When you first get it out of the box, this game is a straight off 5* winner. Starting easy in a skatepark, allowing you to learn the tricks and gametypes the game has to offer.
The customisation is broad, allowing you to create a completely unique look for your skater in regards to their clothes. However, I was dissapointed with the creation of the actual character. Making your skater look like you, or even close to how you want it, is a mammoth task. This is quite simply because the stock faces given to you to customise all look like they have face planted off of a 150ft half pipe... 10 times. Lets face it, it is hard to make an omlette if you are only given egg shells.
Next gripe is that the amount of activities are actually quite limited. You have your standard race and 'high point trick areas', plus the S.K.A.T.E. mode. On top of this there are a few other modes, but these all become repetative quickly. The online feature is great fun though. Hitting a rail perfectly that your mate just bailed on puts a big smile on your face (and allows for lots of taunting).
The trick system is diverse, however some are so complicated that unless you have 7 arms, you are only going to end up doing the same 10-20 tricks throughout the entire game. Sure, still quite a few, but not half as many as this game could offer with just a slight tweak to the control system. Don't get me wrong though, the 'flick-it' control system is great fun to use.
One last point, if you are an achievement hunter this game is most definitaly NOT for you. I have completed the game, and then gone out of my way to get some more of the achievements. What do I have to show for it though? A mere 75 gamerscore. Some games give 3x that just for completing them.
So, gameplay is good, graphics are solid, diversity of tricks and gametypes are decent, online?? Yeah that holds up well too. So why the 4/5 and not 5/5??
Shelf-life. I was addicted to this game when I first got it, but now it is sitting on my shelves gathering dust. Maybe it is because I am not a massive fan of skateing games? I don't know, but after 2-3 weeks, this game just didn't have enougth to keep me going back for more.
YES to skateboarding fans, skateboard game fans and gamers just looking to add something different to their collection. However, if you are looking for something to keep you occupied for any length of time, or a game to keep you going a few nights a week for a few months, then this is not for you.