Skateboarding games have changed a lot since the 1980s. With new hardware comes new engines, which leads to better physics, fancier graphics, and new innovations like the genre-changing dual-stick controls seen in games such as Skate. But while the genre is seeing a resurgence thanks to SkateBird and a new Skate sequel on the horizon (footage of which reportedly just leaked), some of the best skating video game series are either obscure or long-dormant. There are also a bevy of new games that remind me why the skateboarding genre is so cool.
So let’s chart some of the best of the best. In no particular order, here are my top eight skateboarding games I think any fan of the genre should totally check out.