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10 Best Skateboarding Video Games You Can Play Today

By on July 29, 2022 0

Nothing is more satisfying than getting started with your skateboard and filling a void or pulling off a trick you’ve been practicing for weeks. Skateboarding requires an immeasurable amount of skill, coordination, and patience. If you can do it, kudos to you. But when you’re not scraping your knees after a miss, maybe consider playing one of 10 Best Skateboarding Video Games. Maybe this will give you some ideas for your next trick?

10 Best Skateboarding Video Games

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Not all skateboarding games need to involve collecting letters or the highest score; Skate City is super cool, just like people who love skateboarding in real life.

It deviates a bit from typical skateboard games by being a side-scroller. Skate City drops you straight into a level, you enjoy the view and perform a few tricks along the way. And if you want to turn up the heat, try the in-game challenges.

10 Best Skateboarding Video Games

Skate 3

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Skate, to some, is considered a spiritual successor to Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, at least to some degree. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater definitely has a more arcade feel to it, whereas Skate leaned heavily towards a more realistic skateboarding experience. It’s basically the difference between silly, clunky fun and a serious simulator. And since EA has already confirmed that Skate 4 is in development, now is the time to review Skate 3 or the series as a whole.

10 Best Skateboarding Video Games

The ramp

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Image source: Paul Schnepf

Almost every skateboard video game on this list has some level of preparation and expectation. Only a few are perfect for spending a few minutes. The Ramp is one of those games, a little laid back experience.

In terms of content, The Ramp doesn’t provide much. To be fair, it was developed by one person. The joy you get from The Ramp is what skateboarding is all about: pulling off that tricky move you’ve been practicing for weeks.

10 Best Skateboarding Video Games

OlliOlli

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Similar to Skate City, OlliOlli presents another skateboarding adventure that’s a little more laid back and laid back but with a touch of arcade goodness. There’s just you, your board, and long stretches of urban environment to score.

The focus is more on scoring; otherwise you will not reach the next level. Part of the fun, besides scoring big, is how it challenges you to make the most of an area. If you fall in love with OlliOlli, also discover the suites.

10 Best Skateboarding Video Games

SkateBIRD

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Image Source: Glass Bottom Games

SkateBIRD is just a beautiful combination of love for skateboarding and, well, birds. You’re just a normal-sized bird squealing on rails with a skateboard no bigger than a Tech Deck.

Besides being a cute bird – which you can customize, by the way – the levels are smartly designed taking into account the size of the bird. For example, jumping off the end of the rulers or doing tricks inside a bookcase. For a healthy experience, try SkateBIRD.

10 Best Skateboarding Video Games

Skateboard Park Tycoon: Back to USA 2004

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There are a handful of skateboarding video games that give you plenty of tools to create your own skate parks. Skateboard Park Tycoon: Back in the USA 2004 goes one step further.

At least half of your time will be spent creating the perfect skatepark. You are welcome to test it out and ride around, but the main goal is to please the skaters who participate. If you can look past its dated skateboard mechanics (they’re a little clunky) and enjoy running your own park, boot up Skateboard Park Tycoon 2004 Back In The USA.

10 Best Skateboarding Video Games

OlliOlli World

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Roll7 took what they created with OlliOlli, gave it a colorful and wacky coat of paint, and gave us OlliOlli World. The game presents skateboarding in a good light, not only in terms of gameplay, but also as a culture. And there’s a heartwarming story baked in for good measure.

OlliOlli World retains its relaxed, arcadey qualities; in fact, if you feel like challenging yourself, earn a place on the leaderboards for all of Radlandia to see and collect cosmetic gear in return. Part of the fun is finishing a sick track and giving it to friends, in code form, to try out as well.

10 Best Skateboarding Video Games

Tony Hawk’s Underground

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Tony Hawk’s Underground was, for the most part, more Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. What Underground did differently was develop the way you interact with levels. On top of that, more customizations, activities, and a story mode that gives you a real insight into skateboarding culture. It was still weird by Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater standards, but one of the best in the series nonetheless.

10 Best Skateboarding Video Games

Session

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Image source: Crea-ture Studios Inc.

Of the skateboarding games listed here, Sessions is by far the title most concerned with skill. In fact, it has an interesting gimmick related to the two analog sticks: each controls a different foot.

For this reason, in addition to other mechanisms, Sessions has a steep learning curve. Even performing a simple kickflip takes practice, much like in real life. One aspect you won’t see is a rating system; Sessions opt to reward players for completing specific tricks in certain areas.

10 Best Skateboarding Video Games

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2

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The king of skateboarding games, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 which is the remastered version. You’ll get two games for the price of one, an already fantastic offer. It brings the arcade-style skateboarding game back from the dead, but with plenty of quality-of-life changes and not just a graphical update.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 should appeal to both casual and hardcore fans. You can hope in a freeskate game mode and practice without a stopwatch. Alternatively, you can challenge yourself by beating the high score while getting all of the level’s collectibles, like tapes (yes, VHS tapes) and letters to create SKATE.

It is appropriate to end this list of 10 Best Skateboarding Video Games with professional skater Tony Hawk; the game defined much of the genre at the time. If you love cats as much as skateboarding, read the top 10 video game cats or check out the best Xbox games coming out before the end of 2022.