30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2010
This plays just like Skate 2, it even takes joking nods at it's predecessors flaws like when the annoying camera man from the previous two games hands the camera to a new guy and says, "don't talk a lot, they hate it when you talk." They've also replaced the infuriating s-k-a-t-e (horse clone) game with a much more respectable who-can-get-the-highest-score game. The new editor is fabulous, but I couldn't find any way to invite friends to my skate park. What's the point of being able to design a park if you can't ride around in it with friends? The redesigned multiplayer is nice, but it's not really different from the previous skate 2 multiplayer accept the points are linked. You can't ride around in free-mode with friends, you have to hope from location to location just like before. It would be nice to see a giant MMO-like setting. The only time the game comes close is actually in single player. When you add friends, their avatar will pop into your single player game randomly as a computer AI.
Here's where EA ruins the show. A lot of people are complaining about this new money-making strategy that EA is doing where if you want to use the online features you have to buy a $10 activation add-on. The people who buy the game brand new get their very own copy, but that means people who buy the game used have to shell out extra money to play online. That's just something to know if you're buying this game used.
One more thing. Shortly after I got Skate 3, and I got to about 1.5 million boards, my PS3 broke and I bought a new one. I tried to transfer my save file to the new PS3 but EA doesn't feel that I am capable of doing that so they locked it down. Even copying over the save file from a backup didn't work which is disturbing. I loaded up skate 3 and the game went black and wouldn't load anything (on my new PS3). I know it has some strict online features, but couldn't they just link the save file with the online id as I sign in? That would be a lot more responsible than ruining hours and hours of work.
In short: This game is fantastic, it fixes most of the flaws, but it doesn't really improve on much. The editor is nice, but lonely, and whatever you do don't let your PS3 break. '_'
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2010
Though this game may have a few minor flaws, it is easily the best in EA's skate series.
Improved walking mechanics, a few new tricks thrown in, and a skate.Park creater are just a few of the new things added to this installment of the game.
Sell boards, earn things, progress through the game having fun. That's what it's all about, in my personal opinion.
As someone who skated for four years, this game is by far the closest thing to the real deal. Tricks look amazing, set-up is basically the exact thing as in real life on hardcore mode, and I'm loving every minute of it.
This is the skate game everyone has been looking and waiting for. Sure Tony Hawk's series will forever be remembered as the beginning of something great, but EA's skate 3 tops off the genre with aplomb.
Is this new game worth your money? I was skeptic, but it was definitely worth it. What a smooth execution.
So why not go ahead and buy it now? You're missing out on something to be experienced!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2013
Skate 3 is awesome. First, I should point out that I have played all 3 EA Skate games. Skate 3 has so many awesome features and improvements to the game. If you're not familiar with EA Skate, it's nothing like the Tony Hawk games that Activision made(which are also fun). Ok- fine, they're both are skateboarding games, but what makes Skate 3 (basically all 3 Skate games) so much better is almost everything!
What makes this game shine out is the realism of skateboarding. instead of using buttons to pull of tricks, Skate uses the analog sticks to move the skateboard, while you can use the triggers and buttons to do grabs or other tricks, which i have found so fun, and challenging! Also, Black Box did a magnificent job on collision detection. I found that the collision detection is so precise that you need to ollie from the street to get to a sidewalk, or else you will bail, which all skaters need to do in real life. I'm not sure if Activision ever pulled off that mechanic in its later Tony Hawk games, but i remember you could get away with skating up stairs and other obstacles that wouldn't be possible in real life. In Skate, you have to get off your skateboard and walk up the stairs, or move objects out of the way in order to pull of tricks. Enough with comparing different titles, let's talk about how Skate 3 compares with the earlier Skate games!
In my opinion, Skate 3 does better and worse in some features that Skate and Skate 2 had to offer. First, the actual Skating mechanic, as i mentioned above, has vastly improved from both Skate games, and makes it so much more realistic and fun! All 3 games had the precise collision detection, but Skate 3 wins in the skating, and has a lot more tricks you can pull off.
The story kind of falls flat with Skate 3, as it doesn't really have to do anything with the previous Skate games. Your whole objective is to build a team of skaters and sell boards in order to become the ultimate skateboard mogul, or something like that. In Skate 1 & 2, the story was more fun, as your character had to prove him/herself worthy as a skater(1), or rise up against the city that was against skaters after you returned from jail(2).(I'm a bit fuzzy on those, but its something like that). In my own opinion, Skate 2 did a better job with storyline.
It's hard to say if Skate 3 had a better environment to skate in. Skate consisted of a whole city you could skate in, and you would have to skate your way to subway stations in order to fast travel, if you wanted to. Also, skate did not have very many exciting hills or areas to skate in. Skate 2's environment was wildly fun, and there were a lot of places where you could be going really fast or really high up. Skate 2 also had a fast travel feature, but used simple teleportation. Skate 3's world takes place at a university dedicated to skaters, which makes the game so much more fun, as the world is very hilly, it has lots of rails, and you can move objects around in the world (also in skate 2). There is also a city and industrial district in the world, but you cannot skate from each place, you have to teleport to area to another. I still like Skate 3's world the most.
Not much to say about visuals, but all Skate games have great graphics. Skate 3 beats the first 2, since is a basic improvement.
One of my favorite things in the Skate games in the "Hall of Meat" mode, where you purposely bail and try to break as many bones as possible with your character. I never knew how much fun this could be. Skate did not really incorporate this until the 2nd title, but when you had the chance, you would fly off your skateboard, assume certain positions and basically "kill" your skater (no game over if you did :) ). Skate 2 did the best with Hall of Meat, especially with the results screen. It would show your skeleton, and highlight the bones you've broken, bruises you've gotten, special things, ect. Also, it would show a skull in the corner if the game decided if you "died" in the bail. Skate 3 did a better job with the maneuverability of your character, but did not include a complex results screen, which slightly disappointed me. It's still fun as heck though.
Lastly, all Skate games have a really innovative camera feature where you can "rewind" time and create spawn points, say if you're trying to pull of a trick down a hill, and don't want to walk all the way up, just place the marker, do the trick (or bail), and press up-you respawn at the marker you placed! No more walking all the way back up that hill (unless if you want to)
There is really too much in the game to say in this review, but there is multiplayer, challenges, races, DLC, you can even create your own park!
If you're looking for a skating game, i highly recommend this game, including both Skate 1 & 2 as well. The game does a great job of skating realism. Also, it's so fun bailing (even when you accidentally bail!). I hope EA does a new Skate game soon, or maybe a trilogy collection, but boy, this game is so fun, and i don't even skate! Just make sure you don't go out and jump off a cliff and expect you will just respawn in real life. Happy Gaming!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2013
Most of the improvements in Skate 3 are done to areas commonly overlooked but when done well, make the game that much better.
For Skate 3, this means HUGE improvements over Skate 2 in terms of bails. Now there is an entire string of challenges where the objective is to do certain styles of bails, get a certain amount of points, and hit certain objects. There's more control over the bails as well (contort your body in mid-air to gain points for spins, flips, and positions).
You can also actually run as opposed to jogging in Skate 2.
The music is much improved in Skate 3 compared to Skate 2.
I gave it four out of five stars as EA actually removed non-networking multiplayer. With the added controls for bailing, multiplayer Hall of Meat challenges would have been epic amongst a group of friends.