Saturday, May 05, 2007

Skate's Revolutionary Control Scheme

EA has been saying that Skate, their upcoming Tony Hawk rival, has somekind of radically different control scheme that is teh awesome. Well now a video has been released (see below) that actually shows kind of what the controls are and I have to say I am pleased with what EA has done.

Traditionally skateboarding game controls have been very similar to that used by players to perform special moves in Beam Em' Ups like Street Fighter and Tekken, but Skate changes this by seemingly using a gesture based system with the analogue sticks. The right analogue stick seems to control vertical board movement and then the left analogue stick seems to control horizontal board movements. I don't believe this will be easier to play with than the scheme currently used in Tony Hawk games, but certainly the emphasis on memorising button combinations is almost eliminated completely and exchanges it for a system that is more symbolic of the actions that the player is trying to preform with their virtual skater.