Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Fun yet tough game is injury-filled.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 32 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Player can get hit by a car or bus. The intro live pro video at the beginning of the Career mode has Busenitz standing in a hospital holding his severed arm (absurd comedic effect) and Gonz has blood on his shirt from doing surgery.


Words such as "ass," "bastard," and "damn" are used.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Cigarettes are visible behind a drug store counter in an intro video. There is also a line of dialogue or two from a skate pro that refers to smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the game makes an absurd attempt at comedy when, in a video, kids see a skater standing in a hospital holding his severed arm. The controls are complicated and can take patience in getting good at them.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJoe Barks February 11, 2019

Do an Ollie!

It is a neat skateboarding game. No blood. Mild language. Mild violence. Just skateboarding.
Parent of a 18+ and 18+-year-old Written byfamily kid January 3, 2010
this is one of the best games ever its stupid that it is rated t
wen u get hit by a car theres no blood and u barely hear curse words
Teen, 17 years old Written byDatboy227 August 18, 2016

One of the best games ever

This is a good game to play when you can't go outside and skate or if you like seeing your avatar fall on his face, anyway this is a great line of games wi... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bywertyuio December 15, 2020

What's it about?

Available for the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3, SKATE offers a more simulation-like approach to skateboarding than the Tony Hawk titles. In the fictitious town of San Vanelona, Skate attempts to re-create the sensation of real skateboarding with authentic player, board physics, and a low camera to concentrate on your footwork. The goal in the meaty career mode is to work your way up from punk skater to pinup pro as you sculpt your skills, take on trick and race missions, and vie to make the pages of Thrasher magazine. If a less structured game is more your pace, you can create your own skater from scratch and take on non-linear challenges spread out around the city (including indoor locations you can unlock).

Is it any good?

While it takes some getting used to, Skate puts a heavy emphasis on the controller's two analog sticks to pull off moves rather than rely on the four main buttons -- EA calls this "Flickit" control. One of the issues with the game is its steep learning curve but those who don't give up prematurely shouldn't be disappointed. Another shortcoming is a frame-rate that fluctuates depending on what you're seeing on screen, so it might be fast and smooth when you're cruising down a steep hill by yourself, but might grind to a halt when there's a lot of action onscreen.

Similar to the Halo 3 video game, Skate lets savvy players record, edit, and share movies with other players in YouTube-like online video posts, designed to show off your best tricks. You can also go online to play the game cooperatively or competitively in a handful of multiplayer modes. Despite being a relatively tough game to master, Skate is an ambitious and entertaining effort that proves to be a solid rival to the mega-popular Tony Hawk titles.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this game stands up against the almighty Tony Hawk video games. What do you like and don't like in this game that attempts to mirror real life? Do you like this game better or worse than the more arcade-like experience provided by the Tony Hawk games?

Game details

  • Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
  • Price: $59.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Electronic Arts
  • Release date: September 25, 2007
  • Genre: Sports
  • ESRB rating: T for blood and gore, crude humor, language, mild violence, tobacco reference
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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