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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 (PlayStation)

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100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.3
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5 point score based on user ratings.

Advertising Blurbs

www.xbox.com:
    The world's best skateboarding game gives players a glimpse into the real life experience of becoming a top skater. Featuring a new free-roaming career mode, the player starts as an amateur and chooses which goals to take on to build skills and work up to becoming pro. Earn respect and pro status by conquering a skater-specific Pro Challenge – before opening an entirely new set of difficult Pro Goals. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 delivers the deepest and most challenging gameplay experience in the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series

    • Spankin' New Career Mode — Completely new career mode lets players choose the goals they want to accomplish. Challenge pros head-to-head to beat their best tricks, take off to a competition, or just skate solo and conquer a gap.
    • Living Worlds — Evolving levels change depending on the specific skater's goals and accomplishments. Enter a competition and extra ramps or rails appear. Players can toggle different skate elements on and off (quarterpipes, benches, kickers) to change up lines.
    • Go Pro — Players must make their way through the game as an amateur and then conquer a Pro Challenge based upon the skater's personal history to unlock the more difficult professional world. An entire set of Pro Goals has been added to test the most hardcore THPS disciple, adding incredible challenge and game depth to already expansive career mode.
    • New Upgraded Skatepark Editor — The new, upgraded Ultimate Skatepark editor allows user-set objectives like high scores, hidden tapes, and combo completion. Players can create a dream park and give it to a friend to session.
    • Skate Like a Pro — Players can skate as Tony Hawk or one of 13 other top pros. Choose from an ultimate team of street and vert skaters including Elissa Steamer, Chad Muska, Jamie Thomas and many more.
    • Improved Physics — Improved skater physics and animations now allow skating on moving objects, skitching behind cars, and performing spine transfers or leveling out to transition from a vert trick to a grind. The game also features more realistic balancing, bails, and board dynamics.

    Contributed by havoc of smeg (13029) on Oct 11, 2010.

"Nintendo Winter 2002" promotional booklet - GameCube:
    Grab your pads and board; it's time to fly again with Tony Hawk! In Pro Skater 4, Activision brings back the most popular skateboarding game franchise of all time with all new graphics, animations, stunts, and controls. Cruise through new locales, pulling off trickin' combos and furious grinds as Tony Hawk or another of the multitude of professional skaters. Back it up with flaring audio including songs from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alien Ant Farm, Redman and more, and you have a total package that should have skateboarders drooling all over their decks.

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4618) on Feb 26, 2006.

www.nintendo.com – GameCube:

    Nollie 180 Heelflip. Piece of cake.



    Activision continues its stellar track record with solid play control and nice graphics in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4, but this time the way of finding out about objectives has a more relaxed vibe.

    Pro Skaters

    Since its inception, the Tony Hawk series has taken a leap forward with every release. It started with a control scheme that allowed players to be creative. The introduction of Manual and Revert allowed scores to reach new heights. Pro Skater 4's new Skitch move allows you to grab moving cars. You can exit a ramp with the Spine Transfer.

    While none of these moves makes for a revolutionary leap, the reworked objective structure does.

    When you first enter a level in Career Mode, you're given the freedom to explore. It's just you on your board going wherever your fancy takes you, without a time limit or objective--yet. As you explore at your own pace you can approach pedestrians and press the X Button to receive an objective.

    Many of the objectives have been seen in past Tony Hawk games, such as collecting the letters S-K-A-T-E or reaching a high score within a certain time limit. There are also new tests of skill, such as nabbing the letters C-O-M-B-O in one continuous trick, or performing a specific trick in a given location. Completing these objectives will unlock new levels and earn new Stat Points that increase your skills.

    This new objective structure initially just feels like extra work, but in many ways it is quite liberating. Now you are free to just cruise around or try to Ollie that huge gap you've been eyeing. Of course you can attempt the objectives right away if you want, but overall Pro Skater 4 takes a more laid-back approach than its predecessors.

    Let the Good Times Roll

    The all-new levels are the most gigantic yet. Each level is carefully designed to provide the maximum amount of trick lines to score big combos. In general they are larger and more realistic looking than past games in the series.

    Basketball-playing students, keg-toting frat boys and friendly security guards populate the pastoral College level. San Francisco is a skater's paradise crammed with civic buildings, piers and rails. Just offshore is the gritty, expansive Alcatraz level.

    No level is ever quite the same after you drop in. Certain events will trigger changes in the environment, opening new areas or destroying landmarks.

    There's also a Park Editor feature.

    Cast of Characters

    Plenty of envelope-pushing pro skaters have been included. Each is nicely detailed with trademark attire and decks.

    The roster includes:

    * Tony Hawk
    * Bob Burnquist
    * Bam Margera
    * Bucky Lasek
    * Chad Muska
    * Jamie Thomas
    * Rodney Mullen
    * Eric Koston
    * Elissa Steamer
    * Geoff Rowley
    * Rune Glifberg
    * Andrew Reynolds
    * Steve Caballero
    * Kareem Campbell

    The Create-a-Skater feature has also been improved to allow more variations than ever.

    Multiplayer Modes

    Two-player modes returning from past games include Trick Attack, Slap!, King of the Hill, Graffiti, Free Skate and Horse.

    Two new two-player modes promise to raise the bar for trash-talking excitement.

    In Score Challenge, two players race to see who can reach a set score the fastest. In Combo Mambo (now that is a cool name) you are given a time limit to string together your best combo. The player with the highest-scoring combo wins.

    Graphics and Sound

    The improved skating surfaces are the most notable graphic upgrade to Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4. Wood planks look grainy and asphalt looks rough. Each surface has a unique sound, too. Your wheels will clack on brick and metal rails will ring when you grind them.

    The developers have outdone themselves with top-notch animation that never skips a beat. Some of the new Special Tricks are totally wacky. It's hard not to chuckle when Andrew Reynolds' pet ferret scurries over his back or Rodney Mullen whips out a guitar during the Faction Grind.

    Tons of artists from the pantheon of hip hop, punk and rap contribute tunes to the soundtrack. You will hear cuts from Run-DMC, Public Enemy, System of a Down, Sex Pistols and many more. The rockin' riffs from AC/DC's "TNT" is definitely a highlight for metal-heads.

    Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 gives players more of what they want -- skating. At some point your fellow boarders will probably lure you into a debate over the merits of the new objective structure, but you can shut 'em up by citing the game's 190 objectives, huge levels and new tricks.

    This game supports progressive scan on televisions with that feature. You can save your progress to a Memory Card (not included). To save a Career you will need nine free blocks. Two blocks are required to save a created skater. Saving an edited park requires four blocks. A replay requires 35 blocks.


    Contributed by Evil Ryu (53891) on Sep 09, 2005.

BFG Demo CD's Ad:
    Drop into the ultimate skating challenge with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4. Players take on the role of legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk and 13 other athletes as they skate through enormous free roaming levels, choose from 190 progressively harder goals and build their skills to perform 14 of the greatest skateboarding stunts of all time. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 delivers the deepest and most challenging gameplay experience in the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series. The game's enhanced career mode allows players to earn respect and the chance to take on all new pro goals by conquering a skater-specific Pro Challenge based on each skater's personal history.

    Contributed by Riamus (8121) on Sep 04, 2004.

Press Release - GBA, GameCube, PlayStation, PS2 and Xbox.:

    Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4, sequel to the #1 action sports video game of 2001, has gone gold and is set to launch in North America on October 23, 2002

    New Video Game To Benefit From the Largest Marketing Campaign in Company's HistoryGame Will Release Across Six Platforms Including Next-Generation Wireless Mobile Phones

    Santa Monica, CA - October 10, 2002 - Video game players can experience the ultimate skating challenge with the release of Activision, Inc.'s Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 video game, which is currently in manufacturing and is set to ship in North America on October 23, 2002. Early reviews indicate that the sequel to the #1 action sports video game in 2001 is on track to continue its winning run having received a score of 5 out 5 from GamePro Magazine.



    Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 lets players take on the role of legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk and 13 other athletes as they skate through enormous free roaming levels, choose from 190 progressively harder goals and build their skills to perform 14 of the greatest skateboarding stunts of all time.

    Activision will be supporting the game's launch with a multi-million dollar marketing campaign, the largest in the company's history, which includes national television, print and online advertising, as well as demo kiosks at all major retail outlets.

    Further support of the game's launch includes Activision's title sponsorship of the Boom Boom HuckJam Arena Tour 2002. At select arena tour performances across the United States, Activision will be promoting Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 through its Ultimate Challenge Backyard BBQ, where skateboarding and gaming fans can fuel up on free food, check out cool music and demo the new video game. Additionally, consumers nationwide can enter a national "Tour with Tony" sweepstakes contest for a chance to win a trip to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to attend the final performance of the arena tour.

    Retail support for the launch include a pre-order program which began on October 3, 2002 with EB, GameStop and Best Buy, whereby consumers who pre-order Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 will receive a limited edition DVD. Pre-orders taken at EB and GameStop will receive a "Making of the Boom Boom HuckJam" feature, while Best Buy will offer a DVD of highlights from various Tony Hawk videos including Tony Hawk?s Gigantic Skate Park Tour and Trick Tips.

    "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 marks a revolutionary step forward in the franchise," states Ron Doornink, President of Activision, Inc. "The re-invented, free roaming career mode with 190 progressively harder goals adds a whole new dimension to the gameplay providing a compelling new challenge. We are confident that fans will find this game to be the best Tony Hawk title to date."

    Additionally, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 will be the first Activision game to launch on the new next-generation mobile telephones that will feature color screens and advanced audio capabilities. The wireless title will debut along side Activision's console and hand-held games and offer the same rich and compelling gameplay. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 will be developed for multiple wireless platforms and optimized to take advantage of the new handsets' features to deliver an enhanced mobile gaming experience through a co-publishing agreement between Activision and JAMDAT Mobile Inc., a leading wireless entertainment publisher.

    Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 delivers the deepest and most challenging gameplay experience in the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series. The game's new free-roaming career mode allows players to earn respect and the chance to take on all new pro goals by conquering a skater-specific Pro Challenge based on each skater's personal history. Additionally, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system includes all new online features allowing up to eight players from anywhere in the world to challenge each other in new multiplayer modes like Goal Attack and Capture the Flag.

    Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 will be available for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance and the PlayStation game console. The game will carry a suggested retail price of $49.99 for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft and Nintendo GameCube versions and $29.99 for the Game Boy Advance and PlayStation game console. The ESRB ratings are as follows: "T" (Teen - Blood, Comic Mischief, Mild Lyrics, Suggestive Themes) for the PlayStation2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube; "E" (Everyone - Mild Lyrics, Mild Violence) for the PlayStation; and "E" (Everyone - Animated Blood) for the Game Boy Advance.

    Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted revenues of $786 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002.

    Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Australia, Scandinavia and the Netherlands. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is located at www.activision.com.


    Contributed by skl (1140) on Mar 11, 2004.

PlayStation Holiday Catalog 2003 - Print/website:
    Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 delivers the deepest and most challenging gameplay experience yet with 190 progressively harder goals. Earn respect and pro status by conquering a skater—specific Pro Challenge—before opening an entirely new set of difficult Pro Goals.

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69741) on Nov 21, 2003.

Back of Box - PlayStation:

    DROP IN TO THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE



    Pros challenge you to make your mark in huge free-roaming levels, taking on 190 progressively harder goals with no time limits to hold you back. Decide when you're ready to take on your Pro Challenge and move into the pro ranks, where it's a whole new game. Build your skills, earn respect, and show that you've got what it takes to Go Pro...

    All new tricks - spine transfers, level outs, pivots and new specials.

    Tons of new goals in the deepest career mode to date.

    14 of the world's top pros challenge you to prove your skills.

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69741) on Oct 27, 2002.

Back of Box - GameCube:

    DROP IN TO THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE



    Pros challenge you to make your mark in huge free-roaming levels, taking on 190 progressively harder goals with no time limits to hold you back. Decide when you're ready to take on your Pro Challenge and move into the pro ranks, where it's a whole new game. Build your skills, earn respect, and show that you've got what it takes to Go Pro...

    All new tricks - skitch behind cars, skate on moving objects, and transfer over spines.

    New Multiplayer modes including Score Challenge and Combo Mambo!

    14 of the world's top pros challenge you to prove your skills.

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69741) on Oct 27, 2002.

Back of Box - PlayStation 2:

    DROP IN TO THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE



    Pros challenge you to make your mark in huge free-roaming levels, taking on 190 progressively harder goals with no time limits to hold you back. Decide when you're ready to take on your Pro Challenge and move into the pro ranks, where it's a whole new game. Build your skills, earn respect, and show that you've got what it takes to Go Pro...

    All new tricks - skitch behind cars, skate on moving objects, and transfer over spines.

    Play up to 8 Player Online in all new modes like Goal Attack and Capture the Flag!

    14 of the world's top pros challenge you to prove your skills.

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69741) on Oct 24, 2002.

Back of Box (Canada/U.S.), XBOX:
    Drop in to the ultimate challenge

    Pros challenge you to make your make in huge free-roaming levels, taking on 190 progressively harder goals with no time limits to hold you back. Decide when you're ready to take on your Pro Challenge and move into the pro ranks, where it's a whole new game. Build your skills, earn respect, and show that you've got what it takes to Go Pro...

    All new tricks - skitch behind cars, skate on moving objects, and transfer over spines.

    New Multiplayer and system link modes including Combo Mambo and Capture The Flag.

    14 of the world's top pros challenge you to prove your skills.

    Contributed by JPaterson (9147) on Oct 24, 2002.