Skateboarding games have a rotten reputation. There aren't many of them, and they're best known for endless sequels constantly repeating the same gameplay. Our first look at Skate 2 convinced us that the more things change, the more things stay the same.
Of course, there's a limit to how much variety you can wring out of one man on a plank, and Skate 2 hasn't really changed much in its gameplay or graphics. In this case, however, we're pleased by the repetition: Skate's animation and graphics were impressive, and the control system provided an enjoyable and intuitive method of doing tricks. It's to EA's credit that it has kept the game's strongest features intact for Skate 2.
What few additions EA has made are very minor, but useful nonetheless. You can now instantly access any part of the map without all that tedious travelling, and you can rearrange ramps and street furniture to create your own action areas. Visit The Leisure Lab to watch our full Skate 2 review.