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PS3 The Lead Platform For SKATE 2

Early hands-on feedback for EA and Black Box's SKATE 2 has been almost entirely positive, especially given quotes like, "magic in your hands." They say the developers really worked to iron out all the small kinks in the original title, and the sequel is better in every possible way. Well, how did they do that?

Apparently, by using the PlayStation 3 as the lead platform. According to Gamer.tm, Black Box has confirmed they're using the PS3 in a leading role this time around, "due to criticism leveled at its predecessor." Producer Jason DeLong said the original SKATE received criticism for not being quite as good as the Xbox 360 version - a comment lament last year concerning EA titles that came to both consoles - and so, the team decided to make the PS3 the lead platform. No more shortchanging the Sony owners, it seems. DeLong said "it was something we learned very quickly that we had to remedy on the second one." Of course, he also says there will be very little difference between the two versions, but as far as PS3 users are concerned, that's fine...just so long as their version isn't clearly inferior. EA has been working to reclaim some trust over the past year due to 2007's numerous issues; the PS3 versions of their games ('cough' Madden 08 'cough') always seemed significantly inferior to the 360 version.

And why? Those PS3 games were ports, that's why. In this case, Black Box has been developing both versions of SKATE 2 "in parity," and DeLong said that their goal is simple: put the two games side by side, and you won't be able to tell the difference. That's just fine by us, and once again, we're officially looking forward to an EA production...surprisingly enough.

Related Game(s): Skate 2

10/6/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (12 posts)

Ed_Wayne
Monday, October 06, 2008 @ 11:23:56 AM
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Cool. I'm a pessimist though so I'll believe it when I see it. I just don't trust anything that comes out of a developer or publishers mouth anymore.

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Skatejimmy5
Monday, October 06, 2008 @ 11:51:30 AM
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That is awesome.

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FallenClyro
Monday, October 06, 2008 @ 11:55:25 AM
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Wow, EA are really stepping up. I'm very happy to hear this after the laggy frame-rate on the 1st skate. EA seem to be making even better games recently and this just proves that they want both consumers to get the best experience. Well done EA even though I still slightly hate you =]

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AntDC
Monday, October 06, 2008 @ 12:26:25 PM
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This is good news. Although I'm not really into skateing games, using the PS3 as a lead platform is also good news.

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Naga
Monday, October 06, 2008 @ 12:57:12 PM
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Skate sucks I just want the old Tony Hawk even though it's just a small change

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Reccaman18
Monday, October 06, 2008 @ 5:45:48 PM

Dude, the new tony hawk sucked in case you missed that one. I would much rather have a skate boarding game where you dont have to "buy" or unlock tricks. I also hated the thing where you can upgrade your skaters stats. Its more realistic when everyone starts on the same level, and your skills can get better only if you do. But, everyone has their own thing, and if THPS is yours, go for it.

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www
Monday, October 06, 2008 @ 1:42:01 PM
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Dat's why i got skate 1 on 360,hope skate 2 is good on ps3 this time but have had nuff troubles with the skate 1's difficulty,i'ma skip this one.

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Skillz
Monday, October 06, 2008 @ 2:30:23 PM
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cool I am soooo getting one. last year's skate. was horrible on the ps3 but this installment will be awesome considering they fixed like 90% of the issues in the first. Ghana you probably already have your mind made up but you should get it if already had the first one. but maybe I'm endorsing skate 2 because I occassionally skateboard. *shrugs shoulder*

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karneli lll
Monday, October 06, 2008 @ 3:28:55 PM
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another developer bragging about pushing the ps3 down to the 360's level, hmmph!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 06, 2008 @ 4:29:19 PM
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Ports are always shaky business, especially given the vast differences in the 360 and PS3 architecture. I'm willing to give EA the benefit of the doubt on this one because they seem to feel bad about screwing us in the past, and since this won't be a port.

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Daedusian
Monday, October 06, 2008 @ 5:31:00 PM
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One of my favorite games just got that much better!

I felt that the only major problem with the PS3 version of SKATE was the online, but I could be wrong, I never read anything about the 360 version. Either way I cannot wait for this to release.

Also, on top of all the new stuff added to the sequel, I really hope they add a park editor of some sort, like some of the past Tony Hawk games. That would be mind-blowing imo, especially if they could somehow put it online as well.

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Reccaman18
Monday, October 06, 2008 @ 5:48:02 PM

I hear ya on that one! I loved skate and it is one of my faves. I stopped playing THPS after they started sucking (aka: Project8) the only thing THPS has going for it is their customizations, but that has gone out the window now.

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