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Skate vs. Tony Hawk: skate wins

In a recent earnings conference call, Electronic Arts revealed that the first entry in its new skate franchise successfully managed to topple Tony Hawk, which has essentially been the only name in skating games for several years now. According to EA, skate managed to outsell Tony Hawk almost two to one (we're assuming the call is referring to Proving Ground, the most recent Tony Hawk title). This figure doesn't take the Playstation 2 version of Proving Ground into account, which seems fair considering skate was only available on current generation consoles. Honestly, the fact that the first iteration of a brand new franchise could outsell Tony Hawk speaks volumes. Looks like it's time for an overhaul if Tony wants to get back on top.

XBLM getting Proving Ground demo tomorrow

Eager to show what they have to bring to the skating genre, Activision announced that they'll be releasing a Tony Hawk's Proving Ground demo to the XBLM Monday, September 10th. We're guessing good ole' Acti wants to prove to loyal Tony Hawk supporters that the latest installment not only lives up to its predecessors, but will eclipse them with new features like a video editor and a skate lounge. Good news for us is that there's already a skate demo on the Marketplace, so now we'll get a chance to test both skating games and award our seal approval to the best. Let the Marketplace demo war begin!

[Thanks, Darkstar]

GH III demo to be included in Proving Ground

Yesterday, Activision announced that they'll be including a special Guitar Hero III demo on the disc of the October 9th release of Tony Hawk's Proving Ground. Proving Ground purchasers will be treated a GH III demo featuring five musical tracks which include "Lay Down" by Priestess, "Even Flow" by Pearl Jam, "The Metal" by Tenacious D, "Hit Me with your Best Shot" by Pat Benatar and "Rock You Like a Hurricane" by the Scorpions. But fret not rockers who dislike skating games, because the GH III demo will be available for download off the XBLM two weeks after Proving Ground hits retailers, sometime around October 23rd. Now we have a reason to get our X-plorer guitar tuned before October rolls around.

Video: Proving Ground is all about choices

"Life is about choices. They define who you are. Each path, every turn. It's your decision. That's what it's all about." Believe it? Well, that's what the main theme in the debut trailer for Tony Hawk's Proving Ground is all about, choices. You'll be able to create a skater that reflects the kind of person you want to be, whether you're going for the rockstar mystique or just doing it for the pain. It's an interesting concept, but the gameplay footage doesn't look all that graphically impressive. Give the trailer a watch and consciously compare what Mr. Hawk has to offer with EA's Skate. What are your thoughts?

Rockin' out to Skate's soundtrack

Yesterday, EA released the song list for their possible Tony Hawk killer Skate. Featured on the game's soundtrack are bands like Cheap Trick, The White Stripes, ZZ Top, and David Bowie giving Skate that edgy rock mix of skating fun. Complete list of songs that'll be available on the Skate soundtrack is available after the jump.

We all know a soundtrack isn't going to dethrone Tony Hawk's iron grip on the skating genre, but we think Skate's other features make it more than a worthy contender. The soundtrack is more or less "butta" on the skater toast.

Time to prove yourself, new Tony Hawk details

Being the magazine salesman they are, GamePro announced what's in their latest issue and spilled some new details on the next Tony Hawk installment. Among the new information revealed is the official title Tony Hawk Proving Ground and that the game will include a Nail-the-Trick mode, inclusion of skater classes, revamped multiplayer, and a new built-in video editor. The inclusion of a video editor is fantastic (reminds us of another game) and a beefier multiplayer is always welcome. EA Activision is going to have to pull out all the stops with Tony Hawk Proving Ground, because Mr. Hawk will be feeling some new competition from a little game called Skate. Who's up for a skate-off?

Update: Activision is responsible for Tony Hawk, not EA. The blogger responsible has been shot out of Fanboy Towers' recently installed Man Cannon ... into a cactus field.

[Thanks, Jeff]

Joystiq on Skate: watch your back Tony

Joystiq recently got a significant amount of hands-on time with the upcoming Electronic Arts title Skate. As we have mentioned myriad times before, the question on everyone's mind is whether or not Skate is better than Tony Hawk. According to Joystiq, the answer is an emphatic "Yes." Skate ditches the complex button combinations of Tony Hawk in favor of a slick, streamlined setup that relies on the analog sticks. The left stick controls your body and the right controls your feet. It takes some getting used to, but Joystiq has nothing but praise for the new system. Joystiq's conclusion: not only can Skate compete with Tony Hawk, it has already displaced it. Follow the "read" link for the full preview.

Skate slaps Tony Hawk, demands satisfaction

When you talk about EA's upcoming Skate, it's inevitable that you will compare it to Tony Hawk. There's just no way around it. EA knows this (they have to, they're EA). We've asked the Tony Hawk question repeatedly when discussing Skate. Is there any it can topple the Hawk? With their latest video, it looks like EA is giving us their own answer. Skate looks to completely change the traditional control method of Skating games. There are no button holds and direction presses here. No, tricks (at least the ones without grabs) are controlled entirely with the right stick, EA calls these Flickit controls. Check out the video and weigh in one more time: does Skate stand a chance against Tony?

[Via Joystiq]

Skate trailer grinds onto Marketplace

It's only a month and a half late, but the first gameplay trailer for Skate is now available for download on Xbox Live Marketplace. Originally released at the beginning of March, the trailer shows off Electronic Arts' more realistic take on the sport. Skate eschews the giant combos and tricks of Tony Hawk for a simpler and arguably more accurate version of skateboarding. If this video is anything to go by, you won't be landing many 900°s in Skate. No, it seems that the idea is centered much more around landing simple, real world tricks. Whether or not that makes for an entertaining skateboarding game remains to be seen. Go download it and revel in the HD goodness. Of course, you could also watch the streaming version that came out last month.

New Skate video: a Tony Hawk killer?

EA has been releasing some teaser videos for Skate for sometime now. These videos, however, have not contained a shred of actual gameplay footage. Instead, EA has attempted to build street cred by featuring real skaters talking about their passion. It's admirable that EA wants people to believe in their new franchise, but we opted to wait for some real footage to surface (not the shaky cam we featured before). Well, we've got some real footage now, and we're leaving it to you to tell us what you think. We know there are Tony Hawk fans out there, as well as fans of skating in general. Does this game look like the answer to your prayers, or is Tony Hawk still the king of the streets?

[Via Joystiq]

New Skate screenshots roll in

Xboxygen posted new screenshots of Electronic Arts' upcoming skateboarding game Skate. Skate is EA's answer to Activision's massive Tony Hawk game franchise as they hope to dethrone the face of skateboarding (good luck). Looking at the screenshots the game appears to be coming along very nice on the graphical front. The pretty reflections, shadows, and textures look much better than Tony Hawk's Project 8. We'll just have to see if the gameplay will match that of Tony's, but we definitely see promise in the presentation of Skate. Anyone ready to ditch their Tony Hawk and pick up Skate, or is it way to early to commit?

New Skate shots, can it topple Tony?

Courtesy of our French friends at Xboxygen, we now have some screenshots of EA's Skate to go along with the shaky cam footage that Joystiq ran last month. In short, the shots looks amazing -- then again, so did the target renders for next gen Madden, and we all know how that turned out. Still, EA knows a successful genre when they see it, and it's up to them to exploit it try and make it better. The obvious question is whether or not Skate can hold a candle to the current king of skating the Tony Hawk series. Given the reception of Project 8, that might be a tough order to fill. Watch Joystiq's video after the break and join the discussion.

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Still no Project 8 demo, what gives?

The hours keep ticking by and the promised Project 8 demo is still a no show. Plenty of companies have gotten into hot water (here's looking at you 3D Realms) for missing promised demos, but this one had its own press release and everything. We would have figured that all the certification and whatnot was already taken care of, especially if someone authorized a press release. Still, there are many hours left in the day. Keep the faith, fanboys.

BIH content, 9/28: big sweaty men edition

The Bringing It Home content train just keeps a' rollin'. Today we are blessed with another demo, Smackdown Vs. Raw 2007. The full list goes a little something like this:

Tony Hawk's Project 8 trailer
Frontlines Fuel of War trailer
X06 Game Montage video
Crossfire trailer
WWE Smackdown Vs. Raw 2007
Fable 2 theme (150 points)
X06 theme (free)

Also new today, Europe can finally download all Oblivion content packs (insert obligatory horse armor joke here). Oh, and we missed it last night, but there is now a Halo Wars theme (150 points) and picture pack (80 points) available.

Tony Hawk's Project 8: First gameplay screens

Team Xbox has the first gameplay shots from Tony Hawk's Project 8 and they look Most would agree the last Tony Hawk game didn't do next-gen justice to the long-running series. Let's hope this Hawk has enough tricks to end Tony's video game career on high note, before he starts turning up with a wheelchair rather than a skateboard.

[Thanks X Budd]

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