Skate 2

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Skate 2
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Developer(s) EA Black Box
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Series Skate
Release date(s) NA January 21, 2009
AU January 22, 2009
EU January 23, 2009
Release type Console exclusive
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
GameID(s) BLUS30253 (IRD), BLES00461 (IRD)
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NPEB90131
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Skate 2 (stylized as skate 2) is the second installment in the Skate series. It is a skateboarding extreme sports game set in an open world environment and played from a third-person perspective. The game takes place in the fictional city of New San Vanelona, which tries its hardest to stop skaters, unlike the first installment in the Skate series. With a changed city, a hope to revive skating, and security everywhere, the gameplay provides quite a different feel to the first game. New San Vanelona is made up of five districts, The Res, Waterfront, Cougar Mountain, Old Town and Downtown, Although the overall look of the city is very urban (except Downtown) each district has its own unique designs and monuments. Downtown is full of slick ledges and rails, while the Upper Res is full of banks and pools to empty. Cougar Mountain is the coolest; it is home to a huge dam that has to be emptied, Danny Way's Mega Compound that is big and has lots of room to nail those hard to make tricks and grabs.

Several notable skateboarding professionals appear throughout the game, such as Danny Way, Darren Navarette, Terry Kennedy, Eric Koston, Chris Cole, Pat Duffy, and Marc Johnson.

Configuration

Only options that deviate from the default configuration to ensure best performance are listed below. The full list of default options is available here.

CPU configuration

Setting Option Notes
SPU block size Safe Mega seems a bit slower with more fluctuation in FPS

GPU configuration

Setting Option Notes
ZCULL accuracy Relaxed Improves performance, no known issues
Write color buffers On Fixes excessive brightness
Multithreaded RSX On Improves performance

Known Issues

Objects can fall through the ground randomly - Issue 11936

When in-game, objects such as rubbish bins can fall through the ground then appear in the normal position and fall through the ground again repeatedly. A workaround for it is to use ASMJIT for SPU Decoding, you can also try testing on RPCS3 builds older than May 2022 as according to user reports this regression only popped up sometime around that month. Rebooting the game will also fix it.

Special Notes

Netplay testing

For the complete list of games tested with RPCN, please check the RPCN Compatibility List.

Game Version Connects? Create/Join lobbies? Match with others? Online features working? Notes
1.02 Yes No No No Fails to connect to EA Nation Custom server(WIP) page

Patches

PPU-c5d2fd31933f88313956774b84346d242979eba6:
  21:9 Aspect Ratio:
    Games:
      "Skate 2":
        BLUS30253: [ 01.02 ]
    Author: tuukkas
    Notes: Users need to enable the "Stretch to Display Area" option in RPCS3 for this patch to work.
    Patch Version: 1.0
    Patch:
      - [ be32, 0x01311760, 0x4002F1BD ]
  Disable Fisheye:
    Games:
      "Skate 2":
        BLUS30253: [ 01.02 ]
    Author: illusion
    Notes:
    Patch Version: 1.0
    Patch:
      - [ be32, 0x0043c84c, 0xc0090088 ] # lfs f0,0x88(r9)
      - [ be32, 0x0043c808, 0xc3c90048 ] # lfs f30,0x48(r9)

PPU-8fd7b704255420d0e9a6b337b6d1bcaae39ff569:
  21:9 Aspect Ratio:
    Games:
      "Skate 2":
        BLES00461: [ 01.02 ]
    Author: tuukkas
    Notes: Users need to enable the "Stretch to Display Area" option in RPCS3 for this patch to work.
    Patch Version: 1.0
    Patch:
      - [ be32, 0x01311760, 0x4002F1BD ]
  Disable Fisheye:
    Games:
      "Skate 2":
        BLES00461: [ 01.02 ]
    Author: illusion
    Notes:
    Patch Version: 1.0
    Patch:
      - [ be32, 0x0043c84c, 0xc0090088 ] # lfs f0,0x88(r9)
      - [ be32, 0x0043c808, 0xc3c90048 ] # lfs f30,0x48(r9)