All this Tony Hawk hoopla has made me realize that, besides the demo of the original game on 360, I've never played a Skate game. Now that 3 of these games have been released, which one would be the best to jump into (on 360)? Should I just start with 3, or are the original and 2 better or possibly cheaper?
Skate Game for a Newcomer to the Series?
To be honest any one you ask will give you a different answer to anyone else, it's just a matter or preference. My advice to you is to look ad a pro-owned section/bargain bin and pull out any of the PS2 Tony hawk games, or any of the Skate game if you want a 360 experience. Regardless of opinion, they are all totally playable and have a bunch of content in them, and whether you like them or not is just a matter of preference but seeing as you can get them for pocket change now, you can afford to find out.
I don't know but people seem pretty negative about 3 I think but I'm not sure
Where did you get that from? Skate 3 didn't majorly improve on Skate 2 in too many ways, but the story mode missions were fun (which they weren't really in the first two), and a lot of minor upgrades happened that just made 3 feel like a much more polished game. I remember there being a lot of people thinking it looked dumb because of the original trailer that came out, but it ended up being a great game. At this point, Skate 3 is what, $20? I'd say just pick that one up; you can at least find some people still playing online, which I doubt you would find as easily in 1/2, if at all.
1 doesn't have enough of the features of the rest of the series.
3 is halfassed and not that great as the new city is dull and empty
2 is perfection incarnate. A great selection of tricks, can get off the board, a cool city that feels grimy and alive (rather than clean and empty like 3)
Part 3 is probably the most refined when it comes to controls (especially the movement without a skateboard) and mission design.
So when I am in the mood for some virtual skateboardin' I tend to play part 1 or 2...
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