Review by sonicfreak77

"Un-polished and feels rushed, but not bad"

Let me just start off by saying that I loved the first Underground. It was so new and cool, it blew me away. The sheer fact that you could get off your board was enough. Now, Underground 2 has come out. Of course, I rent it right away, expecting another great game. Did I get it? Read on. NOW.

Graphics 7/10
First off, the graphics. The levels are AMAZING. Almost anything in the stages are fun to do tricks off of, the design is great. The people is another story. The people's animations and looks are not much improved over THUG. Especially the cutscenes. The faces are crappy when compared with the graphical capabilities of the current consoles. Mouths barely move. But, they aren't THAT bad. They're good enough, and graphics don't make the game, right?

Audio 9/10
Sounds are pretty good, the board rolling on the ground is great, grinding sounds are great, normal stuff. The voice-overs are okay, especially Paulie. However, the music is where the game shines. Many tracks from bands that nobody has heard of litter the game, but most of them are actually really good. So the audio is very good.

Controls 10/10
Controls have always been awesome with Tony Hawk games. No exception here.

Story 7/10
You have been picked to be on Tony Hawk's team in the World Destruction Tour: A global event where two skateboarding teams go head-to-head to see who can cause the most destruction. Tony is against Bam Margera, from Viva La Bam. Your job is to cause as much mayhem as humanly possible.

Gameplay 7/10
Finally. Now, what can POSSIBLY be wrong with the gameplay of a Tony Hawk game? Not too much. The goals get tough toward the end, but they are still easy for the veterans. You are first flung into an open environment which you can explore at your own free will, and do challenges. Each challenge has a certain point value, and you need 400 points to move on to the next of 6 cities around the world. You can switch to a pro skater in the level, as well as find a guest skater and a special skater. The special skaters don't ride skateboards. Each skater has his own set of goals. Some goals change the level, requiring you to do new things, changing your strategy. As well as the story mode, there is a Classic mode, where you do 2 minute runs like the first 3 Tony Hawk games. There is a Create-A-Mode, where you can create skaters, parks, graphics, decks, and more. Overall, the gameplay just feels rushed and un-polished. But it's not bad at all.

Multiplayer 9/10
Several multiplayer games, for 2 players, are available. Trick Attack, Graffiti, Horse, King of the Hill, Free Skate, and Firefight. In Firefight, you try to hit each other with fireballs that you shoot out of your board. Very fun. You can go to any level you've been to in Story mode, or a list of Pre-Made Parks. Overall, multiplayer is great.

Replayability 7/10
There is a lot to do in this game. However, after beating it, you may not want to work on getting every last gap, or every tape. If you don't want to bother doing all that annoying work, then multiplayer is all that is really left.

Buy or Rent?
Right now, this is a New Release. It is 50 bucks. NOT WORTH THAT MUCH! Unless you REALLY want it, then you should definitely wait until the price drops a lot. Underground 1 is only 20 bucks right now. Just wait a year or so, then get THUG 2 for 20 bucks. Unless you REALLY want it, then wait.

Overall, this game is very good. The only real problems with it is that it feels rushed and un-polished. Other than that, it's a good game.

SCORES
Graphics 7/10
Audio 9/10
Controls 10/10
Story 7/10
Gameplay 7/10
Multiplayer 9/10
Overall 8/10


Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 10/18/04


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