These Are the Absolute Best Skateboarding Video Games Ever

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Every hardcore shredder knows it's been a long road wrought with sketchy runways and annoying speed wobbles for video games that truly represent the sensation of skateboarding. Many have tried, but few titles capture the sport's pretty straightforward key elements: a simple, original premise (i.e. one board, myriad obstacles), sense of anti-authority, the nuance and array of tricks (and associated gnarly bails), requisite humor necessary to deal with said eating of concrete/cop hassles, and rad music to tie it all together. Easy, right? Wrong! Unless we're talking the exclusive rankers making up the following list. These — and only these bad boys, in the order given, are certified ramp royalty.
These Are the Absolute Best Skateboarding Video Games Ever

2Skate or Die

Much respect for the old school title that started it all. Though not the first game to feature skateboarding, this property (also from Electronic Arts), was the most successful at incorporating the basic elements of the sport. Features like the Downhill Jam, Half-Pipe, and Pool Joust let players experience a rudimentary form of street skating, mix aerial control with smaller coping tricks, and addressed the dangerous subculture with weaponized pool battle (popularized in the 1986 film Thrashin'). Also: mohawks! With characters named Rodney Recloose, Bionic Lester, Poseur Pete, and Aggro Eddie, Skate or Die! managed more grungy humor than should be expected on an 8-bit creation.

There’s a fair amount of other titles out there that were either too repetitive or simply unimpressive to be included. This group represents the best of the best, in the perfect order. Anyone who says otherwise is clearly a poser, but go ahead and try your own list — just don’t be surprised when it ends in road rash.

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