The original Skate proved that EA could stand up to Activision's long-running Tony Hawk franchise, and they've got big things planned for Skate 2. Believe it or not, there's an actual storyline in this one, and it might not be half-bad. Of course, the game's focus still sits squarely on the gameplay, with the ability to create your own levels coming as a major selling point for all boardin' fans. But even so, we won't hold it against the developers to expand on the game's foundation, especially if it enhances the experience. All we know is that if EA does their job, Activision will have their hands full attempting to top Skate 2 with the next Tony Hawk installment.
11/26/2008 Ben Dutka