailed as realistically as possible, with high attention to details such as the textures of various concrete structures. The character models are highly detailed and there is a plethora of clothing to choose from to suit anyone’s style. 

Sounds:
Music is a large part of skate culture and Skate 3 doesn’t disappoint in this regard. The game offers a wide soundtrack of licensed tracks ranging from rap, punk, ska, and other genres commonly seen in skate videos.

The other sound effects in the game such as grinding on rails or sliding are realistically reproduced and sound very satisfying when performing. Even the simple act of coasting on tiled terrain sounds realistic. The attention to detailed by the sound team is impressive and very immersive.

       

Gameplay:
Just like the other Skate games, the flip tricks are performed by creating movements with the right analog stick. The player is required to ‘flick’ the stick in various ways to get different tricks. This may not be ideal for uncoordinated folks, but thankfully the game has a tutorial and a mode so you can see what the movements you are doing (although not in real-time).

In Skate 3 you assume the role as the founder of a new skateboard company. As you complete tasks and challenges, you recruit new members to your skate team and sell more boards. The sales from the boards unlocks new challenges and tasks and also be used a currency to purchase clothing.

Those looking for a greater challenge now have access to a “hardcore” mode which creates more realistic physics. Ollies don’t go as high and grinds and slides don’t go as far, making once-previous easy lines more difficult to perform. Those who want an experience more akin to the Tony Hawk series can choose to play an easy mode which makes grinds feel magnetic and flip tricks easier to perform.

       

Longevity:
Most of the game play mechanics was already established in Skate 2, so Skate 3 takes the already-polished game play and controls and applied them to a new environment. While Skate 3 gives players new stuff to skate and grind on, they now have the opportunity to complete objectives together in new co-op multiplayer and community modes. Players can create and share skate parks for endless various locales to skate in.

With the new game world, community and online modes, players will have many hours of gaming ahead of them. Fans of the Skate series will not want to skip Skate 3.

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