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Skate 3 (Series) Review
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Posted: 21 months ago, last updated 3 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Skate is a skateboarding series with innovative controls. One stick is used to control the skater's body and the other his feet. This resulted in the need to quickly motion different patterns to intuitively achieve different tricks - what become coined as the "flick-it" controls.

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 touch screen controls.
  • Skate 2 (2009) on PS3, Xbox 360
  • Skate 3 (2010) on PS3, 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 hiatus, a new Skate game is in development, possibly called Skate 4. This followed a #skate4 online campaign by players.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 14/09/2007, updated in 2010

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: EA (@EA)


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Duration: This game will take between 9 hours and 12 hours to complete.
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 6 players online. The games vary in length but take around 9-12 hours to complete the main elements. Four players can play in the local multiplayer modes but this is only taking turns. An online multiplayer mode allows players to take part in various competitive or cooperative activities.


Skate 3 usually costs £12.49 to £14.99.


XBox Store Xbox One £14.99

Skate 3

Skate City

XBox Store Xbox One £12.49
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

PEGI 16 with mild violence and language.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

In the US, ESRB state: This is extended with the following details: 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!").

Skill Rating

11-16 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 uses 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.
Our Skate 3 Accessibility Report documents 24 accessibility features:

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