E3 2010: Shaun White Skateboarding aims for jilted Tony Hawk fans

While most people are familiar with Shaun White from his Olympic snowboarding performances, he’s also got a solid background as a professional skateboarder. Shaun and Ubisoft have teamed up to make Shaun White Skateboarding, an arcade style game that looks to be aiming squarely at gamers turned off by Skate’s realism and Tony Hawk Ride’s well, awfulness.

Ubisoft’s E3 demo today showcased the game’s unique freeform rail system that allows players to grind floating colored rails that give you free access to the level. Shaun White Skateboarding certainly isn’t aiming for realism, as the floating rails and invisible half pipes make clear. Even so, these freeform rails should allow for unparalleled creativity in creating unique lines through skate spots. The game also alters the levels based on your performance; successful trick lines result in drab gray buildings and architecture being replaced with more colorful, and skate-able, structures.

Shaun White Skateboarding should be a good fit for gamers more interested in insane tricks rather than realism, and its unique freeform system gives it the unique twist it needs to present a threat to EA’s Skate. Shaun White Skateboarding will release this holiday season for PS3 360 and Wii.

Jun 14, 2010


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  • QWERTYCommander - June 15, 2010 5:51 p.m.

    @tuomotaivainen Yeah, I am too! What the hell, Gamesradar?
  • 435 - June 15, 2010 12:47 p.m.

    @tuomotaivainen Yeah, I'm getting it, too. gamesradar security, eh? :|
  • Spybreak8 - June 15, 2010 7:48 a.m.

    I liked the presentation and the artstyle/gameplay mechanics. It reminded me of what Ubisoft did with the new Prince of Persia game. Repairing the world around you and the on the fly level creation was neat too. Just make it only for controllers lol.
  • VaneTrago - June 15, 2010 5:13 a.m.

    It's sad when it takes a snowboarder to come in and show just what it takes to make a skateboarding game fun again. Tony Hawk is probably weeping on his pile of money.
  • tuomotaivainen - June 15, 2010 4:25 a.m.

    Anyone else getting this silly "Authentication Required" shit?
  • nemesisuprising - June 15, 2010 2:21 a.m.

    ginger + skating = shit this is very simple math
  • ScruffMoney - June 15, 2010 2:13 a.m.

    This is a horrible idea. My question, who's going to comfort jilted Shaun White fans? Assuming there are any Shaun White fans.

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