The A.V. Club writes: "With a focus on celebrity and big tricks, the Tony Hawk skateboarding games emphasized solo skating. But the root of the lifestyle is social: Skating is a way to connect with others. EA’s Skate series has pushed for realism since day one, by emphasizing timing and movement rather than superhuman achievements. Skate 3 looks back to the sport’s social roots by adding a significant suite of online challenges."