Skate 4 (Series) Review
Posted: 6 months ago, last updated 4 months ago.
Author: Andy Robertson.
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.
Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN
Release Date: 14/09/2007, updated in 2010
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.
You will need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 3. You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One. You will need Xbox Live Gold to play online with Xbox 360.
This game is free with Origin Access. Multiplayer on DS or 3DS is available with one copy of the game, via Download Play feature.
ESRB rated TEEN Crude Humor with Drug Reference, Language, Mild Violence and Suggestive Themes. 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 tazers 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!").
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.
The following games are like Skate 4. They address a similar topic or offer a similar way to play. They are good options to play next and also good alternatives to Skate 4 for younger age ratings.
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