Review by Hank
"A must have for any gamer."
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater was a smash success back in 1999 on the PlayStation, and it found its way to other consoles, such as the Dreamcast, N64, and Game Boy Color. The game was followed by sequel a year later. Another year later, another sequel hits the PS2, and at the GameCube launch. But, does it achieve heavenly status again? Read on to find out.
The graphics are very good. Not bad by any means. But, it does look very remisent of a PS2 game, which isn't bad, but it does show in areas that it is a port. All in all, the graphics are ported over to the system very well, and look great.
First things first, the series has always had some great licensed music. Almost nothing can top the soundtrack of the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series. This is no different. Has great licensed tracks, if some are a bit stupid. The sounds are right on, grinding sounds, crashing sounds, any sound you hear will be right on. Of what voices there are (outside of the songs), such as in the Canada stage, aren't so bad, but some sound a bit hokey.
The control is great. The D-Pad is a bit small to use, but if you want to use it, you'll adjust to it. For me, though, it's a whole lot easier to control with the analogue stick. As with the rest of the series, the face buttons are always used the most. A is the crouch, and release it to jump. B is kickflip, Y lets you grind, and X lets you pull off random tricks. L and R let you rotate the skater when you fly up on a halfpipe, and Z lets you change the view. Very simple stuff.
The Tony Hawk series has always been a lot of fun, and this proves no different. Get high scores, pull off a few tricks to complete missions, get the secret tape, and collect the letters S-K-A-T-E, it's all as much fun as ever. However, if you're looking for something different from the first two games, this one isn't much different, other than you don't earn money like the second one. It's a lot of fun though, and there's multiplayer, too. This has always been a pretty popular multiplayer game.
This one will last you a long while, and has some good multiplayer, like the last incarnations. The graphics, sound (music especially), control, and gameplay are all great. Pick it up.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 01/19/02, Updated 01/19/02
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