Skate 2 takes the great start that Black Box and EA got with Skate and elevates it a few notches. The gameplay is very fun, and the game does a great job nailing down a good representation of skater culture. There are many real life skate pros that you come across in the game, and a lot of the tricks and challenges feel very authentic. In the extreme sports genre, there's far too often a tendency to push things to a ridiculous level, but Skate 2 manages to provide a very satisfying and addictive experience without resorting to silly extremes. There is tons to do in the game, and if you're a fan of online play and the community interaction elements, Skate 2 will keep you busy for as long as just about any other title slated to ship this year.
Lasting Appeal: 9.5