Skater XL Review (Xbox One)

  • Genre: Extreme Sports, Skateboarding
  • Developer|Publisher: Easy Day Studios
  • Age Rating: PEGI 3 | ESRB Everyone (Mild blood)
  • Price: UK £34.99 | US $39.99
  • Release Date: 28th July 2020

No review code was provided. This was purchased by myself, and my full opinion based on a full comprehensive playthrough.

Gameplay

Lets grind straight into it shall we. Easy Day Studios have made a solid attempt at a skateboarding game. With its intuitive controls the player can use the left stick and right stick to go in any direction to move your feet individually. Such freedom can make certain tricks look epic and real too. Ollie and want to grind the handrail and do transitions? You can. Do you want to kickflip down a 12 step set of stairs to land on a rail and finish off into manual? You can. However… As much as the controls is its main star attraction. Most times the input doesn’t exactly register and you will end up in a crumbled mess on the floor.

You can make some brillaint set pieces as you can see below from my footage I have recorded.

Graphics, sound, performance

Skater XL isn’t the prettiest game to grace the Xbox, Playstation or PC. Again, if you were expecting eye candy then this game isnt it. Saying that it isnt a bad thing either as this game doesnt need to be spectactular. The graphics/visuals is good enough for me. The game does come with a tracklist from bands I have never heard off, which is good for those indie exposure, plus EDS (Easy Day Studios) is independant studio themselves. So please dont expect the tracklist to be like Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1 & 2 days.

The performance of the game can be hit and miss. The framerate drops like a sack of spuds at times and the game becomes all choppy as well. Not only some of these issues apparent, glitching underneath the map and smashing through walls and other items is rife. Shame, game performance is hindered by these issues but on the flip side the game is actually fun to play.

Difficulty

There is no difficulty. The only thing I can say about the ‘potential’ difficulty is the player. Constant playing and getting use to the controls is the best advice I can give on such a game. With both sticks being able to be used freely does create the possibility of great tricks like I have said previously, plus those great set pieces.

Conclusion

I would say overall Skater XL isnt a bad game. Rough around the edges, huge canvas to improve and add to the game. You can customize you’re character to the liking. The game does have licensed clothing from DC, Independant, Etnies, ES, Element and skateboards such as Blind (classic reaper, brings back memories when I use to skate awful lot in my youth) and even spitfire wheels. Yes, you can customize your skateboard with the griptape, trucks, wheels and the vinyl of the board itself. EDS has hit the customization to a T. With the above issues of performance, controls and the emptiness each map provides plus missed opportunties. Skater XL falls short, but, it has huge potential to be great when these improvements and more added content hits the game.

Verdict
Don’t forget to wear your helmet, elbow pads and kneepads as you will be falling off quite a bit. Skater XL is a nice fill with the lack of skateboarding games as of late, though less we speak about Tony Hawks Pro Skater 5 the better. Maybe wait until the game goes on sale in prep for the remaster of Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1 & 2 and of course Skate 4.
5/10

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