The only competitor to the seemingly unstoppable series of Tony Hawk skateboarding games has finally spawned a sequel, but will Skate 2 be able to stay on top as the skateboarding king?
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Rotting Away: It has been 5 years since the events of the last game and you have been spending those years hiding away, letting your career die for reasons unknown.After San Vanelona is nearly wiped off of the map because of Earthquakes, the Mayor of the city drastically rebuilds the skate utopia and cracks down on the skaters who once ran wild in the city. You then are tasked with bringing back the skaters who controlled your city and revitalizing your career once more.
Skate 1.5: Skate's gameplay is quite enjoyable and is a welcome departure from what you have been playing for the last 10 years in the Tony Hawk series. Both skate. and Skate 2 also feature an innovative view that is stationed just behind the back of your skateboard.This camera view gives the game a much more intense feel to it and allows you to see things from an entirely new angle. As for the actual gameplay, you won't find much here that wasn't in the in the first skate. You will skate through an urban environment performing a variety of tricks and moves, but nothing you haven't seen before. That is where Skate 2's biggest flaw lies; in the rehashed gameplay. Skate 2 feels too much like the first title and the game simply doesn't feel like it should be passed off as a full retail sequel. Skate 2 feels more like a Skate 1.5 and doesn't add much to the title gameplay wise.
Wicked Spill: Skate 2 does feature one new mode that stands out though; the Hall of Meat and requires you to cause as much bodily harm to yourself as possible in a single botched jump.You will be tasked with crashing, diving, and falling into as much as possible so as to break, rupture and cut everything and anything in your body. The Hall of Meat does not add substantially to Skate 2, but it is a nice addition to the game as a time-killer. You can even upload your scores of damage online so others can see how well you injure yourself.
Rent vs. Buy: Skate 2 was a rather impressive game, but it failed to innovate or really add upon what was started in the original title, skate.The visuals, gameplay and sound effects are essentially unchanged this time around, and while that is not necessarily a bad thing, there is no question that Skate 2 could have been a far more superior game then it is now. If you were a fan of the first game, there is no problem in simply keeping what you already have or at the maximum renting this "sequel".
The visuals, gameplay and sound effects are essentially unchanged this time around, and while that is not necessarily a bad thing, there is no question that Skate 2 could have been a far more superior game then it is now. If you were a fan of the first game, there is no problem in simply keeping what you already have or at the maximum renting this "sequel".
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