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Tony Hawk's American Wasteland

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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 Windows Player skating in story mode
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland PlayStation 2 Title screen.
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland Windows Clothing Shop
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland Windows Paused menu

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

The old recipe with some new icing, nothing more PlayStation 2 Matt Neuteboom (941)

The Press Says

GameSpy PlayStation 2 Oct 19, 2005 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Inside Hotwire 3D Xbox 360 Nov 20, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
Gaming Target Xbox May 01, 2006 8.3 out of 10 83
Game Critics Xbox 360 Feb 01, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Games Master Xbox Dec, 2005 80 out of 100 80 Xbox Oct 28, 2005 15 out of 20 75 GameCube Oct 29, 2005 15 out of 20 75
Extreme Gamer Xbox Dec 12, 2005 7 out of 10 70
Game Force Xbox 360 Feb 09, 2006 6.8 out of 10 68 Windows Apr 25, 2006 7 out of 20 35


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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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Contributed to by Brian Hirt (10006), Terok Nor (19543) and Matt Neuteboom (941)