Skate 2 may not have the jaw-dropping impact of its predecessor. It can't. It is, however, a far more polished, robust and fulfilling experience than the original. The new features, even the flawed ones, only add to an already excellent formula, and the graphical and design changes to the city, along with the addition of a fully realized online suite, make Skate 2 a game with almost infinite replay value.
Simply put, Skate 2 is almost exactly what we hoped it would be. Fans of the original will wonder how they ever played without the new game's features, and rookies to the series won't need to play the original to understand or appreciate this second iteration.