Now launching across PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC, "Skater XL" is a return to the glory days of the "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater" and "Skate" franchises.
After causing a flutter at E3 2019, "SkateBIRD" may only be ready to fly in early 2021, but there's plenty to dip into right now.
"SkateBIRD" creator and Glass Bottom Games studio founder Megan Fox is on record as a big fan of realistic skateboarding sim "Skater XL," out this week to a phenomenal reception.
It's got mo-cap skateboarders, tons of customization, iconic spots and community maps, plus intuitive flick-stick controls and relentlessly-modelled physics.
And, of course, the obligatory skate-culture soundtrack: wipe out to the sounds of Band Of Horses, Animal Collective, Silversun Pickups, the aptly named Built to Spill, and so on.
"Why isn't SkateBIRD more realistic, you cou-"— Megan Fox (@glassbottommeg) February 4, 2020
Because Skater XL is probably the best sim-skater ever, and there's nooooo way I could ever topple it. You want a more realistic skate model, I'm pointing you at them. They're doing amazing work.
I THOUGHT THIS WAS A REAL SKATE VID https://t.co/irl7oTt44a
Speaking to us as "SkateBIRD" finished a week's showcase in the Xbox Games Fest, Fox was happy to recommend several other indie releases.
Vigilante action game "Hotline Miami" was a sensation when it dropped in 2012, and "Lithium City" is "like if 'Hotline Miami' was willing to be weirder and less just-shooting," Fox says.
Developed by a three-person team based out of the Philippines -- an older brother (designer and programmer), his wife (entrepreneur and interior designer), and his younger brother (musician) -- the game launched in June after six years, three more children, and an effective masterclass in home baking.
Then there's "Umurangi Generation," if you fancy testing your pro photography skills in dystopian New Zealand: "an extremely indie 'Pokemon Snap' that's got style for days."
Released in May to very positive reviews, it's on Steam for Windows PCs, with demos on Steam and Itch.
Fans of engrossing sci-fi will like 2015's cyberpunk mystery "Technobabylon," which "turns out to be a GREAT adventure game with some gay robots and the best food-synthesis AI I've ever talked to in a video game," so snap it up on iOS, or on Windows PC via Steam, Humble and GOG.
And Fox is not shy on other upcoming skateboarding games - there's "Skate Story," a surreal, crystalline spin on EA's standard-setting "Skate," with "that same really grounded feeling, but set in the Dante's Inferno of skateboarding or something," and "Ollie-Oop" (now wishlistable on Steam), whose wide-eyed pup is looking for his friend.
"Yeah, I don't tend to think of other skate games as competition," she says. "There's a ton of eyeballs out there, and I really don't think me lifting up the other skate games is gonna somehow lose me a sale. Even if it does, for example the devs of 'Ollie-Oop' are folks I'd love to see succeed, so that's cool I guess?"
"I dunno, I just don't worry about it. We're all in this together."