Review by ieatdirttoo
"A welcome addition to the series!"
For those who don't know, the Tony Hawk franchise is the most successful extreme sports game series ever. It all started with Tony Hawks Pro Skater, which we all know was the simplest game in the series. In late 2000 Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2 was released, and fixed almost all the flaws of the original. The next year Tony Hawks Pro Skater 3 was released, and is considered by many to be the best installment yet. Now we have Tony Hawk's Underground.
This is Tony hawk, what do you expect? It's a tradition in TH games to add a new feature with every game, and this one doesn't dodge that. Instead of having a career mode in which you must perform certain tasks to continue to the next level, THUG throws in a STORY mode. Yes, as you progress through the game the story will continually be fed to you. Another major gameplay addition has been added this time, walking. You can now hop of your board and run around climbing up buildings. This helps relieve you when in deep combos. You can hop of your board and for a few seconds your combo will stay alive. This makes getting high scores much easier. Levels are now much more realistic and have a distinct feel. Several cities and urban metropolises are added, as well as the addition of THREE updated levels from Tony Hawk 2.
Ouch. The story for this game, while solid, is hardly existent at all. While not based of the gameplay, the story does little to set itself apart from other games. You're a street punk rising up within the ranks to become a pro, blah blah blah. Along the way you will be backstabbed a few times by your friends and you will have to face off against them again.
Tony Hawk has always been above average in graphics, and this installment is no exception. The crisp player models and the stunning environments are at times breathtaking. The Xbox version has almost no jaggies and the texture quality is outstanding. Overall the graphics are outstanding, and you can't forget that the game runs at a constant 60fps.
Yet another thing that Tony Hawk shines in. The soundtrack, while a bit uninspired is extremely varied and most people will find something to enjoy. While no tracks are really worth mentioning, the sheer amount of songs included is phenomenal.
Overall, Tony Hawk's Underground is a great game for hardcore fans or for casual gamers. Pick it up.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 05/31/05
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