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Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 was the first game in the Tony Hawk series that came to the Mac. I had the opportunity to review THPS2 for another publication and I asserted that this genre defining title was about as good as video games get. The ease of its control system and intuitive game play combined with the overall "wow" factor and fun of the title put it right at the top of the heap. There were a few things that could be improved on, but none significantly affected the quality of the game. THPS3 takes the lessons learned from THPS2 and endeavors to make the whole package the better for them. In short, THPS3, as did its predecessor, follows the cardinal rules of game play: Make it fast, make it friendly, and make it fun.
This game will wreak havoc on your social life and job productivity. Try to take a break from Pro Skater and you'll inevitably find yourself magnetically drawn back to your computer for one more attempt at landing that last trick or finishing that next goal. Better start getting your thumbs in shape now.
THPS3 does the skating legend's name justice. With beautiful graphics, a great soundtrack and terrific physics, it's gaming money well spent. Unfortunately, it loses marks for shipping without features that are advertised on the box (something no publisher should do), and the patch that promises to add them is way overdue. That aside, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 is cool, original and, above all else, a whole lot of fun.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 offers new challenges and improvements. Too bad it's incomplete out of the box and old news for Mac gamers, who can opt for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 instead.
The graphics are pretty good, you can play on the internet, you can make your own skateboarder. There are career games and single-shots. You've probably already bought a copy. But, ultimately, this game is not fun, at all, to play, except when you send a skater hurtling into a pig iron smelter.