Skate Story is a fantastic looking skateboarding adventure where you make your way through beautiful and surreal environments as you skate your way down to the Underworld.
Skating games like Tony Hawk’s, Skate or even Skate or Die can all have different skating mechanics but they all end up seeing you skating through the same old urban environments. The scenery will be very different in Skate Story though as you kick-flip and ollie your way down from the mortal world to the Underworld.
While most skating games give you a large sandbox arena to explore, Skate Story looks like a much more linear experience as you follow a path down to the Underworld – a little like Tanuki Sunset but with more realistic Skate-esuqe skating physics. There are no big air stunts in the currently released footage, but there’s a nice variety of flatground tricks that you can use to jump over obstacles, and your stance on the board can dictate the stunts you perform.
It’s an incredible looking game which could introduce a much needed breath of life into the skating genre. It also seems oddly fitting that you’re skating down to the Underworld as the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skateboarding franchise is dead and the Skate series is trapped in Limbo. The closed Beta is due to start towards the end of the year, sign up now to get your skate on!