Skate offers players a more realistic approach to the world of skateboarding and even though Skate 3 was released many years ago. Skate 3 is still an incredibly popular game to this day. If you want some intense skating action then you really will have a hard time beating Skate 3…… especially considering EA seem to have no plans to make a Skate 4!
Flick Those Sticks Baby!
If you are coming from the Tony Hawk series to Skate 3 it can be very surprising just how different the two games are. Skate 3 requires you to use the right analog stick to do your tricks instead of the face buttons on the controller. This can take a while to get used to, but once the control scheme clicks for you it really is an amazing experience.
Not Changing The Skateboard Wheel
To be brutally honest with you EA did not change a whole load of stuff from Skate 2 with Skate 3. That to be fair was a good decision as Skate 2 really nailed the gameplay. Instead, they have spent the development time just refining the game and making it overall better. One thing that I got a real kick out of was how they have Jason Lee playing Coach Frank to teach you the basics. I am a huge Jason Lee fan and thought that his performance was excellent and I am sure if you are new to the series you will find his tips very helpful.
Catch Em All!
The campaign of Skate 3 was designed with online play in mind. Do not worry though as this is still a fun experience if you are playing on your own which is what I did. The idea of the campaign is to form an elite team of skaters. You do this by working together and completing different challenges. What makes the challenges in Skate 3 stand out is that some of them require you to skate at the same time as your teammates. I found the AI to be pretty good in this mode and it was like they were as good as you are. Some of the challenges in the campaign can be really hard and sometimes very frustrating, but there is a difficulty slider than you can use if you find yourself getting frustrated. I actually found the campaign a lot of fun and think they did a great job.
If You Build It They Will Come
Skate 3 has a skate park editor and it is the most impressive one I have ever come across. They have gone all out with this and you can come up with some really cool and impressive skate parks for you and your buddies to skate on.
Hey Good Looking
One of the most surprising things about Skate 3 is the presentation. This game even now holds up very well from a presentational point of view. The graphics look very polished and the different areas you skate around all look good. The levels are not as crazy as you would find in the Tony Hawk series, but I do think that they have some pretty cool designs.
Skate 3 is one of the best skateboarding games ever made and it is just insane that this series has been ignored for so long. While I have specifically looked at the PlayStation 3 version of Skate today. I would say that even the Xbox 360 version (which can be played on the Xbox One) is also a great game. It takes itself quite seriously, but it is also a lot of fun. I highly recommend that you give Skate 3 a shot if you like skateboarding games.
- The presentation is great
- Gameplay is interesting, fun and challenging
- The campaign is a lot of fun
- When you get hurt it looks brutal
- Jason Lee as Coach Frank is awesome!
- Some collision issues
- Some challenges are a little cheap