|UPDATE: More screens are available below, plus we've got some more
details to share with you. It looks like you'll be able to select any of eight pro skaters including Bob Burnquist, Colin
McKay, Chris Senn, Kerry Getz, Carlos DeAndrade, Chad Fernandez, Rick McCrank and Lincoln
Ueda. Also, you'll skate three different fantasy levels, which are supposed to be unlike
anything we've ever seen. They include: the worlds most famous oceanliner (Titanic?
The Love Boat?), a museum with plenty of prehistoric inspiration and some awe-inspiring
The latest screens look amazing, too.
Scroll down, and click for larger versions. Things to notice: Ise is a Japanese Shinto
temple, the oldest in the country. Is that the same sacred-looking place in the screens
below? Also, look at the details in those screens. We've definitely not seen quality like
this in a skating game before, at least in the stills. If only we could see it move. We'll
be keeping an eye on this title at E3. We now return you to your regularly scheduled
The "ESPN The Games" line-up is
about to get a whole lot cooler. Sure, ESPN X-Games Snowboarding had me all giddy with its
pretty pictures and sim-style play. ESPN X-Games Skateboarding looks just as pretty and
super beefy. The ESPN franchise is all set to take the crown away from the Birdman and the
amazing Pro Skater series. Can it be done? We don't know. But we do know that if
it's going to be done, then the game that usurps the title of "greatest skateboarding
game ever" will have to incorporate some features like they have going on here.
ESPN X-Games Snowboarding includes eight pros
for your virtual grinding pleasure. You can roll on any of up to 64 different real
skateboards. There are three X-Games contest stages, and six street stages to ride in, and
if these early screenshots are any indication, they're going to look sweet. We know so far
that the street levels include New York and Los Angeles. It is all supposed to come
together with multiplayer modes, a practice mode tutorial, and a very punky soundtrack
featuring Linkin Park, the Voodoo Glow Skulls, and New Found Glory.
Look for this one to be released in August
for the PlayStation 2, and keep an eye out on GF! for more coverage. The release
coincides with the X-Games, being held in Philadelphia this year.
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