Skate is the evolution of skating games. The game play is nothing like Tony Hawks, and the control method is equally different, yet refreshingly fun when you get used to it.
The game lets itself down hideously with poor loading times and awkward camera angles, just when you need it least - i.e. when trying to do challenges. If the original challenge itself isn't frustrating enough, loading screens and dodgy camera angles are nearly enough to make you want to smash the controller at the TV. The dreaded loading screen also occurs when returning to session markers, having travelled a mere 10 metres. Sadly, you have to rely heavily on these session markers because EA excluded the idea of being able to get off your board (Like Tony Hawks).
The game does make up for itself with the wonderful inclusion of Rag Doll Physics. By more accurately calculating the bodies limbs movements,the result is a more accurate representation of the motion of the skater and therefore his/her injuries. This has lead to hundreds of hilarious online videos of players' bails. This alone, for me, makes the game thoroughly enjoyable.
To conclude, had this game not been released so soon, maybe a few of the niggling problems that spoil this game would have been ironed out. Here's hoping there'll be Skate 2.