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Graphically, Tony Hawk’s 4 looks fantastic, with nicely detailed skateparks and characters who actually resemble their real-life counterparts. The wide selection of levels, each of which are packed with challenges, ensures that even the most hardcore skater is going to have his or her work cut out finishing this game quickly, and even if they do, the Park Creator option offers almost unlimited longevity. About the only criticism you can make of this game in fact, is that it’s just about impossible to play on the keyboard, with four directional buttons and seven trick keys requiring an almost unattainable level of manual dexterity. However, get yourself a USB gamepad and you’ve got a game that’s second to none…
Overall, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4 was a great game for Playstation 2. It comes over almost completely intact for the Mac, but still feels like a console game. You lose the mouse and the menus can feel impersonal, but the game play is solid and will keep you coming back for hours.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 may not be a perfect game, granted, but there is no doubt in our minds that this is one of the titles to beat in 2003: addictive, highenergy (and nonviolent) fun with lots of surprises, replay value and a driving rock soundtrack to boot. A skater couldn't ask for much more than that.
Inside Mac Games (IMG)
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 was the first of the series to be ported to the Macintosh. Like most good sequels, it built upon the foundation of the first game and added key features to make it a must-have title. Now, Aspyr Media brings Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 (THPS 3) and Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4 (THPS 4) to the Macintosh platform. If you’re familiar with Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2, then THPS 3 and THPS 4 should be like riding a bike. A graphically beautiful bike with fluid game play and hour upon hour of challenging, fast, fun game play.
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4 is a well made game, it just serves no purpose. There's not enough game in here to make it interesting for those even slightly outside its strict target audience, and there's not enough new abilities in here to make it interesting for many who already own THPS2 or 3. I feel like this game's some kind of inside joke I don't get, and no one on the inside wants to explain it to me. Regardless, for skateboarding fans, an afternoon at the local skate park watching the talent is more fun than playing this game. And there, you have the potential of watching some kid wipe out, which is always a good time. Take your camcorder, remember. People will happily pay good money to watch the misfortune of others.