Tony Hawk's American Wasteland (PlayStation 2)

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You are a new skater in the city of L.A.. The main drive of the game is that your hanging around with a skating group and its leader, who also happens to be a skating legend, at their skate park in Beverly Hills called Skate Ranch. Throughout the game you must help your friends by getting skate pieces for Skate Ranch.

The game marks the third reinvention of the series, with Pro Skater being the first, and Underground being the second. It comes with brand new features like the ability to change your personal appearance in game, as well as the ability to get off of the skateboard and use a BMX. For the first time all of levels are strung together into one big environment, which gets rid of loading times and menu selection.

Old features were also kept like Create-a-park, which dates back to the Pro Skater series. Missions are still acquired by going up to random people or friends and accepting the mission they want you to run.

The game also includes a multiplayer mode and co-op for up to 2 players for added replay value.


Tony Hawk's American Wasteland PlayStation 2 Title screen.

Alternate Titles

  • "托尼霍克:美国荒野" -- Chinese Title (Simplified)
  • "THAW" -- abbreviated title

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The old recipe with some new icing, nothing more Matt Neuteboom (941) 1.83 Stars1.83 Stars1.83 Stars1.83 Stars1.83 Stars

Critic Reviews

Game Chronicles Oct 21, 2005 9.3 out of 10 93
Next Level Gaming Oct 20, 2005 88 out of 100 88 Nov 23, 2005 87 out of 100 87
GameZone Nov 04, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
IGN Oct 18, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Informer Magazine Dec, 2005 8.25 out of 10 82
GamePro (US) Nov 02, 2005 4 out of 5 80
PSX Extreme Nov 16, 2005 7.6 out of 10 76
Defunct Games Nov 09, 2005 70 out of 100 70 (UK) Oct 31, 2005 6 out of 10 60


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One task is to jump over a shark named 'Fonzie'. This is a reference to a scene in the sitcom Happy Days in which The Fonz jumps over a shark. This scene is regarded as unrealistic and tacky, and is seen in hindsight as the moment when the show ceased to be good. "Jumping the Shark" has become a general term for similar situations


Television advertisements curiously highlighted the lack of loading time between scenes and areas (seamless gameplay) as an important feature of the game, even up to calling Wasteland the first skate game to have this.


  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – #8 GameCube Game of the Year
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