Platform: X360, PS3
When Skate was released, I welcomed it with open arms. The T.H.U.G. franchise that Tony Hawks had built up was getting stale/farcical and was more a platform for the Jackass crew then it was for pure boarders. Skate offered a decent alternative and, on top of that, it chose simulation over arcade style madness.
Well, like day follows night, EA have released a sequel to their first foray into the franchise. Skate 2 offers probably the best opening credits for a sports game ever made, and for me, anyway, that's about it! Maybe I'm just getting too old to care, but the "damn The Man" attitude of these games has worn me thin. Essentially, these games are elongated adverts for clothing brands, they are ALL about the man!
As for the game-play, controls are with the analogue stick which, while commendable, is still tricky to master and, unless you really like skateboarding, I think you will get bored and give up.
For fans of the first game, looking for pretty much the same again. Pros: you can now dismount the board. Cons: the fixed camera still has a mind of its own.
Rent or Buy: Buy
Game Play: 3/5
Replay Value: 3/5
Review by: Eamonn Cleary