The first time I landed a boardslide on my skateboard was one of the most rewarding moments of my entire (yet short-lived) sporting career. I was 11, still learning how to launch myself into the air, and didn’t quite know how to even approach a rail that was about half my height. Skateboarding, in general, has a steep learning curve. But getting comfortable enough to finally ollie up onto a rail, catch it just right, slide all the way across, and then roll away is euphoric.
Playing Session: Skate Sim brought me all the way back to that first moment of stepping on a board; the controls are unlike any skateboard game I’d played before and the act of moving around required my brain to rewire itself and learn something completely new. And just like real skateboarding, it took practice but became more natural over time. I learned to push and ollie; learned the basics like shove-its and kickflips (something I was never able to do in real life); figured out how to manipulate the board to do what I wanted.
Eventually, what seemed impossible at the start – completing a full session as if I was filming an actual skate video part – became one of the most rewarding moments of my video game career. The controls became natural, and I could big spin down a staircase or switch 5-0 a hubba with relative ease.
Over the past few years, I’ve put roughly 100 hours into the game as an early access title and have picked up some tips and tricks to help anyone new feel comfortable on their board. With Session: Skate Sim officially launching today on PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S, I can’t wait to jump back in, set up a new board, and explore everything the game has to offer.
Take Your Time to Learn
As noted above, the controls aren’t like anything you’ve experienced before. Things may feel daunting at the start, but soon you’ll realize how much control you have. The game claims to be a simulator, and controlling each foot with respective joysticks sure makes it one. Find a staircase or ledge, set your marker so you can keep respawning, and put the practice in – soon the controls will come easy.
Despite the hours I’ve put in, I’m still learning every time I play. With the game offering all-new controls for transition skating and lip tricks, I see myself learning something I could never do on a real board.
Master Your Favorite Trick
Like most pro riders, it helps to figure out what tricks you like the most and master them; it will build confidence and also give you a quick out if you freeze up in the middle of a line. If there’s a trick you want to land but can’t quite figure out how to pull it off, Session: Skate Sim offers a great Trick Guide that shows you how to complete almost anything you’d want to learn.
Look Everywhere To Skate
Session: Skate Sim has built a truly immersive world with real-life spots from major cities that have been featured in skate videos spanning generations. You can skate the Pyramid Ledges in New York, FDR park in Philadelphia, or the newly-added Pier 7 at the Embarcadero in San Francisco, plus a ton more. Going beyond the spots you may recognize, the virtual world is all skateable, creating nearly unlimited possibilities to film if you’re creative enough. Speaking of…
Document the Biggest Moments
Landing big tricks or completing runs can feel incredibly rewarding, so use the replay editor to capture the moment. With different filters and camera lens options, you can make a video part straight out of the ‘90s or use your videographer skills to create something unique – tag @actionofcreate on Twitter and you may get your clip broadcast far and wide.
Inspired by the golden age of street skating – the 1990s – Session: Skate Sim lets you experience true skateboarding and its culture. It officially launches out of Game Preview today and is available on PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.
The standard edition of Session: Skate Sim is available on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S here or grab the Deluxe Edition below:
Session: Skate Sim Deluxe Edition