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Scheduled release date:

May 2010

Publisher:

EA

Developer:

EA

Number Of Players:

1 (Online 6)

Genre:

Sports

The SKATE franchise has, effectively, replaced Tony Hawk for good. Seeing as how Activision's Tony Hawk franchise is just a shadow of its former self, and the latest gimmick has pummeled the franchise into the ground, EA's got a much larger stage to shine on for the third iteration of SKATE. The first SKATE game was a solid entry for EA, and while the second failed to make any substantial improvements, it was still deemed a good entry. But for the third one, Electronic Arts is really trying to make a worthwhile impact.

You're in the new city of Port Carverton, and I can only assume that "carve" is being used as a skateboarding pun here. Anyways, instead of continuing on the stories of the first two games, EA has put together something new and different for the third game. Since you can only make it to the top so many times, now it's time for you, the skater, to start building your company. You do that by establishing yourself as a brand. And what better place than to establish your brand than this all new city, which is actually quite receptive of skateboarders. No longer will security guards, stoppers, and the like threaten or attack you, you're free to do as you wish. In order to make your brand successful, you need to assemble a group of friends and create a team. And for SKATE 3, EA has made teams an official attribute to the game, and have directly tied it in to the multiplayer modes.

Where as with the past SKATE games people would make simple arrangements and agreements to play as a team, here in SKATE 3 there are specific co-op modes that help build your crew of three skaters, allowing you to take on various challenges and cooperatively progress through the career. Furthermore, you can go head to head in competitive battles, and keep tabs on the other rivaling teams around you. The goal here is to create a social network composed of skaters and their affiliated crews.

Making your brand successful comes from succeeding within the game, as nearly every accomplishment you achieve will help your company sell more and more skateboards. Completing online challenges, having people download your custom skateparks or your custom graphics, increasing in popularity, and etc. all has an effect on your monetary success. Also, remember that dominating the streets of Port Carverton and having your logo appear in more areas means more revenue for you.

And yes, you did read that right, there is a tool within the game called Skate.Park that allows you to build your own skateparks and share it with the world. Or if you're feeling selfish, you can choose to only share with your teammates, or even no one. SKate.Graphics and Skate.Reel are still here, and just as shareable as the parks are. In SKATE 3 this entire set of features is called Skate.Create, and you know why.

Skate.School is the game's practice mode, a place where you'll be able to hone your skills and land those tricks with ease. And in order to make use of the all new cite, you'll need to feel comfortable with the controls, as SKATE 3 will feature even more tricks to pull off, and even better level design to use them on. Lastly, taking a cue from Sony's PSN title PAIN, the Hall of Meat returns, but this time allows you to take body control of your bails, which should be interesting.
 
SKATE 3 is scheduled to arrive May 2010, so keep your eyes open, you should like this one.

12/18/2009 Arnold Katayev

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Comments (14 posts)

fuk u
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 12:34:53 PM
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hell yea, i enjoyed SK2 i will really enjoy SK3 man i was soo close to going platinum in SK2, i just couldnt find a pool or fountian that needed draining so i traded it in-in my frustration.. to create your own gear is sweet and no more stupid 'rentacops' chasing you down and screwing up your line. Plus online is pretty fun too gives the game longer life. Well i guess its good-bye TonyHawk Hello SKATE i loved tonyhawk up untill 4 but this SKATE game is somthing else... its badass. I Should have kept skate2 o'well bring on 3

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coverton341
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 12:48:11 PM
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Has anyone else been feeling like EA is really coming to the plate lately? I mean outside of EA Sports, which surprisingly had a very strong NHL game this year (that's the only sport game I play), the company as a whole has been coming with some substance and seem to have stopped their asinine ways while Activision has taken over the helm in that regard.

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bigrailer19
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 2:13:55 PM

EA has been doing great things lately! I still cant wait for the new Medal of Honor either! The trailer looks promising!

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Imagi
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 3:03:50 PM

EA, it's in the Game
Activision, it's about the money

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Banky A
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 5:28:06 PM

Yeah, Activision used to only be greatness and EA was cheapness. But now it's all tipsy.

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Wage SLAVES
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 6:08:38 PM

True that Coverton!!!

Fight Night was awesome in my opinion. Just DL demos for Dante's Inferno...WOW!!! The graphics are lush!!!! That game is going on preorder for me...

SAME WITH: Army of Two! It is not as polished as DInferno but seems a lot better than the first. These guys are starting to impress. Who knows, if they keep this up I might just buy next years Madden...

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___________
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 11:43:21 PM

you actually got to play the army of two demo?
every single time i go to play it, i enter matchmaking find a player than it skips to cut scene and freezes.
ive never had a demo do this to me, never, but 8 times in a row this has done it to me.
im not going to buy it now, if they cant release a bug free demo imagine what the games going to be like.

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fuk u
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 1:04:48 PM
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yea i think EA is coming up with some good shit-

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Jian2069
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 1:48:28 PM
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skate series has been good from #1

im psyched, i have both the previous games and this is a definate buy

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sammyt
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 2:03:41 PM
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As a skater and a gamer I've really been impressed by what EA is doing with the Skate series! Great read, can't wait for the full game, thanks :D

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Banky A
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 5:28:32 PM
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Off topic:

Puma First Round Skates?
Tehe, nah.

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___________
Friday, December 18, 2009 @ 11:43:46 PM
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why not make it like RIDE?
;)

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Zorigo
Saturday, December 19, 2009 @ 8:27:18 AM
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i liked skate 2 but never purchased. i'm gonna keep my eye open for this one, might mix up what i play.
plus this whole crews thing is like mafia wars on facebook, it's all about how good your mafia(crew) is. This sounds like a lot of fun.

Last edited by Zorigo on 12/19/2009 8:28:00 AM

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Beamboom
Thursday, January 07, 2010 @ 9:12:18 PM
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This is excellent news. I was a bit worried that Skate 3 would be even more of the same. Park editor sounds almost too cool to be true, hopefully it will be as good as it sounds. Let's just hope they've got rid of the zone loading this time around. Rockstar managed to create gtaIV without zones, so there's no excuse for those annoying load screens at every third block or so of the city.

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