Skater-nation-320x480Skater Nation is Gameloft's upcoming open-world skateboarding game which really puts the other skateboarding titles available on the platform to shame when it comes to overall depth and complexity. Obviously inspired by the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series of games, Skater Nation runs inside of a game engine that was described as a "sibling" to the one used in Gangstar to have a completely open city with multiple environments with absolutely no loading time as you travel from place to place.

The city consists of ten highly skater-friendly locales that range from indoor factories to an outdoor skate park, and even a street that was inspired by Lombard Street in San Francisco. (Although notably absent was the half mile line of cars waiting to drive down the street.) Featuring two main game modes, you can either freely skate around the city, or choose one of 6 initially available skaters and progress through a career mode where you will complete a series of 36 challenges, and unlock both equipment upgrades and 2 additional skaters.

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Unlockable equipment includes 10 skateboard decks, 10 trucks, and 10 wheel sets. Each of these skateboard components increase your skater's statistics to allow you to jump higher, skate faster, and otherwise increase your performance. The missions the various characters in the game will give you to complete are straight out of the Tony Hawk games and consist of doing tricks on specific obstacles, scoring a certain amount within a time limit, racing from checkpoint to checkpoint, and others.

The game is controlled using a virtual joystick and two buttons which handle all the different moves your skater is capable of. While the library of tricks you can do is nowhere near as vast as modern console skateboarding games, all the main grind types and board flips are in place. Skater Nation has a combo system that will be familiar to anyone who has played a skateboarding game before, with strings of tricks that can be tied together with manuals for massive point totals.

While the game itself was cool enough, what really blew me away was the replay editor. Much like Skate, you will be able to rewind the last 3-4 minutes of gameplay to save replays of cool tricks, jumps, or combos you were able to pull off. These replays can then be uploaded to YouTube, and Gameloft even has plans to implement a website to tie together all of these YouTube videos with features such as the ability to vote on your favorites.

Skater Nation had great graphics, and was running at a high framerate on the iPhone 3GS test units. Like all Gameloft games, they are designed to be playable across the entire iPhone and iPod Touch product line. In my brief time with the game, the only thing I saw that I was disappointed by was the lack of any kind of ragdoll system for when you fall off your skateboard.

When you wipe out, the screen simply fades and you're back on your skateboard-- Unlike most other skateboarding games that include brutal ragdoll powered wipe-outs. Regardless, I had a great time playing Skater Nation, and look forward to its release. According to Gameloft, they will be submitting the game very soon and expect it to be released by the holiday season.

  • Mário

    Looks awesome, but I still would like that that Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 came out, that was the first game I ever played

  • Mário

    Looks awesome, but I still would like that that Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 came out, that was the first game I ever played

  • eggzbacon

    Didn't they say in the November podcast that this would be released November?

  • eggzbacon

    Didn't they say in the November podcast that this would be released November?

  • http://touchreviews.tk Fleabag323

    What do you mean by "10 trucks" unlockable? :)

    • Elkas

      Maybe he meant "Tricks"

    • Eli Hodapp
      • rich_952000

        Now THAT sir is lolable :) Broke out the Wikipedia to clarify a non-clerical error :D

      • mike

        rich,

        what do you think an encyclopedia is for?

  • http://touchreviews.tk Fleabag323

    What do you mean by "10 trucks" unlockable? :)

    • Elkas

      Maybe he meant "Tricks"

    • Eli Hodapp
      • rich_952000

        Now THAT sir is lolable :) Broke out the Wikipedia to clarify a non-clerical error :D

      • mike

        rich,

        what do you think an encyclopedia is for?

  • Martin C

    Looks pretty dope. THPS2 was my first really good video skateboarding experience too :) Loved the Venice Beach pool. And Powerman 5000.

  • Martin C

    Looks pretty dope. THPS2 was my first really good video skateboarding experience too :) Loved the Venice Beach pool. And Powerman 5000.

  • Elkas

    Yeah my First Skating Game was Tony Hawk PS2 for PC... Was pretty cool back then...

    Btw... now that I know what a Skateboard Truck is, It's pretty useless to unlock them, It's not like they're visible rofl.

    • rich_952000

      I believe that they may provide performance enhancements ie. Control upgrade :D

    • applesauce25r624

      you obviously know nothing about skateboarding then lol

      *sigh*

  • Elkas

    Yeah my First Skating Game was Tony Hawk PS2 for PC... Was pretty cool back then...

    Btw... now that I know what a Skateboard Truck is, It's pretty useless to unlock them, It's not like they're visible rofl.

    • rich_952000

      I believe that they may provide performance enhancements ie. Control upgrade :D

    • applesauce25r624

      you obviously know nothing about skateboarding then lol

      *sigh*

  • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

    Instant Buy!!

  • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

    Instant Buy!!

  • jackson

    i hope so

  • jackson

    i hope so

  • Bilal

    Wow. Looks really good. Anticipating this title for sure.

  • Bilal

    Wow. Looks really good. Anticipating this title for sure.

  • Steven

    The game looks good, and I'm glad to see a full skate game, but it's seems that the camera is zoomed in a little too close. Gamelofts next step should b making the physical controller (that eveybody is still wondering why one hasn't been made), they have a whole line of games that they could make compatible with it and I'm sure it would boost they're sales, and they could expand on the amount of tricks u could do in skater nation.

    • Majo

      Yes...on my opinion it is the best gameloft game up now.
      I only hate the camera....Its too close...Sometimes you dont see where you skate....Thats the worst camera I have ever seen after 10 Years of gaming.
      I think I will continue playing, when this shit is fixed.But still best gameloft game :-)

  • Steven

    The game looks good, and I'm glad to see a full skate game, but it's seems that the camera is zoomed in a little too close. Gamelofts next step should b making the physical controller (that eveybody is still wondering why one hasn't been made), they have a whole line of games that they could make compatible with it and I'm sure it would boost they're sales, and they could expand on the amount of tricks u could do in skater nation.

    • Majo

      Yes...on my opinion it is the best gameloft game up now.
      I only hate the camera....Its too close...Sometimes you dont see where you skate....Thats the worst camera I have ever seen after 10 Years of gaming.
      I think I will continue playing, when this shit is fixed.But still best gameloft game :-)

  • 2kitties1cup

    Another Gameloft cheap knock off.

    Please stop it Gameloft. Invent something new and use American programmers please.

    • bob

      Then don't buy it, or better yet don't waste your time commenting about it or even looking at it. The rest of us will enjoy the fact that Gameloft are actually bringing out good playable games and pushing the boundaries of the iPhone regardless if they are knock offs.

      Make sure you restrain yourself from also downloading nova once that comes out too..

    • http://www.bitwiseops.com/AmazingTips Pheebau

      1) This does not look like a "cheap" knock-off at all. It is actually pretty amazing what Gameloft is doing on the iPhone with all these titles. They are certainly pushing the limits on the iDevice and providing gamers with some neat titles...

      2) Gameloft has subsidiaries and dev teams in many locations worldwide - here is just a link for you on 3D devs and artists jobs openings in the US if you want to apply:
      http://www2.gameloft.com/corpo_jobs.php?job_country=223

      Disclaimer: I have absolutely no tie whatsoever with Gameloft.

    • Kutter

      'Cuz its a skateboarding game makes it a clone? There are at least 3 or 4 different skateboarding franchise in the console market, how this any different?

      The games that Gameloft create are amazing and they are providing a proof of concept for the hardware. You can't name another developer that has pushed the bounderies as much as gameloft. Not EA, not ngmco, not anyone. So b*tch and moan all you want about "clones" but the fact of the matter they pull off magic with the iDevices.

    • Shauns

      Why do you feel you have to knock one of the few developers that produce high quality games ? I could understand it more if the "original" titles were available, a higher quality and at a better price but they are not. Gamelofts success will encourage big name developers to eventually release the console brands - and in the mean time - we get to enjoy decent titles at a good price. You should be praising Gameloft.

  • 2kitties1cup

    Another Gameloft cheap knock off.

    Please stop it Gameloft. Invent something new and use American programmers please.

    • bob

      Then don't buy it, or better yet don't waste your time commenting about it or even looking at it. The rest of us will enjoy the fact that Gameloft are actually bringing out good playable games and pushing the boundaries of the iPhone regardless if they are knock offs.

      Make sure you restrain yourself from also downloading nova once that comes out too..

    • http://www.bitwiseops.com/AmazingTips Pheebau

      1) This does not look like a "cheap" knock-off at all. It is actually pretty amazing what Gameloft is doing on the iPhone with all these titles. They are certainly pushing the limits on the iDevice and providing gamers with some neat titles...

      2) Gameloft has subsidiaries and dev teams in many locations worldwide - here is just a link for you on 3D devs and artists jobs openings in the US if you want to apply:
      http://www2.gameloft.com/corpo_jobs.php?job_country=223

      Disclaimer: I have absolutely no tie whatsoever with Gameloft.

    • Kutter

      'Cuz its a skateboarding game makes it a clone? There are at least 3 or 4 different skateboarding franchise in the console market, how this any different?

      The games that Gameloft create are amazing and they are providing a proof of concept for the hardware. You can't name another developer that has pushed the bounderies as much as gameloft. Not EA, not ngmco, not anyone. So b*tch and moan all you want about "clones" but the fact of the matter they pull off magic with the iDevices.

    • Shauns

      Why do you feel you have to knock one of the few developers that produce high quality games ? I could understand it more if the "original" titles were available, a higher quality and at a better price but they are not. Gamelofts success will encourage big name developers to eventually release the console brands - and in the mean time - we get to enjoy decent titles at a good price. You should be praising Gameloft.

  • jackson

    skate nation with bad framerate, why

  • jackson

    skate nation with bad framerate, why

  • George

    Hahaha uses the same music as Gangstar, just a lil bit slower. Just noticed that... hmmm I dont know if it would get annoying. It might... I'll pass on this one thanks.

  • George

    Hahaha uses the same music as Gangstar, just a lil bit slower. Just noticed that... hmmm I dont know if it would get annoying. It might... I'll pass on this one thanks.

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    And another crooked video.

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    And another crooked video.

  • ramon

    Yes! I hope it's gonna be free!

    • SalsaMD

      Dream as though you would live forever...

      • ramon

        I'll have the last laugh.

  • ramon

    Yes! I hope it's gonna be free!

    • SalsaMD

      Dream as though you would live forever...

      • ramon

        I'll have the last laugh.

  • iAmTheWalrus

    Definitely getting this one.
    I don't care if this is a knockoff or not.
    Makes me nostalgia really hard.
    Back in those awesome days of having friends over, playing some Goldeneye and THPS 2.

    • Daniel Marques

      Yes! That's the point, TH2, Goldeneye and Ocarina of Time ftw!

  • iAmTheWalrus

    Definitely getting this one.
    I don't care if this is a knockoff or not.
    Makes me nostalgia really hard.
    Back in those awesome days of having friends over, playing some Goldeneye and THPS 2.

    • Daniel Marques

      Yes! That's the point, TH2, Goldeneye and Ocarina of Time ftw!

  • rich_952000

    Man, I wish they'd drop a hint, I'd like to see this hit the AppStore...today :D

  • rich_952000

    Man, I wish they'd drop a hint, I'd like to see this hit the AppStore...today :D

  • TechSe7en

    I don't think the issue is about this game being a "knock off". Of course it's a THPS style game, many iPhone games are inspired by console games and created by different companies (Payback). No one has done the THPS thing on the iPhone and it was obviously missing. TouchGrind is amazing but a different style, VANS game is O.K. This game is good.

    Notes: I think that the jumping is a little out of control, but it's fun to get big air right away. The camera is too close, there should be an option to change it. Falls and hitting walls causes a restart of your player, the player doesn't get up like in THPS, I don't like this. Free roaming is awesome, frame rate is great on my 3G[S]. I like the teleporting for sure. Overall it is a B+, fun gameplay but can be a bit annoying when you crash. It is a worthy addition to the 100,000 other apps.

  • TechSe7en

    I don't think the issue is about this game being a "knock off". Of course it's a THPS style game, many iPhone games are inspired by console games and created by different companies (Payback). No one has done the THPS thing on the iPhone and it was obviously missing. TouchGrind is amazing but a different style, VANS game is O.K. This game is good.

    Notes: I think that the jumping is a little out of control, but it's fun to get big air right away. The camera is too close, there should be an option to change it. Falls and hitting walls causes a restart of your player, the player doesn't get up like in THPS, I don't like this. Free roaming is awesome, frame rate is great on my 3G[S]. I like the teleporting for sure. Overall it is a B+, fun gameplay but can be a bit annoying when you crash. It is a worthy addition to the 100,000 other apps.