|Platform(s)||PlayStation, PlayStation Network|
|Mode(s)||Single player, 2 player multiplayer|
Street Sk8er - known as Street Skater in PAL territories - is a skateboarding video game for the PlayStation. It was first released in Japan in 1998 under the name Street Boarders, then was licensed by Electronic Arts for distribution in America in 1999. It was re-released later in Japan as part of the Simple 1500 series of budget games under the name The Skateboard. On 6 May 2008 it was released on the PlayStation 3 in Europe as a download via the PlayStation Store.
Players attempt to clear each track by scoring a minimum number of points within a set time limit. The tracks consist of obstacles to perform tricks on, including rails, benches and half-pipes. By clearing a stage the player earns experience points that can be used to make the skater faster, more agile, able to jump higher, etc.
The game's soundtrack features music by various punk bands, including:
All other music composed by Toshiyuki Kakuta.
The game disc could be inserted into any CD player with the entire soundtrack playable.
The UK Official PlayStation Magazine rated Street Skater 8 out of 10.
Next Generation reviewed the PlayStation version of the game, rating it two stars out of five, and stated that "In the end, Street Sk8ter is mildly diverting, but it just isn't polished enough to be a standout title. Skateboarding fans will just have to keep playing 720° until a triple-A skating title hits the market."
Street Sk8er 2 - known as Street Skater 2 in Europe and Street Boarders 2 in Japan - is the official sequel to Street Sk8er, and received better reviews than the original. It was released on March 1, 2000 in North America, on August 10, 2000 in Japan and in 2000 in Europe again only for the PlayStation. On March 12, 2009 it was released on the PlayStation Network in Europe.