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Skate 3 REVIEW

Skate 3 Review (PS3)

So you want to be a skateboard legend and revel in the comparisons to the likes of Tony Hawk and Rob Dyrdek? Well, then prepare your body and mind to fearlessly smash the tricks out the local skate parks and establish your name in the game.

EA Black Box’s Skate 3 has buried some heavy soles into wet cement to ensure that its legacy will not soon be forgotten. The game carries legitimacy and weight without a slip or a stumble. Simply put, I have never played a title that has the same depth of controls as the Skate series.

 


Gameplay

Skate 3 possesses fluid animations that allow you to control all of your virtual skater's major muscle groups. It’s quite a feat both aesthetically and physiologically for the bio majors out there reading this. The transitions from trick to trick in mid-air just look beautiful.

You can feel the impact on your board after landing tricks with full 360-degree control of the human body and your board. Too much air with a flat landing will hurt your legs, and the landing won’t be pretty either.

For those of you new to the series, the controls in place are there to help you control your body movements. The left and right triggers offer left and right arm grabs, and the same goes for the face buttons coordinating with your legs. As you pull off tricks on the right stick, your feet match the movements.

Skate 3 holds a steady frame rate throughout the environments, even during challenges filled with multiple pedestrians and skaters.

Skate 3’s footwork and controls are engineered to near perfection. The art of skating in this title is about timing and the correct speed. The control of your speed is based on the body weight on your board, which you can also control.

Each surface in the game has different properties, and your board will react differently from one to the next. Grinding on granite stone has a different feel than grinding on metal rails.

Momentum is key to maintaining balance and control on your board. Turning at the right speed and hitting the jump off at the precise moment often separates the beast-mode tricks from the ordinary ones.

The learning curve is steep, but the reward is worth the wait. There is a sense of accomplishment when nailing tricks in such a difficult game.

Presentation

The graphical feats in Skate 3 go unnoticed. I know some people may think it looks like a last-gen title but take a second look. The surfaces that you skate on have a considerable amount of detail. This element also plays into the texture and differentiation of each material to trick on. The overall effect is a distinguishing feel to all the elements presented in the game.

Then, by coupling the visuals with quality sound engineering, everything is strung together like a well-planned line. Your wheels hit the different surfaces, and because each has a unique sound, there is an inherent sense of realistic skating that is unforced yet undeniably present.

The shadows and textures are progressive when passing through sunny spots to shade, and after a couple bails and crashes, your skater’s clothes start getting a bit damaged and dirty. If there is one shortcoming, it is that the player models could use a bit of work in terms of detail and facial expressions. Nevertheless, the game looks vibrant and is just enjoyable to watch.

 


Main Mode

Two words can be used to describe a theme in Skate 3’s Career mode: entrepreneurial ambition.

The Career mode in Skate 3 takes a page from the Fantasy Factory and brings it home. Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory and business success have undoubtedly influenced the direction of the Career mode and Skate Park builder in Skate 3. Personally, I could not be any more pleased with this style of a career.

The goal of your skater’s career is to establish your name in the game, create a hot logo online on skate.ea.com, and take your skateboarding brand to Jordan status. Become legendary.

While the focus in the game revolves around building your empire, this mode does not take itself too seriously, and rates your success on the number of boards you sell.

You can gain points to buy new gear by defeating challenges that pop up in the fictional world of Port Carverton. You will come across some skate legends in your challenges as well.

Some of the challenges in the Career mode include: death race, film, hall of meat, own the lot, photo, pros, team promos, street contest and training.

When it is all said and done, you will strive to establish your Skate 3 brand and develop your own skate park. The Skate Park editor allows for full customization of materials from every angle to size and texture. You can engineer your dream park or go online and download community parks.

Online

Skate 3 transitions seamlessly from offline to online. You can skate the town and look for challenges or find them in the menu. In addition, all the challenges in your career mode offline are available online, and you can complete these challenges online and then they carryover to your offline game as well

The game’s emphasis on teams also materializes online. Teams are formed within your brand and can be taken online to compete against one another. The social sharing in Skate 3 takes a page out of Facebook’s model by allowing you to rate created parks and logos and share them. Skate 3 is also equipped with a friends list so you can see what your boys are up to.

 


Final Thoughts

EA Black Box has created a monster. Skate 3’s controls are an undeniable accomplishment -- the skating just feels real.

Skate 3 captures the essence of the skateboarding life. The chill characters and mix of hip-hop and punk evolve into what we now know as skating. The latest gear and apparel is all here, and the city design is beautiful to skate through as you wish.

The end result is a fusion of all the elements we look for in a strong title (i.e. physics, sound, graphics and style). Skate 3 masterfully engineers the aforementioned aspects into a purely original game.

Skating: The same old Skate control scheme with some added tricks means this title is still unrivaled.

Graphics: Not the most detailed game, but it's still visually appealing with vibrant graphics and a fun art direction. Textures are differentiated well.

Sound Design: The sound adds a strong sense of realism to your board and the surfaces. The game wouldn’t be the same without it. The soundtrack could use some work.

Entertainment Value: With the Skate Park editor, logo creation, tons of gameplay modes and challenges, this one will keep you busy for a while.

Learning Curve: Extremely difficult to master, but it is extremely rewarding when it all comes together.

Online: Social sharing and Skate 3 team up to deliver a nice community-sharing system where creativity thrives.

Score: 9 (Exceptional)


Skate 3 Score
Realistic Control Scheme is undeniable.
Customization of parks and logos.
All elements blend together masterfully.
Player models need more expression.
Learning curve requires patience.
May not be enough for Skate 2 owners.
9
out of 10
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Member Comments
# 1 1WEiRDguy @ 06/22/10 11:38 AM
a lil generous with the score...i say its more along the lines of a 6...to me, they fixed some of the issues that were wrong in Skate 2, but not completely...this should have been more of a DLC imo. It should have not been offered as a standalone game
 
# 2 Blzer @ 06/22/10 12:33 PM
I just think that Skate 2 should not have been made. Skate 2 should be what Skate 3 is, which is why I passed on the previous iteration and will get this one in the fall when I find a nice price drop.
 
# 3 Hova57 @ 06/22/10 03:01 PM
Blzer did you play skate 2 it was a great game . i only passed on it because i didn't want to buy it new i 'll get it this fall or christmas time its def fun. i didn't think the learning curve was that hard either. understanding the game with out reading what i was suppose to do , but once i got into the game i had a ball.
 
# 4 SBartlett @ 06/22/10 03:06 PM
skate 3 is mad fun guys.
 
# 5 Blzer @ 06/22/10 03:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Hova57
Blzer did you play skate 2 it was a great game . i only passed on it because i didn't want to buy it new i 'll get it this fall or christmas time its def fun. i didn't think the learning curve was that hard either. understanding the game with out reading what i was suppose to do , but once i got into the game i had a ball.
Sure man, I played Skate 2 plenty (just didn't buy it). All that I'm saying is 16 months between releases is just too short in my honest opinion, plus Skate 3 went to a new city as well which is good.
 
# 6 1WEiRDguy @ 06/22/10 03:44 PM
i cant not understand for the life of my why is that you cant use the photo face feature for a created skater?? This is another example of EA not sharing resources/technology
 
# 7 The Yurpman @ 06/22/10 05:14 PM
Skate > Skate 2 > Skate 3

Skate 3 gets the lowest score of all three simply for leaving out the LOCAL multiplayer option. Why couldn't Skate 3 have the option to play with a friend sitting next to you when the first two games did? I bought the game assuming it would have local multiplayer (what game has it then gets rid of it?) and I was a little aggravated when I found out it didn't. I love the online aspects of games nowadays, but developers are forgetting some people still have real life friends.
 
# 8 Blzer @ 06/22/10 06:00 PM
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Originally Posted by The Yurpman
Skate 3 gets the lowest score of all three simply for leaving out the LOCAL multiplayer option. Why couldn't Skate 3 have the option to play with a friend sitting next to you when the first two games did?
Skate and Skate 2 have a splitscreen option? If so, point it out. I hadn't ever heard of that. If it does and Skate 3 doesn't, I'll go out and buy Skate 2 right now.

If you're referring to some sort of "alternate turns" mode or a LAN play option or something, then I guess I'm less concerned about something like that. But a free skate splitscreen mode is everything for me... and I don't believe that Skate (1) had it.
 
# 9 HiTEqMETHOD @ 06/22/10 06:42 PM
Very generous overall score. This game is a 7 at most. The franchise started off pretty strong and has just gotten weaker as more games have come out. I would much prefer the formula of the first game where it pretty much replicated the first Tony Hawk Underground with building up your skater through sponsors. Keep that general formula and add the other aspects that have been introduced as the games have gone on.
This series started off trying to focus on the realism rather than the crazy airs and ridiculous lines that you could pull off in the Tony Hawk games yet now it seems like that's exactly what Skate is becoming. They need to better incorporate the team building feature and fix the skater creator, the skater faces are pretty terrible and their lack of quality is made even more obvious when you see how good the actual pros in the game look. I had more fun playing Skate 1 than this game. I'd have to agree with whoever said Skate1 > Skate 2 > Skate 3.
While the game is fun, it leaves you with a sense of unfulfilled potential. They need to get rid of those gimmicky story line openings that they use to put your skater back at square one at the start of every game.I'm not talking about the intro videos (those are funny to watch), I'm talking about your skater always almost killing himself then having to rebuild your career. It's like an excuse to make you play the game rather than just progressing your skater in one continuous experience from Skate 1, 2 and 3.
 
# 10 HiTEqMETHOD @ 06/22/10 06:43 PM
I organized my post in paragraphs with indents, why is it all jumbled together?
 
# 11 JkA3 @ 06/22/10 07:29 PM
i feel this score. this game is good, and I'm not even a skater.
 
# 12 inkcil @ 07/19/10 01:13 AM
I have never really been into skating games...think I played the skate or skate 2 demo a while ago and liked it. Took a huge chance in my mind and bought this over the weekend and I am really surprised how much FUN the game is. Since I didn't play the first 2 in the series I'm able to have a lot of fun without thinking about the game in relation to its predecessors.
 
# 13 Chef Matt @ 08/01/10 04:57 PM
I'm thinking I might pick this up tomorrow. They have it for 39.99 at GS new. Is there any incentive to buy it new or should I go used?
 
# 14 Bellsprout @ 08/01/10 05:01 PM
I think you're good to buy it used. It came out before that Online Pass business, so I think you can just save yourself a couple bucks.
 
# 15 Chef Matt @ 08/01/10 05:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Dayman
I think you're good to buy it used. It came out before that Online Pass business, so I think you can just save yourself a couple bucks.
Thanks Witn..er D-man I'll check it out used then. I loved skate 1 and 2 with a fever! Lookin forward to this one now.
 
# 16 LingeringRegime @ 08/19/10 02:52 AM
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I'd have to agree with whoever said Skate1 > Skate 2 > Skate 3.
This is truly a shame.

But, after buying Skate 2 over the weekend for 20 bucks, and having to deal with the god awful frame rate issues for the PS3 version (seems worse than the first skate) it seems that equation is truth.

This series has so much potential. I don't see why they can't makes this run in a smooth fashion. No excuse for it.
 
# 17 Blzer @ 08/20/10 12:34 PM
Skate 3 retail isn't smooth either?

The first Skate has a constant framerate, but at 30 FPS I don't know if I am satisfied with the sacrifice that's made for it.
 
# 18 LingeringRegime @ 08/20/10 04:47 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blzer
Skate 3 retail isn't smooth either?

The first Skate has a constant framerate, but at 30 FPS I don't know if I am satisfied with the sacrifice that's made for it.
Gamespot said there were F.R.I. in Skate 3. So sad. I would rather have 20 FPS than the issues that are in Skate 2.
 
# 19 spit_bubble @ 11/03/10 04:39 PM
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Originally Posted by SBartlett
skate 3 is mad fun guys.
Gotta agree with this. I wasn't too keen on it when it first came out, but have gotten back into playing it and think it's a near masterpiece.

I'm playing it on the 360 and don't see any frame rate issues. I've also looked into the park creator a bit more and now realize just how cool of a feature it is, something I didn't see before because I didn't spend much time with it.

I think mainly it's just the bitterness I had towards Skate 2 is finally gone, because I can now say Skate 3 is a flat out great game.
 
# 20 Blzer @ 11/04/10 12:27 AM
The only real framerate issues I get are in skate parks (it gets hit badly), but that's on PS3.

Skate 3 is awesome, and I finally have some free time to play it.
 

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