On the eleventh Of Could 2010, a sport was launched that might outline a lot of our childhoods – Skate 3.
Made by Black Field, a subdivision of EA on the time, Skate 3 was the third in a well-known trilogy of skateboarding video games. As a fourth Skate sport is presently in lively growth, a refresher of the final sport within the sequence, in addition to a glance again on one in every of my favorite childhood video games, is lengthy overdue.
Black Field is now shuttered, its doorways gathering rust as one other one in every of EA’s tragic closures, however the reminiscences I gained from Skate 3 reside on, in all their ridiculous, excessive, miracle whipped glory.
No one will ever let you know that Skate 3 was an ideal sport. However that was a part of its allure. It was enjoyable to glitch leap a mile excessive off a strong wall by the Tremendous Extremely Mega Park, it was hysterical once we used the huge head cheat code to trigger minor head accidents whereas hovering by means of Carverton Quarry at 70mph, and it was an unbelievable sense of accomplishment as we by some means acquired onto the highest of the shark leap constructing through the use of ramps stacked on prime of one another.
Glitches had been baked into Skate 3’s DNA, and it was all the higher for it. Ridiculous, unrealistic physics had been what made the sport a lot enjoyable, as we barreled by means of the Pipe Works, unable to cease however capable of flip out of the pipe and right into a skate park twenty metres under. No one will let you know this was an ideal sport, however Skate 3’s imperfections had been what made the sport so endearing, particularly for me, and in future the Skate reboot could also be extremely reasonable and clear of glitches, however the soul of the final sport stays.
A part of the enjoyable was the excessive marketing campaign. In the beginning of Skate 3 you get up after gaining amnesia from a failed trick, and also you’re immediately again into skate coaching. You be taught from Coach Frank, a very insane PE trainer trying man who can apparently skate in addition to shout directions. It’s after passing this extremely critical skate coaching that you simply associate as much as start your board promoting profession.
Every part you do as a part of the Skate 3 marketing campaign sells boards. You full a deathrace? Right here’s some boards offered. You win a road contest? Extra boards offered. You do a Corridor Of Meat problem and break fifteen bones? Boards. I nonetheless to at the present time don’t know how your character in Skate 3 offered boards by breaking his again in 5 alternative ways, however that’s the magic of Skate 3.
There’s so many various methods to progress the marketing campaign that it by no means will get boring. Personal The Spot, Group Contests, Picture Shoots, all are utterly alternative ways to earn board gross sales on this sport. As a smart particular person as soon as stated, any publicity is sweet publicity, and Skate 3 actually grasps this mantra by the pinnacle and creates an extremely enjoyable sport round it.
As all video games go nevertheless, the marketing campaign can solely be nearly as good because the mechanics themselves. And my God, Skate 3 was enjoyable to play. Even right now, with video games comparable to Rider’s Republic and Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater 1+2 Remake, nothing even comes near how a lot enjoyable your character is to manage in Skate 3. It simply feels so pure. Proper stick controls your board and really feel, left stick controls route, and press A to go. What could possibly be easier and but present extra of a talent ceiling than that? Left set off controls left hand, and proper set off to manage proper hand; these controls had been designed by gamers, not somebody trying to cram as many controls as doable to confuse the participant and add to an already expansive pool of strikes and methods.
It’s really easy to select up and play that I’ve taught mates and household alike the right way to do methods, and it by no means takes lengthy earlier than they change into professional skaters. It actually takes a particular set of builders to create such a client pleasant set of controls that really feel simply as enjoyable throughout hour one as they do after hour thirty. I nonetheless decide up and play this sport after I’m bored, and that’s, what, six years after I acquired into the sport? I do know, it was launched in 2010, however I used to be solely eight on the time and for some motive the sport was rated 16, I managed to get my palms on it simply barely later at fourteen.
A part of the explanation why the sport by no means acquired outdated was the sheer quantity of customization and person possession over the sport that existed inside Skate 3. I keep in mind going to my Xbox 360, logging in, and going straight to the person created content material part. There was at all times a lot to do, and so many tracks, that I actually had limitless playspace to be taught new methods on.
Going again to the board promoting, as you offered extra boards, you unlocked extra customization choices. As this continued, finally new gameplay options turned obtainable to you. First, you unlocked a small flat space inside a warehouse the place you would create your personal small skate park. After I unlocked this, I spent hours inside, creating my very own playable area, experimenting with placeable ramps and grind rails. It’s how I discovered many of the methods within the sport. Little did I do know, nevertheless, that I might be getting a complete lot extra to customize afterward.
After you attain a sure milestone in Skate 3’s marketing campaign, you unlock the most effective factor the already large sport might have given you – an infinite, pre-built, absolutely customizable skilled skate park. It comes with an infinite leap, grind areas by the dozen and so many various methods to flip and trick that it permits for nearly limitless prospects. I spent hours and hours and hours flicking by means of group parks that folks had made utilizing this premade skate park, downloading them and constructing a portfolio of my favorite ones.
Sadly, the account I downloaded these on not exist, however they live on in my fond recollections of my time with them. Neighborhood builds can truthfully make or break a sport like Skate 3, and so they actually did play an element making this sport as nice because it was.
Even earlier than the group efforts, there was already a ridiculous quantity to do in Skate 3. The map of Port Carverton was big. For a sport on the time, and particularly a sports activities sport by technicality, Skate 3 actually was forward of its time. There have been many areas with factors of curiosity, big ramps constructed from slopes and buildings, areas crammed with NPCs, a number of skate parks, and all the factor was completely interconnected. Doing the leap by means of the cave at Carverton Quarry after which skating down the street all the best way to the underside of the map continues to be amongst my favorite issues to do within the sport.
And there are nonetheless issues I haven’t found! Do you know that you may drop in off the lip of the ramp by the halfpipe within the Tremendous Extremely Mega Park, fall off a 15 metre drop after which go all the best way across the halfpipe? I didn’t! Till a month in the past! The map is simply so massive and filled with alternatives, none of it will get outdated. In reality, even after not enjoying for a 12 months and returning in late 2021 to the sport, I might nonetheless keep in mind my favorite areas.
Solely only a few video games attain this standing in my reminiscence, and Skate 3 greater than deserves an element as one in every of my favorite video games of the 360 era. It’s simply essentially the most future proof outdated sports activities sport ever made, and in my thoughts deserves a spot within the Xbox 360 corridor of fame as among the finest video games launched throughout that interval.
Tune again in after I add my article on the issues I’d most prefer to see return or be added to the Skate Reboot, and remark under along with your favorite reminiscences from Skate 3, or any of the Skate Trilogy!
You may play Skate 3 on Xbox One and Xbox Sequence X|S proper now. It’s presently on Sport Cross through EA Play too – simply hit up the Xbox Retailer.