I've only played the demo and for me it just didn't feel like I remember Tony Hawk games feeling. Add to that a lack of levels and Activision's plan to add a few more at 400MSP a pop and I couldn't justify purchasing it over dusting off my old PS2 and playing the original versions of 1 & 2.
I can only speak to them up to 2010 as I stopped playing the new versions then and have reverted to playing PES5; to put it simply FIFA feels more arcadey and PES is more of a sim, whether this is still true I don't know. Also FIFA has all the licences (which is important to some) meaning you get all the proper team names, badges and kits which isn't the case in Pro Evo.
It's only an issue because they surface it as a statistic and even conversation options you miss as a result of not being high enough in one or the other.
All they would need to do is remove the colour coding on the choices, not have conversation stats you have to put points into and hide speech options that aren't available to you because of the now hidden statistic. Just let it naturally accumulate in the background.