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There's so much more one could say about Tony Hawk 4 without rambling on, but it can only be done justice by going out and playing it yourself. Some of us can remember the old days when games like 720 on the NES were popular, and very little can prove how far the consumer market of electronic games has come more than Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4.
My thumbs are sore and my hands ache. These are good pains, though, caused by playing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 for hours on end. From the moment I put the game into my PS2 and the intro video started, I have enjoyed every second I have spent with THPS4. Lay your fears about this game to rest. It isn’t too easy; it isn’t too short, and it definitely isn’t just a rehash of THPS3. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 is the best game in the series and is sure to make gamers everywhere very happy.
The more I play Tony 4, the more I keep drawing comparisons between it and Grand Theft Auto III. Let me explain. First off, the game's goals are so diverse, you can't help but come back for more, if only to see what outrageous challenges await you next. Whether it's driving a shopping cart around Alcatraz as Bam Margera or mastering a topless loop with Bob Burnquist, each challenge offers something unique. Second, Tony 4 completely immerses you in skate culture, the same way GTA3 made you feel like you were inside an episode of The Sopranos. Lastly, the Career mode gives you a ton of freedom, allowing you to putz around all you want. Plus, the online stuff is smokin'. Skaters and gamers are going to love this. It's one of those rare must-own titles.
Even with a new engine powering the game and larger, more detailed levels, these screens may not look dramatically different from THPS3. However, the changes should become obvious when you play it yourself later this month.
In the end, if you expected anything lower than a mid-9 for Tony Hawk 4, you're underestimating Neversoft's dedication to constantly improving the series with every new iteration. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 sports everything Tony Hawk 3 sported, but takes it all to the next level. With larger landscapes, broader move set, flashy as hell flat land tricks, a much more immersive career mode, revamped online mode, great roster, even cleaner visuals, and more improvements, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 is a must buy PS2 title for the upcoming holiday season. It's got everything you want, and nothing you don't. And while the soundtrack is under whelming to someone like myself, I'm sure there are countless who'll eat it up. Regardless, Tony Hawk is back once again, and still retains every bit of its addictive nature as the past three have. This one's a keeper, no doubt about it.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 soared to infinite and WAY beyond my expectations for it. The same great Tony goodness is back with better graphics, more and cooler tricks (read: lazy a$$ manual), better sound, and the whole damn game has been completely revamped. The replay value goes through the roof with over 120 goals to complete (trust me, some of them aint’ easy), a TON of different gaps (where you jump from one thing to another without touching the ground) per level, there are new hidden characters that are a blast to play with once unlocked (including a certain somebody from the Star Wars universe, excluding Darth Maul), and...lets just say this, THPS4 is the butter on the corn, cheese on the sandwich, and hair on your head. Just like GTA: VC, every PS2 owner should own THPS4, and that’s no joke.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is the other big name this holiday season and is being described as ‘bigger, better, badder.’ Tony Hawk returns with a similar stance: ‘bigger, better, faster.’ Not only does it boast huge levels with superior design, but also a fresh career mode that allows players to experience the surroundings more than ever. Since PlayStation 2 is the only version to feature support for online play and has the most accurate controls in my opinion, it goes unmatched. Even if you’ve been opposed to the concepts behind the previous installments of the series, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 is refined enough to appeal to just about everyone willing to sit down with the latest serving of Hawk excellence.
Out of the three versions of THPS4, this is the best one. It may be slightly harder on the eyes than the GameCube and Xbox editions, but it has two huge advantages: the Dual Shock 2 and refined online play. Since the series started on the PlayStation, it makes a certain amount of sense that the control scheme is geared towards Sony's controller.
While fans of the previous games will find the redesigned career mode a little foreign at first, it definitely makes for a longer game with a lot less repetition than you saw in previous installments, which asked you to play the game over and over again with each skater to unlock their secrets. The deeper single-player and improved multiplayer modes make Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 the most tightly packed installment in the series to date, and the slightly refined gameplay is still unmatched in the action sports arena.
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Big levels, a meaty Career Mode, tons of objectives and unlockable items, and Neversoft?s blue-ribbon gameplay system help to make Tony Hawk?s Pro Skater 4 into arguably the best game of the series so far.
I would definitely recommend this one to anyone who has enjoyed a previous THPS game, as it is easily the biggest and best one yet. There are a ton of goals to complete, insanely hard challenges that'll keep you coming back, and the best online play yet.
Easily the best Tony Hawk game yet, and online multiplayer makes it the best complete package in the genre. Even the silliness of the edited soundtrack isn't as bad as what happened to "Police Truck" in the original game, or the empty chorus to "Guerilla Radio" in Hawk 2. The score would make a little more sense had we not gotten so carried away last fall with Hawk 3, but some things you can't do anything about.
Game Informer Magazine
Tony Hawk 4’s gameplay is just as seductive and overpowering as the previous entries in the series, but rather than sticking with the tried and true formula in its entirety, Neversoft revamped the Career mode and sought out new means to keep gamers on the edge of their seats. The outcome of these efforts showcases fine craftsmanship and an unyielding desire to take the series to new heights. While commendable in execution, the changes that have been implemented may in fact alienate a good portion of the fan base. For much of the game, rather than pushing players skills to the limit and forcing them to concoct massive combos lines, the challenges you are faced with seem more appropriate for Jackass: The Video Game than the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series.
Unglaublich: Da sollte man meinen, dass der olle Falke mit dem vierten Teil langsam flügellahm wird. Aber nein, Neversoft legt noch eine Kohle auf! Spielerisch ist Tony Hawk 4 ein Traum, so abwechslungsreiche Aufgaben bietet nicht mal der direkte Konkurrent Aggressive Inline. Steuerung, Grafik, Motivation - nirgends gibt es echte Kritikpunkte! Ich kann mir einfach nicht vorstellen, wie dieses Spiel selbst auf lange Sicht getoppt werden soll, weder von einem Konkurrenten noch von einem Nachfolger. Aber Neversoft war ja bislang immer für eine Überraschung gut, und die momentane heißt Tony Hawk´s Pro Skater 4. Falls Ihr Euch auch nur minimal für Funsport-Games interessiert, bietet Euch der neue Tony Spaß auf Monate hinaus - garantiert! Selbst Acclaims Inline-Simulation kann da nicht mithalten - viele der guten Ideen finden sich in meist besserer Form in Activisions Spiel wieder.
Deze game is namelijk niet gemaakt om geld te verdienen maar om de serie te perfectioneren. Ik weet niet of dat echt waar is maar dat gevoel krijg je wel in ieder geval. En dan is er natuurlijk nog de magische gameplay; binnen enkele minuten voel je je volledig thuis en zit je met een grijns op je smoel in een soort trance de ene na de andere move uit te proberen.
Wow, was für ein Spiel - Tony Hawks Pro Skater 4 ist zweifellos der beste Teil einer ohnehin herausragenden Serie. Perfektes Gameplay, tolle und motivierende Aufgaben, ein bombastischer Soundtrack, alle namhaften Skater, sehenswerte Videos und abwechslungsreiche Level - eine Rezeptur, die dank Neversoft zu einer spielerischen Delikatesse verarbeitet wurde. Wer sich auch nur annähernd für Funsportspiele begeistern kann, sollte seiner Konsole dieses Meisterwerk nicht vorenthalten!
If you get a real kick out of playing Pro Skater with other people, then the online mode is a sure selling point on the PS2. From what I've seen, it's very stable. Even if you aren't interested in the online portion, Activision and Neversoft have still nailed down another extremely solid sequel to the Tony Hawk franchise. Go ahead and pick your favorite system and help yourself to another dose of the best skating game franchise on the planet.
Lucky for me, I'm one of those people, and this game is as addictive and fun as ever. It offers a nice assortment of new stuff for the fans and will definitely test your skills. There's a good reason why this is the end-all-be-all of skating games. Highly recommended, but also highly difficult.
It seems as if the man himself has been in on each stage of production and the general feel of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 is significantly more satisfying than I've seen before. This is about as good as it gets, so go grab some 'big air' and ollie down to your local vendor for a copy.
Neversoft has had the formula for fun down from the very start, and have done nothing but make it better since then. Once you start playing, you won’t be able to stop, and with more character-specific goals than ever before, reply value is cranked way up. With 190 goal, or Pro Points to earn, and a basketful of new movies, there’s no way you should find yourself bored with this one. However, 190 points with 13 skaters is slightly tedious, but throw in 25 cash icons in each level and it may become a chore to 100% the game with every character. But to fully enjoy this game, who ever said you’d need to do that? With pick-up-and-play gameplay that takes 5 minutes to learn but a lifetime to perfect, THPS4 is a masterpiece of a game, taking the highly respected series to a whole new level and well-worth your hard earned money.
To no one's surprise, Activision O2 and Neversoft have yet again released a game that's intrinsically fun and that's sure to draw even more people into the extreme sports genre. If you've been itching for a new game or decided to skip THPS3 then I would highly recommend checking out this game. With the holidays just around the corner, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 is a great item to add to your wish list. When paired up with the PS2 network adapter, it will definitely keep you busy and out of the cold for quite a while.
Un jeu de skate bien complet et précis. Les puristes seront ravis. Peu de bouleversements cependant.
Game Freaks 365
This game will be played over and over by you and your friends. The game is difficult to beat entirely and will keep you coming back for more. But once Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 is released, nobody will be playing the lonely Tony 4. Enjoy this game before it becomes out of date with the newer version.
With a Greatest Hits price of $19.99 or even cheaper these days, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 is well worth an investment when it comes to skateboarding games. The THPS series has always been the best games of their particular genre, compared to other "extreme sports" games. In my mind, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 is the perfect skateboarding game that encompasses all of the best things from the series before they went in a new direction with the Underground series. There hasn’t been another "Pro Skater" title since. The value of the game has been diminished since the shutting down of the online servers, and it will be missed by the few who still held this game as the pinnacle of the series.
Pour reprendre l'inscription au dos de la boîte, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater est « l'opus le plus abouti de la série ». Sa durée de vie monstrueuse, sa réalisation toujours aussi attrayante et ses tricks encore plus nombreux et fous que d'habitude sont les trois ingrédients à retenir sur ce titre.
Sammanfattningsvis är Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 lite bättre än föregångaren, men bara lite. Neversoft har precis som väntat tagit det säkra före det osäkra. De som redan äger föregångaren kan stå över, medan nykära rampaspiranter omedelbart bör inhandla.
When it all boils down to it, there's no doubting that this new instalment of Tony Hawk just about manages to scrape it as the definitive skating game out today... and that's after we've taken the shockingly impressive Aggressive Inline into account as well.
The Video Game Critic
It didn't win me over, but like any Tony Hawk title, TH4 still has that strangely addictive quality, and Tony Hawk veterans will relish the challenge. Regardless, it's plain to see that a shift in the series was necessary, resulting in the subsequent "Underground" line of titles.