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I have been a loyal fan of the Tony Hawk Pro Skater franchise, but it has been like most real relationships. It is great in the beginning, and then, the more you find out about your partner, the more you start to hate them. At some point, you can barely even remember why you ever fell in love with them. But you keep going back, looking to re-capture that initial romance.
That is, until a better-looking replacement comes along, and you get that feeling all over again. Of course, “This time, I really, REALLY love you!” And that is the feeling I get from watching gameplay footage of “Skate”, EA’s upcoming foray into the exclusive gaming world of decks, tricks, and magic lines.
The great thing about the old THPS games was just the chill feeling of roaming a landscape looking for things to grind and jump off of. Eventually, though, the series kept adding so much crap in the landscape that you could jump up with your eyes closed, hit the TRIANGLE, and know that you were going to start grinding something. The trick-chaining made combos stressful, instead of chill. The entire game just went wacky. Now, EA looks to be coming with a skate simulator to save us from this shitty relationship.
An even longer gameplay video is available here. Be sure to check it out.