Review by Tazar
"A great installment to the legendary skateboarding series, Tony Hawk."
Tony hawk started off on the Nintendo 64, Playstation, and the Dreamcast. He is now more widespread, being on the Gamecube, X-box, Gameboy Advance, Gameboy Color, and Playstation 2. He has moved up a notch since the first game. The first game had a bad way of linking tricks, because the only way of doing it was to ollie of of a grind onto another grind. Tony Hawk 2 was much improved. With the new manual to link grinds was nice. But now, the endless combos start with Tony Hawk 3 and the revert.
The graphics are beautiful on the Gamecube. Smooth animation the whole way through, never stopping. A few glitches here and there, but mainly only when using the cheats. The moves are very realistic, you could almost learn how to skateboard off of this game.
The sound is okay. It has a wide variety of songs on it, from Redman to the Ramones, it has a lot. A few rap, a few wierd ''hillbilly'' songs I don't know how to classify. The Sound effects are nice. They go along smoothly with whatever you are doing.
The controls for the GCN were set up perfectly. Sure, if you're coming from a different controller, like PS2, then you'll have to get used to it. I caught on right away. They are responsive, and never fail.
The gameplay is the main factor of this game, as of all Tony Hawk Games. They did a nice job of it to. There are 9 goals for each level. 3 scores, a do a trick here objective, wreck 5 things, collect SKATE, collect the secret tape, and two random things usually having to do with the levels layout. Such as Canada you have to get chuck's lip unstuck.
They ditched the money in this game to. Now you collect 5 hidden stat points throughout the level, and find the hidden deck. It is better than the money system in my opinion.
There are 22 hidden things in the game, not counting the movies. For each time you beat the game with a different character, you get something new, whether it be a cheat or character or level.
The create-a-skater mode is good. You can customize pretty well everything. In addition, you can now create female skaters.
The create-a-park mode is also good. There are more glitches in your own parks, but barely noticeable. You can add a lot of different details and add-ons to your parks too.
Tony Hawk games just aren't Tony Hawk games without replay value. With so many hidden characters and codes, the classic multiplayer game H-O-R-S-E, this game is always fun!
Rent or Buy: Buy
This game has great replay value, so buy it. The only thing that is a slack from it's PS2 counterpart is that it has no online-play. The loading times take about 10 seconds, but you won't be using the loading, because the only time there is loading times is when you are entering or leaving the skateshop.
This game is good all around. I definitely recommend getting this game to complete your GCN library. If you didn't like the first two, you probably won't like this one. But I still say rent it because #3 to the series is a big improvement.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 02/03/02, Updated 02/03/02
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