Skate 3 is not merely a sequel of Skate 1 or 2. It has a better graphic design and some updates to make the experience feel as real as possible.
This game is compatible with Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, and Xbox One X Enhanced.
This is a significant upgrade that can change the way tricks work. Many players have reported that it’s harder to flip in Skate 3 than the other two.
However, they also said that when they had got the hang of it, Skate 3 is way more authentic.
To help you stay up to date with the changes, I compile this list of how to flip in Skate 3.
This article also has my own comparison of the three versions of Skate and a review for parents. Keep reading to find out.
How to do Basic Flips in Skate 3
Make your character jumps as you usually do, and then grasp one of the triggers so that the character snatches the skateboard.
Pull the left stick forward quickly. Timing is very important here as it can make or break your performance.
Hold the stick until the character finishes the flip.
To do a backflip, right at when you take off the ground, hold one of the grab buttons and then direct to where you want your character to flip.
Again, timing is crucial here as you have to be as quick as possible to start.
Don’t worry, new skills always take time to master. Once you get the hang of it, you will have a solid base to learn harder flipping tricks.
The body flip is where players notice the most significant difference between Skate 3 and Skate 2.
To do body flip, first, your character must snatch the board. After that, it will be able to flip.
Firstly, make your character moves as usual.
And then rotate the stick on the left to where you want the character to perform the body flip.
To do finger flip, first you pull off an Ollie, and then when the avatar is on the way up, make him or her grab the board by holding R2.
When the character is in midair (don’t let go of the R2), pull off a kickflip.
Superdude Body Flip
This is a cool achievement that I know many of you struggle to make. I think this trick is harder than any of the above so I will make a more detailed guide.
This one is also called Miracle Whip and it’s basically doing a body flip while performing a superdude.
To do the superdude, you hit both triggers and hit B, that’s the button on the far right.
The trick here is that you don’t touch the left thumbstick until you get into the air. Then immediately hit both triggers and hit down or up.
This is more about the practice to get the timing right so don’t be discouraged if you don’t make it after the first try.
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Combining Flip Tricks
Try combining flip tricks and you will end up with many creative and cool performances. Here I will list some of the combinations I have discovered:
Hardflip is a combination of a kickflip and a frontside pop shove-it.
This trick is harder than it sounds. If you don’t get much practice with it, your performance may get really awkward. One of the scenarios I can think of now is the board can go off course and move upright.
2. Laser Flip
A nollie is nothing more than an Ollie performed backward.
To do this trick, pop the board up using the front foot while the back foot levels the board off.
4. Nollie 360 Flip
5. Nollie 360 Hardflip
6. Nollie 360 Inward Heelflip
7. 360 Flip
To do this flip, you start off a kickflip by kicking the board. Then, you do a backside 360 shove-it. So basically, the 360 flip is to do a kickflip and a backside 360 shove-it one after another.
8. 360 Hardflip
9. 360 Inward Heelflip
10. 360 Shuvit
11. Double Heelflip
The Heelflip and the Ollie are the most basic tricks in Skate 3.
This trick strikes a resemblance to the Ollie, but exactly when the board is popped, you flip it 360 degrees.
To do this trick, firstly, you pop the board, and then use the front foot’s heel to flick the board’s nose off.
Wait until the board completes a circle to catch it and land.
12. FS Shuvit
You do an FS Shove-it by starting in the way you would with an Ollie.
You jump and then use your foot to do the following respectively: push the tail down and make it spin clockwise or counterclockwise.
This trick can be performed either frontside or backside as with other flipping ones.
By now you should have recognized the similarity between an FS Shuvit and a normal shove-it.
However, the two bear a difference.
In the FS Shuvit, the board is higher above the ground than in its counterpart. So the former trick can be used while coming across an obstacle.
Skate 3 Compares to Previous Versions
I have played Skate 1, Skate 2, and Skate 3 for several hours in total. Here is what I notice about the three versions:
- Skate 1 has a pretty large world.
- Decent skating mechanics.
- Players are limited to onboard movement only.
- You don’t have much of a control in watching replays.
- Fewer tricks compare to other versions.
- The local multiplayer is free and the single player mode is better designed in Skate 2.
- Skate 2’s map connects way better than its Skate 3’s counterpart.
- The map in Skate 2 has more spots and lines to explore than that of Skate 3.
- The character can walk around the field without the board.
- More tricks available than its previous version.
- Objects’ location can be customized in the way players want.
- The off-board movements feel a little awkward.
- As the character lands, the collision occurs when the board hits the grounds look glitchy.
- You can design the world your character is in.
- Skate 3 provides better “skate feeling” than all other previous versions. You have to approximate the feet movements of your character to perform a double kickflip. In other words, Skate 3 allows a real-life feel.
- Skate 3 has better trick pool than Skate 2.
- Skate 3 has better graphic design than its two previous versions.
- The off-board and onboard mechanics have fewer jerks than in Skate 1 and 2.
- It has three levels of difficulty so you have more chance to challenge yourself.
- Relatively fewer opportunities to explore.
- Harder than its two previous versions but the feeling is more real.
What Parents Need to Know About Skate 3
A good piece of news for parents is that even though Skate 3 is rated Teen, it’s actually a lot less violent than other games on the same category.
While the latter aims at injuring or even killing other characters, Skate 3 put a heavy emphasis on cooperation and community. Players will act as a young entrepreneur on his way to set up a skateboarding company.
However, please note that one of Skate 3’s mode rewards players when they put their character in serious injuries.
Parents should also monitor when their children playing online. While there is no foul language used in the game itself, your child could be exposed to it via the open voice communication. If your child is under 12, I don’t recommend opening the online mode.
A real danger I make out from this game is that some young players can try to imitate what their character does in real life. These tricks and stunts are designed to be as authentic as possible, so they can give out a feeling that they are easy to perform.
Here I will share in more details.
The violence degree of Skate 3 is milder than many shooting games but it doesn’t mean it has no potential harm.
The opening scene shows a man performing a skateboarding trick and has a really bad fall.
Players’ avatars can skate into pedestrians and cause them to fall over. For the first time you do this, either accidentally or willingly, they will let the avatars go. However, the avatars can be “tazed” if this happens too much.
Skate 3 aims at creating an as authentic as possible experience so if the characters in the game fall over, he or she can have scrapers, bruises, and falls.
These minor injuries are visible on the avatar and sometimes players can see a little blood.
Skate 3 has a mode called “Hall of Meat” that parents should care about.
This mode requires players to impose as many injuries on the avatar as possible. Players get points for breaking the characters’ bones.
As I share above, the open voice communication can expose young players with foul languages other players use. However, there is an option to mute other players.
There is a joke about a “hot secretary” in the game.
Other than that, the real concern is players can edit the avatar’s clothes. A male character can skate topless, while the female character may wear a sports bra if the player wants.
They can also put a tattoo on their characters. One tattoo comes in the form of a girl in a bikini.
Skate 3’s spiritual content is limited to a tattoo that pictures a devil-like figure and a trick called “Christ air”
Here I will list some vulgar instances in the game:
- There is a scene with a character picking his nose with a hook.
- One character says to another one “Do you need me to bless it with some of my urine?”
- A few signs in the city read some insinuations such as one sign says “Master Bait & Tackle”
- A skateboard has an image of a marijuana leaf and a logo says “Think Green”.
I have played several Tony Hawk games and loved them so much that before I purchased Skate 3, I wonder if I will ruin all the good impression. To my great relief, Skate 3 exceeds my expectations.
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The feeling it brings is so real that I think few games can compare. Skate 3 also has a higher learning curve than most of the previous games I have experienced. While this may discourage many players, I think that if you don’t give up on it too early, what you get is quite rewarding.
If you have mastered some cool tricks and want to share your skills with the world, Skate 3 allows you to record, edit, and share the video with other players.
For players who wish to compete or cooperate with other players, Skate 3 has several online modes to support you.
All of these benefits make what I pay for the money-well-spent. My friends and I enjoy the game very much.
However, one major drawback I notice is the challenges are, well, not challenging enough to encourage players. So I lost my interest as after a while.
Another thing I don’t like about the game is its frame-rate. For example, when you are the only character performing onscreen, the actions are smooth and fast. When there are a lot of activities going on, the game might grind or halt.
In my opinion, Skate 3 is a great game and suitable for teens.
Skate 3’s flips are more challenging to pull off than those of the two previous versions. However, don’t be deterred if you don’t succeed in the first try. The harder it is, the more rewarding when you make it.
Skate 3 has several nice updates and it’s worth the money I spent on it. If you are one of those who are still wondering if you should have Skate 3, read my comparison and reviews to find out more details of the game.
Don’t forget to try some of the tricks I share and if you discover some more cool flips, remember to let me know in the comment section.