the control scheme really is PERFECT for skateboarding. anyone can pick it up and just have fun with it, the camera may seem awkward at first, but only because most people are used to the 3rd person style of the tony hawk pro skater series. the game uses a 2nd person camera that puts you in the middle of the action and works like a charm when coupled with the thumb stick controls. The story is such that if you get stuck on a certain challenge, then you can just move on to another challenge and come back later to finish it. Since this is a solo sports game, there really is no difficulty level, its not so much about accomplishments, more about fun. The only negative thing i have to say about this game is the annoying fact that the player tends to get snagged on things like curbs and ledges, which makes ollieing up a curb or ledge more like a chore at awkward times.