Itís another day at the wonderful office, tidying up papers stacked up as high as buildings and seeing more names than an aspiring mother, shitís great alright. All I want to do is skate, but not in real life, no no no, and Iím not talking about Tony Hawkís Pro Skater. Iím talking about Electronic Arts Blackwood Studioís newest skating experience available for the Xbox 360 and PS3 simply called ďSkate.Ē One of the most anticipated titled to come out this year in September on my list this game has definitely wowed me over the past couple months.
First of all the game houses an enormous and vast city comparable to the size of Vice City of GTA fame, and combines all the great skating elements of three major cities: San Francisco, Barceleona, and Vancouver. Entitled nicely enough, San Vanelona, this city is open to you mostly all from the start and is breathing with traffic, pedestrians, and yes even security guards. Itís a built to be a skating mecca with various areas which all have their ups and downs and style prefrences. If you wanna bomb some hills, then you can hit up the hills similiar to hills in San Francisco outside of the main city or if you want to take some time to practice you can skate on down to the community center to get down the basics.
The most amazing part of this game is its innovative control scheme which takes full use of the two analog sticks, kind of like in Fight Night Round 3 if you have ever played that game. Simply put, your left stick controls your body and turning while your right stick controls your feet and board movement at all times. If you want to crack an ollie you simply hold down the right stick to begin crouching then you flick it up and watch your character soar in the air. This game certainly has it all, with a create-a-skater feature which is expected to be extremely deep, tons of sponsored pros who are passionate about skating, a film reel mode and feature which allows you to capture footage and make skate parts editing all the angles and timing, and a fantastic online mode in wh, thatís what this game is about.
This simply is going to be the most organic skateboarding experience ever seen in a video game and it is about time. With a demo dropping on August 15 on the Xbox Live Marketplace (sorry PS3 users, no demo yet because of the damn strict and not as easy approving process at Sony) and the official full game dropping sometime on September 12 for Xbox 360, if you care about skateboarding and you butt hurts after a long hard day of shredding, then come home, sit on a nice comfy chair and skate in EAís dream world without ever worrying about your butt again. This has been one of the most anticipated games for me ever since I began to see its beautiful progression and improvement after its early stages.