EA Skate - Flickit ControlsEA Skate stands out from other games in the way that you control yourself in the game. All of the controls are done through flicking the two control sticks on your game controller in different ways - one stick controls your body, and the other your legs. It's tough, but very rewarding. A lot more rewarding than simply pushing the ollie button. Instead, you have to flick the stick back and then forwards to ollie. Or, forwards then back to nollie. The controls all make a lot of sense - you can see where they were going with most of them.
Piles of Pros - EA SkateEA Skate features a pile of pro skaters, most notably the entire DC team (and Plan B, which are basically the same people). In the opening cinematic, you while you are being rushed to the hospital, all kinds of famous guys play funny little parts, like ambulance drivers, jerks on the road, doctors, everything. It's pretty funny, but you can't skip it and it's VERY long! so, if you want to make another character, just start the video and then go to college. When you're done, the game should be ready.
These same pros are all over the huge city - and I mean the city is huge, with no load times whatsoever. There are places to unlock (like the Plan B warehouse, and the X Games park), and plenty to do. The game feels very open. The game also doesn't pull you too strongly with the storyline, unless you want to follow it. But it is there, and easy to find.
EA Skate - Graphics
Your character also looks and acts pretty real, as do everyone else in the game. The voice acting is good, and the people you meet are genuinely funny. Your first buddy, Shingo, is a little obnoxious, but that's how friends work, right?
You can design your skater however you want, and change your skater later if you feel like it. You can get new clothes through challenges and stuff, and develop your style.
EA Skate also has a huge built in video and photo editor. You can stop, and look at what you just did, from any angle. You can upload your pictures and videos for everyone online to look at and rate.
Multiplayer Online and OffYou can also skate online, with friends, or just the rest of the world.
This brings me to one of the BEST features of EA Skate, in my opinion - multiplayer. The online multiplayer is great, but you can play 4 players on one machine! I've been waiting for this since Tony Hawk 2. You see, I have lots of friends who actually live near me, in the real world, and we like to play games together sometimes. But, there's not a lot out there to play. It's pretty much Halo, or maybe something downloadable like Worms or something.But now, you can play SKATE with your friends! And I mean SKATE - the game where once someone lands a trick, the other players have to land it or get a letter!
Should You Buy EA Skate?For complaints, I don't have very many. There are little load screens that pop up whenever you are trying a certain challenge over and over (and you keep messing up), that really bog the experience down. I wasn't a big fan of the soundtrack, but it seemed right for a game focused mostly around Plan B / DC skaters! And while I love the flickit controls, sometimes it can get frustrating when you SWEAR that you are doing something right, and it's just not working. But that's a player issue! I also kept wanting to have my right thumb both on the stick and on the buttons at the same time, which was tricky.
But to be honest, these complaints are weak. EA Skate is a GREAT game, and I highly recommend it. If you are looking for a skateboarding simulator, then EA Skate is it! It's beautiful, the video editor was SUPER easy to use, the controls are fun and challenging, and you will feel like you've accomplished something when you do well. EA Skate is a great game, and I think any skater who likes videos games would really enjoy EA Skate (as would anyone who doesn't skate, but thinks it's cool!).
Check out the EA Skate photo gallery for screen shots, and the EA Skate Vs. Tony Hawk's Proving Ground if you are trying to pick between these two skateboarding games.