EA Games Skate
- Hyper-realistic skateboarding experience, cool online features
- Control scheme takes getting used to, game design could use some polish
Skate has some awesome potential, but they're not at that stage yet. We're willing to bet, that EA will take the skate series and make it better the next time around, especially since they have a good foundation in place. Just keep your fingers crossed that they don't pump one out every year like Madden, which will seriously slow down the progression of gameplay improvements.
Price$ 99.95 (AUD)
In terms of gameplay, skate isn't exactly revolutionary. In fact, the premise is pretty generic as you play a no-name skater who starts at the bottom and works his way to the top. You travel around a map to hot spots and complete a variety of objectives--do a particular flip trick here, get a set number of points there--to earn cash and fame.
On a technical level, skate also just "skates" by: the graphics are pretty good but not groundbreaking, and the soundtrack features a generic assortment of pop and rap music hits. So what does skate bring to the genre that's new and innovative? The clearest answer lies in the control scheme.
Ollie ollie oxen free
Unlike Tony Hawk, which relies mostly on button combinations, skate utilises a unique control scheme called Flickit. To push off on your board, you hit or hold the X and/or A button. Once you get rolling, you perform tricks by flicking the right analogue stick around in various directions. For ollies, you pull down then push straight up, for kickflips you push up diagonally and pop shuvits require a Street Fighter II fireball motion.
Grab tricks are a little different: the left and right triggers activate your skater's left or right hand for grabs and you can "tweak" the board for different tricks like Christ Airs by moving the right analogue stick in different directions or by pushing the B button.
You really do have to play the game to get a true feel for how the control scheme works. The learning curve is steep, but once you become accustomed to it, it's pretty intuitive. Unfortunately, it isn't perfect. The control input difference between two flip tricks is often negligible on the analogue stick, so you'll often find yourself doing one trick when you meant to do another. Grabs are also insanely difficult because of the finger gymnastics necessary--some of the harder grabs involve multiple fingers, all doing different things.
Skate will also force you to rethink the way you approach virtual skating. You can't simply skate around, magically hop onto stuff and trick out 12 million point combos. Instead, the play mechanics mimic real skateboarding to a fault: you'll need to push and build speed, take proper angles toward obstacles and ollie up at the right time. Get any of these aspects wrong by even a hair and you'll be eating a mouthful of concrete. The result is a brutally unforgiving experience. You'll spend more time resetting your fallen skateboarder than anything else.
Still, skate is a good digital representation of street skating as the Flickit system gives the onscreen action a nice visceral edge. The roster of pro skaters is impressive, and the video and photo sharing via Xbox Live is interesting and forward-thinking. If you're patient with the controls, you will have your moments of fun, and you'll feel an actual sense of accomplishment when you finally nail a difficult trick.
However, it's obvious that skate is still one or two sequels away from achieving its true potential. This is a good first step but the graphics need to be improved upon, the control scheme needs to be tightened up, and little things like the character creation system and the mission types need to be expanded upon.
Join the PC World newsletter!
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Google Daydream VR headset
Lexar® Portable SSD
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Huawei Mate 9
Acer Swift 7
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Surface Pro 4
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- 2 ZTE Axon 7 review: Is ZTE dumping old stock on Australia?
- 3 Oppo R9s smartphone full review
- 4 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 5 Huawei Nova Plus smartphone review
Latest News Articles
- You can download Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes for iOS and Android today
- Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes looks sharp, but will it survive the freemium transition?
- Nintendo's bringing Super Mario Run to Android in March, but Fire Emblem's coming first
- The Switch is a mix of Nintendo's past consoles
- Dead Rising 4 impressions: 'Tis the season to BBQ zombies with your flaming sword
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- Time to ditch Foxtel and the iQ3: How to replace Foxtel packages with cheaper alternatives
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- CCDigital - Full Stack developer contract role - CollingwoodVIC
- TPPHP DeveloperVIC
- FTSalesforce Technical Business Analyst (Brisbane based)Other
- FTFront End DeveloperQLD
- CCIT Infrastructure ArchitectNSW
- FTDynamics AX Functional Consultant (Sales & Marketing Modules)VIC
- CCBusiness AnalystQLD
- FTService Desk AnalystNSW
- TPIT Project ManagerNSW
- CCIntegration DeveloperNSW
- FTBid ManagerVIC
- TPDatabase Integration SpecialistVIC
- TPTechnical ConsultantNSW
- CCLevel 2 IT Service Desk OfficerQLD
- FTClient Delivery ManagerSA
- CCWindows AdministratorACT
- FTDynamics AX Functional Consultant (Supply Chain Modules)VIC
- FTSenior Project Manager - PERMANENTACT
- FTSenior Software Engineer - JavaQLD
- CCSAP/ Nakisa Implementation ConsultantQLD
- CCIT Procurement OfficerNSW
- CCMidrange ProvisioningNSW
- CCCloud Security Solutions Architect - Finance - Contract - Sydney CBDNSW
- TPSenior IT Business AnalystVIC
- TP.Net DeveloperSA