|Developer(s)||EA Black Box|
|Release date|| May 11, 2010 (NA)|
May 11, 2010 (AUS)
May 14, 2010 (EU)
|Mode(s)||Single-player, online multiplayer|
|Age rating(s)|| ESRB: Teen|
|Platform(s)||PlayStation 3, Xbox 360|
|Media||Blu-ray disc, DVD|
|Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough|
Skate 3 is a skateboarding title in the Skate series of video games, developed by EA Black Box, published by Electronic Arts and was released on May 11, 2010. It is a sequel to the 2009 game Skate 2. The player moves to Port Carverton for Skate 3. San Vanelona is still used as a reference in the game, where it can be found at Danny Way's Super Ultra Mega-park on a banner that reads "Port Carverton vs. San Vanelona", in Joey Brezinski's 1-Up Pro challenge where he says "Eh, you're that dude from San Vanelona, right?", and a poster by All Mart that reads San Vanelona Safe, Relaxing, and Skate Free (The reason it takes place in Port Caverton now).
Template:Copyedit-section Two new difficulty levels have been added along with the normal setting of classic Skate gameplay. Easy Mode allows all tricks to flip faster and higher, more attraction to ledges & rails (about a 90% pull), and pushes generate more speed. Hardcore Mode requires tricks to be performed precisely, use the "flick-it" system too slow and you will under rotate tricks, also flip-tricks are harder to do when flipping onto ledges. Grinds are also much harder as there isn't as much "magnetism" onto ledges and rails (about a 10% pull). It takes three pushes to get to full speed on Easy & Normal, while Hardcore requires five. Hardcore Mode is for a more sim-oriented gamer-base.
skate.Park is also a feature in Skate 3 that allows gamers to build skateparks similar to the Tony Hawk games. According to the Skate website, players can build a variety of set-ups such as mega ramps and plazas. The new skate.Create Pack expands on this feature with 2 new areas and over 30 pieces.
EA introduced three new game modes to play online: "1-Up", "Domination", and "Own The Lot". In "1-Up", players have a given number of seconds to get a point total as a team which the other team then has to beat, or "1-Up". In "Domination", teams compete against each other to try to own as many spots that they can in a time limit. In "Own The Lot" there are six to twelve things to do (e.g.; grind a ledge, flip-trick off a ramp) in a certain area that need to be completed by your team first to win.
The game takes place in the fictional city of Port Carverton, which embraces skateboarding, unlike the "skateboarding is a crime" mentality that permeated the second game. Several notable skateboarding pros appear throughout the game such as Darren Navarette, Terry Kennedy, Eric Koston, and several others. It is also a much more colorful and happier place than Skate 2's desaturated, grainy streets, although the skating still provides the overall feel given off by the first & second games.
In the developers diary, it was revealed that characters such as Joey Brezinski, Dan Drehobl, Benny Fairax, Josh Kalis, Lizard King, Andrew Reynolds, Chris Haslam, Terry Kennedy, Chris Cole, Jason Dill, and Rob Dyrdek would be featured in the game. Also, new tricks were introduced, like the darkslide, underflip, and dropping into a ramp or bowl.
Developers hinted that the new game would include difficulty levels. Skate 3 is set in a new city called Port Carverton. Port Carverton is made up of three districts, Downtown, the University and Industrial. Each district has its own unique designs and monuments, Downtown is full of slick rigid ledges and rails, while the University is full of banks and open areas. Industrial is the most unique; it is home to a huge quarry that has over 10,000 hand-designed bricks of stone.
According to Mutato Muzika's website, Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo and Del the Funkee Homosapien are involved with Skate 3's soundtrack. The game also features music by composer Dan Diaz, who continues his work with the franchise after writing for Skate 2 and Skate It. A notable song can be "I'm Comin' Home" by Cheeseburger which is played during the opening scene of the game.
Skate 3 also features a tutorial mode called "skate.School with Coach Frank". Jason Lee lends his likeness and voice as Coach Frank.
Black Box has announced that they will be bringing the game mode "Party Play" back that was in EA Skate 1 and 2.
- Time Is Money Pack (released May 14, 2010)
- Unlocks all locations, skaters and gear, and Skate.Park objects that can be earned by playing through the career and online modes.
- Skate Share Pack (released May 14, 2010)
- Enables the ability to share skate creations (videos, photos, parks) as well as access Skate.Reel footage and custom Skate.Parks created by the Skate community. This is available as a free unlockable code for players who buy a new/sealed copy of the game.
- Filmer Pack (released May 14, 2010)
- Gives the player more options for control of the camera during video clip editing and adds the option of uploading in high resolution.
- Maloof Money Cup 2010 NYC Pack (released June 12, 2010)
- This pack (which is based on the actual Maloof Money Cup) includes a re-creation of the custom street park built for the 2010 Maloof Cup and the ability to compete in the competition.
- Black Box Distribution Skate Park (released June 22, 2010)
- Zero, Mystery, and Fallen's private training facility. It was originally available for free for players who pre-ordered the game.
- Danny Way's Hawaiian Dream (released July 6, 2010)
- An enormous skate park loaded with everything from original street terrain to flowing skateparks to mega ramps.
- After Dark Pack (released July 27, 2010)
- Includes two new areas (the Sanatorium and the San Van DIY) and the ability to skate at night. It is available for free for players who have activated the Skate Share Pack code included in the box.
- Skate.Create Upgrade Pack (released August 17, 2010)
- Includes two new skate.Park lots to build in (the Back Lot Park and Downtown Night Park), 11 new terrain pieces, 10 new branding pieces, 3 new foliage pieces, over 25 new miscellaneous terrain pieces (such as green screen and buildings), over 15 new props, Slappy and Fabio characters from Skate 2, new Create-a-Character items, and new features to the replay editor as well as new Miracle Whip themed items unlocked with the cheat code "dontbesomayo".
- San Van Party Pack (releases September 21, 2010)
- Includes new Party Play feature and party style challenges, a large part of the Urban Rez area from the original Skate game, a new Pacific Northwest style skatepark, a large new skate.Park lot to build in, and new skate.Park pieces.
Skate 3 received generally positive reviews, with 7.5 from GameSpot. 1up.com also gave the game a favourable review, rewarding the game an A, and praising the tutorial in this installment, saying, "Skate 3 also revamps the tutorial and in-game aids. New training techniques [...] ensure that this iteration's tutorial amounts to more than just an exercise in trial and error." IGN UK also gave the game a positive review, awarding it an 8.0, but voiced concerns over the yearly release of the games, and stating that there are very few features that Skate 3 "could call its own".
The demo for Skate 3 was released on April 15, 2010. It contains some tutorials from skate.School, an introduction to Hall of Meat, two areas from Carverton and several challenges, some of which can be played online team-on-team or cooperatively. It is the first skateboarding demo to be released with online play and access. There is a 20-minute time limit on the demo, after which progress is reset, and the player is given the option to restart or quit, however this isn't as tedious as other Skate demos, as the player is given access to freeroam from the start of the demo.