As Tony Hawk's gaming legacy has gradually slid further into bland mediocrity and dallied foolishly with broken, expensive plastic peripherals, EA's Skate franchise has been quietly taking plaudits and winning dissatisfied fans over since day one. The new sequel doesn't particularly offer anything new, but it gives the series a bit of a spruce up in the graphics department and also makes things a little easier for the newcomer whilst offering hardcore players a mode that they can really sink their teeth into.
You can pick up Skate 3 for just £29.93 from The Hut at the moment, which'll save you about a fiver on the nearest competition.
Skate has, for a while now, offered a slightly more realistic alternative to the Jackass-styled antics of its Activision rival, with mechanics requiring a greater degree of skill and timing. To some degree that has also made the games slightly less accessible than the competition, but arguably more gratifying. I used to be a massive Tony Hawk fan up until the series did away with numbers and began diluting the formula with half-arsed frivolities.
Skate 3 marks a progression, rather than an evolution, of the series but it does boast a few fancy new features, not least of which is the new Park mode that allows you to design your own skateparks. A far happier game - Port Carverton embraces skating and the game is drenched in colour - than its rather stoic and grey predecessor, Skate 3 is a frankly excellent game that gets back to basics and finally offers a way in for casual players with a more forgiving game mode option and a cracking tutorial. Plus, Jason Lee turns up for a cameo.
Thanks to thegroutch at HUKD