Owned it for a few weeks now, only paid 32€ for it.
My GF got me Tony Hawk 8 for its cheap price after it was released on platinum, but I only needed about 1 hour to find out it was still pretty much the same as the previous versions...
Skate 2 is something different though, it feels a lot more realistic and has an awesome style. I can enjoy myself for hours just skating around doing realistic stuff and editing replays. The possibilities are pretty much endless with all the things you can move around and there 's tons of clothes for your character to wear. The career is a lot more fun than TH8 imo, skating for magazins, street contests, pool contests, etc.... way better than collecting some letters around the map. Another difference is the map layout. Unlike TH8, you 're not playing on small maps but in stead it 's one huge city with curbs, rails, jumps everywhere.
I admit the controls are hard in the beginning and pretty frustrating at times, especially when you 're new to Skate like I was, but after a few hours I started to get the hang of it though and now I 'm really enjoying the game.
Online mode is fun, up to six players and so far I haven't noticed any lag.
Imo a must buy for every skater!