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Skater XL

Game review by
Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media
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Upcoming skateboarding game focuses on tricks, user content.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Skater XL is an upcoming skateboarding game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. This is the most recent title in over ten years to focus on skateboarding as the objective of the gameplay. Instead of focusing on specific animated tricks or pre-defined moves, Skater XL tries to recreate the feeling of actual skateboarding by tying the riders left and right foot to the corresponding analog sticks on your controller, which gives the game a unique physics based system revolving around the skateboard. Jumps, kickflips, and other moves are tied to how long you hold the stick in a certain direction, or "pre-loading" your moves. So if you flick an analog stick, you might pull off a quick spin, but you won't jump very high. On the other hand, if you pull back and hold, your skater will crouch and leap into the air. There's also more of a focus on skater and controlling the board in and out of jumps instead of worrying about your balance. In Skater XL, as long as you catch the board and land on an object, you'll cleanly grind or slide across the object, giving you more control over the next trick you want to line up. Players will have the option to create a skater, or hit the streets as one of four pro skaters: Tom Asta, Brandon Westgate, Tiago Lemos, or Evan Smith. Currently, there's only a handful of maps included in the game, including a skate park and downtown Los Angeles, which includes landmarks like the LA Convention Center, Hotel Figueroa, One California Plaza, and the Downtown Car Wash. There's also a very large modding community with more than 50,000 members producing content, levels, clothing, and more. While skaters will sometimes fall off their boards or collide with obstacles, no blood or gore. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content included in the game.

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Game details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
  • Price: $19.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Easy Day Studios
  • Release date: July 31, 2020
  • Genre: Sports
  • ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
  • Last updated: April 27, 2020

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