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Massive Skate 2 patch offers custom soundtracks, fixes off-board controls

21 March 2009

The Skate franchise is centered around fluidity; skating around the San Vanelona feels so natural and real. When the developers revealed that players could get off of their boards in Skate 2, the skateboarding masses rejoiced -- until the game launched. The mechanic was nearly broken, with skaters handling more like tanks than humans.

Fresh from the Skate 2 Producer Blog comes word of a 'Title Update' which will "improve [the] responsiveness of off-board controls," as well as add custom soundtrack support, a feature much appreciated in this type of game. The update will be available this Monday, March 23. Check out the complete list of changes, fixes, and additions below.

-Improve responsiveness of off-board controls, modified left stick behavior to improve feel of off-board movement

-Eliminate scoring exploit for Hippie Jump 180s in multiplayer Spot Battle

-Eliminate the wipeout exploit with off-board and the Superdude trick

-Fixed mute and stale grab tricks to use proper hand when performed in conjunction with a hand gesture

-Fix the occasionally popping of visual indicators (sign-ups, arrows, etc)

-Added support for custom soundtracks for the PS3

-Face and Body settings will now load properly in saved replays

-Character models will be in high detail when viewing a replay

-Visual indicators (sign-up icons/arrows) are no longer visible in replays and videos

-Remove the confirmation pop-up when retrying a challenge

-Reduce potential for pedestrians to spawn in an active challenge location

-Modified "Can you spell Girl?" challenge so the player starts with the lead

-Remove the 3,2,1 countdown when retrying a film challenge

-All Thrasher challenges unlock properly in the career progression

-When starting an Own the Spot via the Challenge Map, the player's session marker is automatically set for them

-Updated the online mini-map so skaters appear as the same color indicated in the player HUD

-Improved quality of character images generated for display on skate.reel web profiles

-EXP is no longer awarded for players that don't attempt a trick during a Ranked game of S.K.A.T.E.

-Modified deathrace intro sequences to eliminate camera clipping

-Online Freeskate Activities (Survival) - Increase the tolerance for ‘skating too slowly' while in the air

-Online Spot Battle/Hall of Meat - Spectators can again trigger hand gestures during another player's turn


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