Review: Skater XL (Steam)

Experience unparalleled board control and responsiveness while you skate iconic real-world skate spots. This is the evolution of skateboarding gameplay. With Independent Foot Control and unique physics-based gameplay, skate gamers finally have the expressive controls they have always dreamed.

Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • 7969mb Download size.
  • Controller support.
  • Graphics-fullscreen, resolution, v-sync, and graphics quality preset.
  • Optional repayable tutorial.
  • Skateboarding gameplay.
  • Controls–doesn’t use traditional animations as each stick controls your feet causing independent and unique animations.
  • Full physics game at work.
  • Spawn point-can set a spawn point wherever you want and press a button to instantly teleport there.
  • Free roam maps.
  • Challenges-each map has a list of its own challenges for you to do.
  • Starting point-alongside spawn points, you can at anytime press a button and move anywhere in the level and drop-in.
  • Controller icon onscreen showing inputs-optional.
  • A handful of famous skaters (Tiago Lemos/Tom Asta/Brandon Westgate/Evan Smith) or you can choose a default male or female model and choose clothing.
  • Replay editor-at anytime press the back button to bring up the last few seconds of a session and record footage along with options like camera placement and effects.
  • A robust list of moves to pull off.
  • Play how and where you want.
  • Ragdoll physics in the game.
  • Stance-regular or goofy.
  • Five maps-Easy day high school, The big ramp, Downtown Los Angeles, Californa skatepark, and West LA courthouse.
  • Click a challenge and you get a ghost guide to show what to do.
  • Modsany people have made mods and they are awesome.
  • Total freedom.

Cons:

  • No multiplayer.
  • Music is not good and doesn’t have a player to change songs or many genres.
  • No reason to do the challenges.
  • Challenges are broken, you can do many if not all of them on flat ground and nowhere near the obstacles it says you need.
  • No quit option instead you have to press escape then shut it down that way.
  • No Steam achievements.
  • Can’t rebind controls.
  • No built-in mod support or tools for playing mods.
  • Cold open.
  • Only a handful of locations.
  • No single player type mode, just a load of challenges which are just a case of doing this over and that move.
  • The learning curve with the controls.
  • No leaderboard support.
  • Balancing and grinding have no aids to help in judging how balanced you are.

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 5/10
    Sound - 5/10
  • 6/10
    Accessibility - 6/10
  • 6/10
    Length - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
6.2/10

Summary

Skater XL is a game that feels like it needs more time in Early Access, for it just doesn’t feel like a complete package, it feels like a tech demo with game elements chucked in here and there. The core control system is a real game-changer as it uses the sticks for each foot and moves independently so it feels and plays a lot more realistically than arcade Skater games but it really is it for the good things the game does. You have four real skaters to choose from otherwise it’s a generic-looking male of female model with many clothing options to customize them. Five locations that are all unlocked from the beginning and the ability to drop and spawn wherever you want means you can see everything the game has to offer in each location, it’s neat. There is no structure to the game, you spawn in and then do as you want, there is a list of challenges but you don’t get any rewards or motivation so why bother. It all culminates into a very disappointing letdown. If I had to give it anything outside of the controls it would be the way you can just jam and get a good combo going and make it feel like real-life skating, make some vids and share, it’s just a shame not everyone wants that and for me, I really would have been happy with a quit to the desktop button! Skater XL is not the game-changer you were hoping for, give it a few updates. I hope.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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