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Skate is a skateboarding series with innovative controls. One stick is used to control the skater's body and the other his feet. This resulted in the need to quickly motion different patterns to intuitively achieve different tricks - what become coined as the "flick-it" controls.

This moves the skate video-game genre on from Tony Hawk games that required you to hold a complex sequence of buttons to achieve the trick. It's harder to get to grips with this at first but can become a more instinctive way to control your character.

Set in the fictional city of San Vanelona you work up the ranks of a skater "career" as you explore the open world. You can create your own character and perform tricks such as ollies and grabs to earn points. Tricks can be used to complete challenges, such as racing and trick contests, which earn the player money that can be used to buy clothes and property or bet on events.
  • Skate (2007) on PS3, Xbox 360
  • Skate It (2008) on Wii, DS and iOS a spin-off for motion and touchscreen controls.
  • Skate 2 (2009) on PS3, Xbox 360
  • Skate 3 (2007) (2010) on PS3, and Xbox 360 with more difficulty settings and online modes
  • Skate 4 (TBA) on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will reboot the Skate series on new technology.

After over 10 years of hiatus, a new Skate game is in development, possibly called Skate 4. This followed a #skate4 online campaign by players.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Skate 3 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 15 months ago.
Kids not old enough for this yet? There are lots of games similar to Skate 3 (Series). Here are some similar younger-rated games:

Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Sports game with Simulation elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 6-player online game. Four players can play in the local multiplayer modes but this is only taking turns. An online multiplayer mode allows players to take part in various competitive or cooperative activities.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 9 hours and 12 hours to complete. The games vary in length but take around 9-12 hours to complete the main elements.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Crude Humor, Drug Reference, Language, Mild Violence and Suggestive Themes. Players can perform tricks, run into cars and pedestrians, and even engage in a "Hall of Meat" challenge that rewards players for injuring themselves. Though pedestrians can be attacked with a skateboard, these bystanders may use tasers to stun aggressive players. Skateboard decals depict close-up images of women's buttocks and cleavage; signs around the city contain suggestive innuendo (e.g., "Strip-a-Grams," "Spooning," "BJ Industries," and "Master Bait & Tackle"). A skateboard deck image depicts a marijuana leaf under the words "Think Green." The dialogue contains language such as "sh*t," "p*ssy," and "a*s"; it also contains some crude humour (e.g., "Did you need me to bless it with some of my urine?" "Oh, I say do you have a laxative—I need some to release the pressure," and "Hey, you can just stay away from my rear, ya heard me? This ain't prison!").

Skill Level

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.


Skate 3 usually costs £12.49 to £14.99.


XBox Store Xbox One £14.99

Skate 3

XBox Store Xbox One £14.99 Free

EA Play

Skate City

XBox Store Xbox One £12.49
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/09/2007, updated in 2010

Out Now: PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (6 online)

Genres: Action, Sports and Simulation

Accessibility: 24 features

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

Developer: EA (@EA)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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