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reviewed by Brett "MystikaL" Guarnieri
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Hawk's Pro Skater, is a skateboarding game that surpasses any others in
its genre, and the gameplay is second to none. Not only does Tony Hawk's
Pro Skater offer fun to experienced skaters; it also is incredibly fun
and a good place to start if you want to learn how to skateboard. All
the moves are of course modeled after real life ones you would see in
the X-Games on ESPN, and there are a variety of signature moves for each
skater. Using an outstanding engine, Neversoft Entertainment was able
to create the most realistic skateboarding game ever, a game that would
draw fans from all across the world into the magical world of skateboarding.
There are a few skateboarding games out there that will offer a fun time,
but they lack originality, something that Neversoft has really dished
out in this title.
Entertainment created one of the best engines for the Playstation ever,
and with it, players could perform tons of tricks, including jumps, grabs,
and more. With this, you could also touch, skate on, and fall off any
surface inside of the game. You are brought into the game with a fabulous
cutscene, accompanied by the beginning of a wonderful soundtrack. As you
start the game, you are able to choose either practice, career mode, special,
etc. You start off with one level open—the warehouse. You can choose to
advance in the levels by completing tape challenges, or practice your
moves in the practice area.
Tape challenges are small challenges in which you must complete certain
tasks to receive a tape. There are 5 tape challenges to a level, and you
must receive a certain amount of tapes to get new skateboards, stat increases,
and of course, opens new levels for skating. Starting off they are easy,
but don't be too judgmental yet, they get very rough as you go on. If
you haven't practiced for a while, I suggest you give the practice mode
a spin. The basics for the tape challenges is to gain a certain amount
of points, get all the skate letters, do a certain task assigned, get
the hidden tape, and then get a higher amount of points. Finding the hidden
tape is easy, but hard to get in the higher levels. Successfully achieving
all the skate letters is very easy, until the streets level (second to
last), and getting the first set of points is very easy. Now, getting
the second amount of points is another story. These just seem somewhat
impossible. They aren't, though. If you learn how to successfully land
8 and 9,000 point tricks, you'll get those tapes.
game has incredible replay value, and like snowboarding games, they give
you an option called Free skate. Free skate is where the player can fool
around in the levels that have been unlocked. Since there are no time
limits, cops, restrictions, etc, you’re free to roam. What's even cooler
is, you can have fun running yourself into random objects—something that's
very cool because of how realistic the game is. Free Skate is when you
practice your moves, learn new ones, try to bust yourself up as much as
possible, and quite frankly, have the most fun! The heart of the game
is this. Single Player will give you a very good experience with the game,
though is too short, and I am hoping Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 will be
at least 3 or 4 discs long, and have the amount of hours required as Final
Fantasy 8, God, that would be cool! Imagine, 35 different skating arenas,
tons of boards, skaters, and a skating editor... grab a napkin, you’re
probably already drooling if you have played this game.
Now, I am going to rant for a little about the ability to fall off, grind,
and wall ride just about anything in the whole level. What I am talking
about here, is the ability to crash through windows, break mall directories,
fly down escalators, jump off cars, crash through ceilings, and even jump
off third story building(s)! It's completely amazing, and again this is
why I am saying it's the best skateboarding game ever. The courses, though
not a lot, are ingeniously designed, and detailed to perfection. The mall
for instance, places you on top of a third story type ramp, and immediately
let's you skate down the ramps, hit jump, and crash through the mall's
entrance. It's amazing!
Again, certain players have different signature moves, which include flips,
special ollies, tail grabs, etc. The reason I am mentioning this is because
it took me a while to find out how to do a flip. The truth is, you can do
it only with certain players. The physics of the game are perfectly created,
and should be. From the falls, to the ollies, everything looks exactly how
it should in real life.
Neversoft Entertainment created this game, they didn't do it just to make
money and have its reputation as just another skating game. There was
much time and effort put into this masterpiece, and the time was well
spent. All of the elements of gameplay were mixed without flaw—the soundtrack,
trick engine, everything was flawless.
The Single Player is very difficult when going through it, and can get
nerve racking at times, so I suggest you have some pillows, annoying little
siblings, or for that matter, those pets that poop everywhere. Think about
it—you get to take out your anger, and discipline those damn pets at the
same time! (No pets were harmed during the playing, or reviewing of this
You start off with only the warehouse unlocked, and this is of course,
where you begin. After grabbing a few tapes, you are able to unlock the
next level, though I seriously recommend you beat all the objectives on
every level until moving onto the next level, for it will prove helpful
later on. Of course, practicing on those extra-unlocked levels isn't a
After completing all the objectives, unlocking all the characters, etc.
feel free to fool around in the levels. This is where the replay of the
game really comes into play, and the 2 player games into play. I will discuss
this later. Overall, the game is rather difficult, though getting around
22 tapes is possible in only about 4 or 5 hours of gameplay. After that,
they get a lot harder, and you will probably be spending a good 10-12 more
hours in that free skate mode before achieving those 60,000 point runs.
multiplayer is extremely fun, and something that shouldn't be overlooked—If
you do, I will tie you to a handrail and grind over you. The two player
games are amazing, and one of them is like the extremely popular game
of horse. You tell the computer by entering letters with the d-pad, what
word you want to go up to. Each player has to complete and match each
other's tricks, and if you don't you get a letter. The first to get all
the letters loses. You only get 10 seconds, so you have to get a good
point trick as quickly as you can, and you don't, get a redo. I personally
play this the most, although you can free skate with 2 players, which
is indeed fun. Skating with the 2 players is cool because you watch each
other get hit by taxi cabs, play chicken with the trolley on the streets
in San Francisco, and knock each other down with your skateboard, or by
running right into them—Fun, fun!
Overall, the multiplayer adds a ton of replay value to the game, and I recommend
inviting a friend or two over and having multiplayer tournaments with this
game, and with Medal of Honor—Oooh, that game rocks! I suggest you also
grab a good six pack from the store, and some Doritos. While you’re at,
why not pick up a PC Accelerator, this month's issue has a nice looking
sound is amazing, and rivals many alternative soundtracks out there. When
mixing in the music, they picked the right music, at the right time, and
were awarded by the game flourishing extremely fast! Some of the tracks
are comparable to 311, while others seem a little like Adios's tracks.
Overall, the music is something you will notice, which is definitely a
good thing (unless your preference is pop music; i.e., Backstreet Boys,
and all the other sh*t in this world)
Overall, this game is going to be played in my household for a hell of
a long time, and I definitely recommend you purchase this one if you haven't
already. If you like skateboarding, skating, watching people fall off
buildings, playing chicken with trolleys, etc., this game is definitely
Neversoft created a masterpiece, something that no one should overlook,
and add to their PlayStation stash. I would have paid $100 for this game,
probably even more, and no I am not kidding, that's how good it is. Of course,
there were, however, some bugs though not major. The most I saw was just
some clipping in the mall areas, and Roswell. There could have been more
tracks, though I am sure the second episode will have more, a game I will
definitely purchase the day it comes out!
They simply are amazing, some of the best I have ever seen. If
you compared this to a game on Nintendo 64, this would be out any
Alternative music is one of my favorites music genres, and Neversoft
definitely took advantage of it, and it's fans. It's one of the best
gaming soundtracks ever, so make sure you have that volume button
One of the most original games I have ever seen - 2 player modes
rock, and the idea of collecting video tapes is just plain ingenious.
Best skateboarding game - EVER!
Lack of tracks, but free skate mode makes up for it easily. You
will be playing this game for hours upon hours, whether it's with
your friends, or not.
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