Skate 3


VideoSkate 3 DLC - Danny Way's Hawaiian Dream

Who hasn't had a Hawaiian dream? Aren't those embarrassing?

Digital FoundrySkate 3 performance analysis

The wonder of 60FPS gameplay on both 360 and PS3.

Digital FoundrySkate 3: Xbox 360/PS3 Face-Off

The best effort yet from the Skate team.

Digital FoundryXbox 360 vs. PlayStation 3: Round 26

Split/Second, Lost Planet 2, Green Day: Rock Band, Prince of Persia and Backbreaker.

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Skate 3 to be enhanced for Xbox One X

Alongside Mirror's Edge and Gears of War 3.

Three more Xbox 360 classics will be enhanced for Xbox One X including Skate 3, Mirror's Edge, and Gears of War 3, Microsoft has announced.

Xbox 360 vs. PlayStation 3: Round 26

Digital FoundryXbox 360 vs. PlayStation 3: Round 26

Split/Second, Lost Planet 2, Green Day: Rock Band, Prince of Persia and Backbreaker.

Another month, another multi-game Xbox 360 vs. PlayStation 3 Face-Off. Let's get the party started with all the stats, videos, comparison galleries and performance analyses you crave, derived from an eye-watering array of big names and quality wares.

Thankfully the mania of the release schedule diminishes as we enter summer, perhaps allowing us to do some catch-up coverage on other titles, but the immediate future is E3: Project Natal, Move, Nintendo 3DS, OnLive, Gaikai, and masses of AAA titles for us to preview. Woo! In the meantime, let's get this show on the road.

Split/Second: Velocity

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Skate 3

Skate 3

Shred & Grind Inc.

In Skate 3, as the old T-shirt slogan goes, "skateboarding is not a crime" - and even if it were, it would be a white-collar crime. Departing from the anti-establishment trappings of Skate 2, the latest game in EA's kiss-our-butt-Tony-Hawk series is a tale of skateboarder as capitalist. After founding a new skateboard company, you set out to move 1,000,000 units. ("I have to pay for my summer home," growls your delightful business partner.)

On the face of it, Skate 3's quest looks a lot like its predecessor's. In the skater mecca of Port Carverton, you pop ollies, flips, and grinds to complete a huge array of challenges peppered across the cityscape. Except this time, instead of security guards and pedestrians chasing you away, they applaud and reach for their MasterCards. And while Skate 2 asked you to free your hometown from an oppressive corporation, Skate 3's Port Carverton is a blank canvas for you to deface with branded stickers, posters, and billboards.

The distasteful corporatism is leavened by the casual charm of the cast, composed almost entirely of real-life professional skateboarders. For people like me whose knowledge of the skating scene is limited to, well, videogames like this one, Skate 3 begins with a funny, beautifully produced music video that reintroduces pros like Joey Brezinsky and Rob Dyrdek. (I assume those names mean something to the right people.) The skaters voice digitised versions of themselves in the game, turning in surprisingly good performances with an easygoing camaraderie that makes you feel like one of the boarding elite.

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Skate 3 demo coming in April

Watch it like a hawk.

EA has let slip that it will be publishing a demo for skateboard sequel Skate 3 on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network on 15th April.

Skate 3

Port Carverton shows its face.

Port Carverton shows its face.

Skate 3

Skate out of ten.

Jason DeLong, the extremely polite senior producer from EA Black Box, demos the latest instalment in the company's quietly excellent Skate series with the understated pleasure of a man who knows he doesn't have to convince you to invest in a plastic skateboard with infrared sensors instead of wheels. It's a nice position to be in, I imagine: while it looks very much like Tony Hawk is off to see the wizard, EA's developers are free to focus on something that's potentially a little more exciting.

EA announces Skate 3 for May

EA announces Skate 3 for May

Team co-op the key this time.

EA has whipped the wrappers off Skate 3, revealing team-based co-op as the headline feature.

This enables you and your friends to skate together in a crew, tackling group challenges and helping each others' careers as you go.

Due May 2010, Skate 3 also packs a beefy toolset to edit videos and graphics as well as create skate parks with. There's a new skate.School to learn in, too.

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