UGO writes: "When EA Black Box's Skate dropped in 2007 there was much talk of it being a usurper to the Tony Hawk series' reigning dominance. That particular 500 pound gorilla named "Hawk" is now safely out of the room, which leaves the coming Skate 2 – due for a January 20 release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles – to weather direct criticisms rather than 'this vs. that' comparisons. And yes, there are criticisms. Some even carried over from the last game. Fans will find a lot to like in Skate 2, but there is definitely a "more of the same" sort of vibe going on. "