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

4Top Skater

Not all these charters were living room hits. During a lengthy drought of skateboarding titles, the actual sport became more technical. Sega's Top Skater answered this real life development by placing arcade players atop a deck shaped control flanked on either side by a pair of stabilizing bars. More of a race against the clock with extra time awarded for tricks than anything else, this title deserves kudos for reviving an interest in the genre. Though others would come along to do it better, the fact that skaters everywhere lined up for a chance to bust huge gaps in the virtual realm earned Top Skater a rightful spot on this list.

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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