While the controls aren't as easy to pick up as, say, the old Tony Hawk games, once you get over the learning curve you'll find this game gives you a lot more control and options. Plus, gamers who played the original Skate won't have any issues with this sequel -- in fact, the controls feel less stiff and more natural. On a related note, Skate 2 boasts more than twice the number of moves offered in the first game and also lets players rack up points by pulling off Ollies, Nollies, handplants, kickflips, grabs, and grinds, and then stringing them together for bonus points. For the first time in the series, gamers can move in-world objects around, to make room for stunts or to create a cooler one with well-placed ramps, benches, and rails. You can even grab hold of a car's bumper and hang on for a ride.
Other additions to this sequel include a revamped editor to record your performance (and upload it for others to see), the questionable Thrasher Hall of Meat mode (that compensates you for brutal wipeouts), and more online skating options including the ability to seamlessly switch between single player and multiplayer skate sessions (co-op or competitive). But as with its predecessor, gamers can accept various challenges strewn throughout New San Vanelona, earn sponsorship and contest money, and meet up with other pros in the game world. Quite simply, if you liked Skate you'll love Skate 2.