Review by SkaterDude

"Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 is a new leap in the genre of extreme sports games."

Activision is known for the very popular pro (insert extreme sport here) games. This is the third Pro Skater game in the series and I have played all of them and this is by far the best one yet. The dozens of new tricks and skaters to choose make this game an outstanding title for GameCube rivaling the best games available for any system.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 is a new leap in the genre of extreme sports game and what they are capable of. Although it is not a total breakthrough in graphics, this game still takes complete advantage of the GameCube's power. Pro Skater 3 has come a long way from its original brethren, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1. The basic structure and controls have not changed much but the game is totally different and has many new features entirely unique to its release.

Graphics 9/10

Activision has completely taken advantage of pixel shading(for those of you who do not know what that is think of shadows added to each little color dot on the screen added for realism) to make it look real to life. Although the graphics are superb, there are some holes in the game's levels where you can skate through solid objects, taking away the realism, although not taking away the fun.

Sound 10/10

Pro Skater's sound is some of the most realistic of any game around. You can almost feel like you are in a skate park with the realism and quality of the sound.

In addition to excellent sound effects the music is also some of the best for any game available on any system. A wide variety of music to choose from Rap to Punk and everything in between makes this a very prized soundtrack. Some artists include, The Ramones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Powerman 5000, and many others.

Controls 7/10

Pro Skater's controls are among some of the simplest of any game on the market today. With the correct settings, a 5-year old could control it. However, the features such as self-push and many grab tricks or specials are complicated and lower the controls rating.

Story 2/10

As with most sports games there is no story. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater however has manage to add in a small story although you must be a skater yourself to notice it. Your goal according to the story line is to collect demo tapes to help get you sponsored and get funded to go to new areas.

Thats about it with story. None of the characters have any story line in the game although some have to do with skating history itself although I won't spoil anything yet for you.

Gameplay 10/10

This is partially a personal opinion. This game, although not true to real life has some very fun and exciting things to do, and with all of the secrets you can never get tired.

Replay Value 10/10

This game has to have the highest replay value of any game. Each Skater has totally different stats and styles of skating adding to the unique style of the game. The secrets unlockable make this game a must to play again and again. You could play this game over 20 times and still continue to find out more exciting stuff.

Multi-player 8/10

The multi-player options in this game make the possibilities so endless that you could go on forever playing the various types of challenges on each park and even on your own. With so many options, even the novice player could enjoy this section.

Overall 10/10
This is possibly one of the greatest games I have ever played or ever will play again. The evolution of this game is so different from the original Pro Skater game.

Rent or Buy: Buy

Although this game could be rented, it is really not worth it unless you only want to play head-to-head. Buying it allows you to really unlock it's potential.

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 02/07/02, Updated 02/07/02

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