It’s been nearly 3 years since the gaming industry graced us with the prescience of a skateboarding game like no other, they did this back in 2015 when skateboarding legend Tony Hawk thought he would take a punt on releasing the 5th instalment of his pro skater series, sadly to say, this did not compete in anyway shape or form. There has been little movement on the skate scene until E3 where the company Crea-ture made ripples in the skate movement and announced that a new game called Session will be released next year.
So far, we are yet to hear a full list of consoles this game will be available on, we currently only have Xbox One & Microsoft Windows. Now some see this game as a new successor to the Skate series but for me, it will take something truly special to top this series as they were something special and in a completely different league of their own. Nothing will ever beat tearing up warehouse as Spider-Man, Shrek, some zombie skater or Lil Wayne with the classic tony hawk pro skater series. I did prefer the spinoffs they did as American Wasteland & Project 8 were two of the best skating games to grace our consoles. Along with the personalisation of your own skater and your own ground to tear up.
American wasteland enabled us to switch things with up with Matt Hoffman and add a bit of BMXing to the mix and learning new tricks and flips on two wheels as well as four. Now what project 8 did differently, was you could choose what style if skater you were and were also mentored by some famous faces along the way and some funny characters in Earl from My Name is Earl. Now, moving onto skate and what it did so differently to Tony Hawk that separates it from the rest of the crowd is that the tricks were not done by a combination directional buttons and the action controls, it was down to analog precision and landing your flick in the right way.
Not only this but one thing for me that’s so important to a successful game, is how you get about. Now by this I mean how open the game is and how much can you just go off on your own and do your own thing. This was a big success in skate as you could skate any line you found and wanted to create. You could find a spontaneous park and then spend the next hour or two tearing it up in your own way, this was one area that Tony Hawk failed in, don’t get me wrong some of the levels they had were fantastic but it was just annoying how if you wanted to change, you had to go through the pain of the loading screen and the limiting yourself to one area.
What do I hope Session brings back to skateboard games? I’m hoping that the open world will remain as these just make games so much more enjoyable. I would also like to see a mixture of the skateboard/BMX crossover again as this just makes the competitions you take part in more interesting. I also enjoyed sponsorship deals from working your way through the skate industry and making your skater the best version of yourself.