Review by ReelBigFish100

"The Hawkster comes to GBA. But is it any good?"

The Tony Hawk games have now been on almost every console and has always sold by the bucket load. But now here he is again in the worlds first 3D handheld skating game. But does that mean it's any good? Let's find out.

Graphics. 10 out of 10

Well these graphics are amazing, especially considering this on on a handheld. The skater's animation is fluid and it easy to tell the skaters apart. There is also an option to zoom in on the skater when one of their special tricks but I wouldn't recommend it as the graphics are in a much lower resolution and look nowhere as good as they would usually. But even zoomed in the graphics don't look terrible.
These graphics wouldn't look out of place on a PSOne!

Sound/Music 10 out of 10

The punk/rock music in the console version have been taken out and been replaced by more punk/rock tunes composed especially for the GBA. Surprisingly they are really good and with the volume turned right up the music really blasts out of the tiny GBA speaker. It can be heard from a long way away.
The sound effects aren't quite as good but are still very good and are clear so you can tell if the skater is grinding or bailing.

Options 9 out of 10

The options are very good and plenty of options including ''kid mode'' which is good for any of the younger Tony Hawk players out there. Kid mode makes landing tricks easier and easier to balance.
There are 13 skaters including Hawk, (obviously) Cabellero, Muska, Mullen, Steamer and Burnquist.

Gameplay 10 out of 10

Very fluid gameplay and and very addictive. The game has no slowdown what-so-ever. The game is fairly east to just win all gold in the two skating competitions but if you want to complete the game 100% then it is very tough. However there is an incentive to get 100% as you will get something in return. ;)
You earn money for every goal completed and the money can be spent to get better stats such as speed, ollie and landing and buy more special tricks.

Controls 10 out of 10

The controls in this game are brilliant and are very responsive, which is just aswell because if the controls were unresponsive this game would be VERY frustrating.
The ''B'' button is used to ollie and the longer you hold down B the faster you will go and the higher you will jump.
The ''A'' button is used to grind on a lip or on a rail.
The ''R'' button is used to do a ''grab'' trick such as a airwalk or tailgrab.
The ''L'' button is used to do a ''flip'' trick such as a 360 flip or a kickflip.

Replayability 7 out of 10

This is what stops the game from getting a 10 as the game gets more and more boring everytime you complete it. However you will find yourself keep coming back to complete it with a different skater or beat your top score.

Overall 9 out of 10

Good points

+Great music and sound effects
+Brilliant graphics that wouldn't look out of place on a PSOne
+Big Levels
+Plenty of options

Bad points

-Game gets very repetitive
-No Create a skater or build a park mode
-Some levels have been taken out

If you have a Game Boy Advance then you should get this game even if you own Tony Hawk 2 on any other console as this has two new levels and you can play this where-ever you want.
However if you hated THPS2 on any other format (not including the game boy colour version) then stay well clear of this game.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 08/19/02, Updated 08/19/02

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