To start, I'm not a fan of the uber sktating franchises such as Tony Hawk and Skate. These titles at one point were fun, but slowly attempted to alter their formula into something straying from the average person who might enjoy these games.
I was on a cheap shopping binge, looking for titles I was curious about and came upon Shaun White Skateboarding. After watching a video or two, I was intrigued. The player has the ability to alter the surroundings by performing different tricks (similar in some sense to "Da Blob"). So while the concept was captivating to me, I needed to know if the game suffered from the disorienting camera of "Skate" or the ho-hum control scheme of the latter "Tony Hawk" series.
When I received the game, I was pleasantly surprised. Sure, there's a level of camp with the story, trying to tell a story of Big Brother (The Ministry) trying to control the population with skating somehow being the "good guys" righting these wrongs through skating". While the concept is eye rolling, what ended up being wonderful was the method the player interacts with the world.
As the ministry has controlled the world, it has enveoloped everything in a grey color scheme. Freedom in the form of skating paints the world with bright and beautiful colors. As you play, you unlock new abilities such as controlling rails up and out in the world, allowing ramps to produce in particular locations, and creating your own path through the world.
The controls are easy to learn and quite enjoyable. While diehard skating fans might not enjoy this game due to allegiances to their particular brand, those who find the other endeavors too much to handle, this is a nice learning experience with moments that will make you chuckle.
There might be more technical skate board games out there, but few were as enjoyable without becoming a complete simulation. I definitely recommend this and most certainly at the more recent budgeted price. -Adam