Two skater simulations are currently competing to win the love of the audience. The first program is called Skater XL and another is Sessions. These games are responsible for a revival of the skater games. The announcement of the famous skater Tony Hawk claims that he wants to bring a remake of his first two games onto the market also fits in with this. At the same time, Electronic Arts has announced that it will launch a fourth part of the skate series. If you don’t want to wait that long, you can now choose between two simulations. But which of these two is a better one?

Skater
Skater

The Technical Differences

The first difference is immediately apparent. The publisher just released version 1.0 of Skater XL. In contrast, Session is still in Early Access. It means that the process of development is still progressing and they did not finally finish the game. There is also a big difference in availability. Skater XL is available for PC and also for PlayStation 4, as well as, Xbox One. The producers have plans to release this simulation on the Nintendo Switch as soon as it will be fully finished. On the other hand, Sessions is currently only available for the PC, so console fans have no chance to try this game now.

The Gameplay

Both games have sophisticated controls, which we know from arcade games. The approach is similar. The sticks of the controller stand for the left and the right foot. You can use the shoulder buttons to turn the body and take turns. The separate control of the legs allows more flexibility and makes the simulation even more realistic. You have to make several entries for a simple ollie. The more precisely you execute the movements with the sticks, the more nuances are possible in the games. So you can make the angle or the height variable. If you compare the two games, you quickly conclude that sessions are more variable. The controls are even more complicated than with the Skater XL. Here you can also conjure up the pressure and late flips on the screen. So you can catch the board, which is not possible with Skater XL. If you can’t handle it, you can change the settings of the game.

The Gameplay
The Gameplay

A Definite Recommendation For Both

However, the unique selling point of Skater XL is that the publisher did not focus on the animations. They based the movements on the laws of physics. So, every gamer can show his style. That demonstrates a kickflip best. Every time you jump from a platform, it looks different than before. It is fun because you can design each move individually. That makes Skater XL easier to play, especially for beginners. The choice of levels is almost identical in both simulations. To sum up, one can say that Skater XL is more accessible, Sessions, on the other hand, stands for more variations and a deeper immersion into the world of skating. There is no story mode in either game. Nevertheless, both providers manage to make the game authentic.