I did enjoy Skate 3 but there's a lot of things I felt were slightly off with this game. First off well I completed it in an evening on hardcore mode. It took an hour to get used to not having the subtle help of being moved onto ledged for grinds and not getting as much air from your tricks but this was somethign I preferred, it made me realize how much Skate was like tony hawks in that it really does help you alot in lining up grinds automatically.
The new camera guy following you around is somehow more annoying than the guy in Skate 2. Maybe it's because I just am not a fan of the US male accent (do they ever reach puberty?)
Bails...now when its done slowly I like how you can control his stumbling movement, but as soon as you build momentum i.e. for hall of meat challenges it makes it too easy I feel compared to Skate 2. You get too much momentum and the bails just end up being ridiculous, for instance hold forwards and keep rolling and rolling at high speed, then yank the analogue backwards and you take off...I mean come on, physics people?
The soundtrack is more hideous than the previous one, a few choice tracks which floated my boat, the track change feature is good but I still could only stomach it for an hour before switching back to my music on my Xbox HDD.
The graphics are the same, infact I see more tearing and glitchyness in this game than Skate 2, especially in terms of the park editor.
The park editor itself is very similar to THPS and was the selling point for me for this game, but it's not enough.
But the big issue, where is split screen multiplayer? Because I think there is NONE. My net connection makes Live unplayable thus this might be a biased review, however all in all I still prefer skate 2.