wow, I wholeheartedly disagree. Skate 2 is just so much smoother, the animations are cleaner, it has way more of a satisfying feeling when you land something and in my opinion it is way harder to land in skate 2. Play skate 2 and then skate 1 and you will see. Dont get me wrong, skate one was an unbelievable game and absolutely shattered barriers, but skate 2 is clearly an improvement. It just feels more real to me. In my opinion the fun track level far outweighs any advantages that skate 1 may have had in terms of x-games/mega compound.
I like the finer points of the game, I love to get ripped and just bomb from the top of the mountain all the way to the waterfront, and just the general carving and pumping controls are so much more legit, I could carve turns in that game for hours. Also, I think that when mastered, the vert in skate 2 is just unbelievable, the way it vibrates when you pump just right, just overall cleaner from the riding perspective.