This game is rated PEGI 16
Our review includes potentially triggering words:
Crude Humor, Drug, Innuendo and Marijuana.
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 10 days ago.
This moves the skate video-game genre on from Tony Hawk games that required you to hold a complex sequence of buttons to achieve the trick. It's harder to get to grips with this at first but can become a more instinctive way to control your character.
Set in the fictional city of San Vanelona you work up the ranks of a skater "career" as you explore the open world. You can create your own character and perform tricks such as ollies and grabs to earn points. Tricks can be used to complete challenges, such as racing and trick contests, which earn the player money that can be used to buy clothes and property or bet on events.
- Skate (2007) on PS3, Xbox 360
- Skate It (2008) on Wii, DS and iOS a spin-off for motion and touchscreen controls.
- Skate 2 (2009) on PS3, Xbox 360
- Skate 3 (2010) on PS3, and Xbox 360 with more difficulty settings and online modes
- Skate 4 (TBA) on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will reboot the Skate series on new technology.
After over 10 years of hiatus, a new Skate game is in development, possibly called Skate 4. This followed a #skate4 online campaign by players.
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Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Crude Humor, Drug Reference, Language, Mild Violence and Suggestive Themes. Players can perform tricks, run into cars and pedestrians, and even engage in a "Hall of Meat" challenge that rewards players for injuring themselves. Though pedestrians can be attacked with a skateboard, these bystanders may use tasers to stun aggressive players. Skateboard decals depict close-up images of women's buttocks and cleavage; signs around the city contain suggestive innuendo (e.g., "Strip-a-Grams," "Spooning," "BJ Industries," and "Master Bait & Tackle"). A skateboard deck image depicts a marijuana leaf under the words "Think Green." The dialogue contains language such as "sh*t," "p*ssy," and "a*s"; it also contains some crude humour (e.g., "Did you need me to bless it with some of my urine?" "Oh, I say do you have a laxative—I need some to release the pressure," and "Hey, you can just stay away from my rear, ya heard me? This ain't prison!").
11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.
The information provided here is for Skate 3, features may differ in earlier titles in the series.
The controls in Skate are different than other skating games and use combinations of the two control sticks to perform all of the jumps and tricks, with the triggers to tweak some of the holds. This can aid the playability of Skate because there is no button pushing required during the trick sequences, but the controls do require a lot of precision with the sticks to do well.
The control sticks are primarily used and there is no control map available on screen or in the menus, but the Trick Guide shows you what you need to do with the control sticks to perform each trick and an example of your skater performing the trick correctly. The Trick Analyzer and Manual Meter options can be turned on to help you with control stick precision.
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