Skate 2, an awaited follow-up for the original Skate by EA Black Box, follows the golden rule of sequels. Give them more of the same stuff. And though the developers seem to overfollow this rule somehow, the result is certainly worth the attention.
Look at the city! It seems that it survived a serious disaster while you were away. And it looks terribly real. Even in 2018, after nine years, the city impresses. The boarders’ movements are quite precise, they look real. The only thing that may get you disappointed is textures; seems like they were paid too little attraction, so the further you look, the more unnatural the environment seems.
It’s easier to appreciate graphics when you watch a record of your tricks after actually doing them. Thank developers for having a built-in filmmaker with three simultaneous cameras, so you can edit your movie and select the best POVs.
Yes, right, this game is all about skating. With a virtual skate, in a virtual environment with realistic physics, you simulate real skateboard movements and tricks. After the first Skate, the developers implemented many new elements, like hand or foot plants, grabs and so on. The original moves are still there, and new ones added.
The storyline follows the story of the original character that is back from prison to so on his way. But the city’s not what it used to be. But the city is now virtually owned by Mongocorp, a corporation that invested into its rebuilding. And its security guards don’t like skateboarders…
What seems to enrich the game and move its borders off is off-board actions. Sometimes you can just grab your board and carry it just walking around. This is not only to reach start points you can’t roll to. You can as well move objects and create spots in this mode, so later you can get back on board and do the tricks in the new environment. By the way, you can upload your own spots and download spots by other users.
There is also Party Play, a local multiplayer mode for up to 4 players, and Hall of Meat, a wipeout mode with a fitting name.
The developers didn’t change the control system after the first installment. Instead, they just added new moves for new tricks. The basics remain intact, and if you have played the previous game, you won’t have to relearn.
You mostly use analog sticks for moving your character (with the left) and for tricks (the right one). Actions like braking and accelerating, getting on and off the board, grabbing, and so on are stuck to buttons. Alas, control system lacks precision, so you have to act firmly not to confuse tricks.
Replay Value: 4.5
As the world is wide and the tricks are numerous, and the spots you can download are endless, the game offers a lot even after you’ve mastered all the preinstalled tricks. As mentioned, you can save your best action scenes into movies and upload them, and use Graphics Creator to make new locations. That makes Skate 2 more than a game, but an interactive studio as well.
A good skating adventure is something greater than just a simulator. The story gives it some dramatic feeling, some responsibility for the end, so it all looks like a romantic rebel movie. Skate is our weapon, so use it wisely!
- Graphics 5
- Gameplay 5
- Controls 5
- Replay Value 4.5
Well drawn interactive environment
Story mode with breathtaking storyline
Control precision is not perfect