Skateboarding games have a rotten reputation. There aren’t many of them, and they’re best known for creating endless sequels without ever doing anything innovative with the gameplay. Our first look at Skate 2 convinced us that the more things change, the more things stay the same.

The fact is, Skate 2 is a skateboarding sequel, and it hasn’t really changed much in its gameplay. In this case, however, we’re pleased by the repetition: Skate’s animation and graphics were impressive, and the control system provided an enjoyable and intuitive method of doing tricks. It’s to EA’s credit that it has kept the game’s strongest features intact for Skate 2.

What few additions EA has made are very minor, but useful nonetheless. You can now instantly access any part of the map without all that tedious travelling, and you can rearrange ramps and street furniture to create your own action areas. Visit The Leisure Lab to watch our full Skate 2 review.