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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.1
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.9
Overall User Score (16 votes) 3.1

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Es ist beeindruckend, was die Entwickler von Vicarious Visions aus einem GBA-Spiel der ersten Generation herausgeholt haben. Wir haben es hier nämlich mit einem Handheld-Titel zu tun, dessen Protagonisten aus Polygonen bestehen und dessen Hintergründe vorgerendert sind. Darüber hinaus haben es die findigen Programmierer geschafft, eine nahezu perfekte 3D-Illusion mit nur zwei Dimensionen zu kreieren.
GamesFirst! (Jun 14, 2001)
It has got to be incredibly difficult to make a skateboarding game that works. It’s got to be even more difficult to make one that works on a handheld, but the folks at Activision have done it. If you’re a fan of the game and need a portable version to get you fix on the road, then this is a must have. It is easily the most impressive launch title for the GBA, and if there are faults with the game, they are so minor that I promise you won’t even notice.
UOL Jogos (Jun 14, 2001)
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater já foi considerado por muitos o melhor jogo de todos os tempos. Esse porte de sua continuação fica devendo muito pouco ao original, e é por isso mesmo que o game saí daqui altamente recomendado.
GamePro (US) (Jun 12, 2001)
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 on Game Boy Advance is everything its Game Boy Color predecessors were not: Innovative, groundbreaking, stylish, and enjoyable. Rather than pursue a 2D conversion, Vicarious Visions and Activision have opted for a fully-3D environment that tiny Tony is actually 300 polygons. The animations and sounds come direct from the PlayStation version, and controls are super-tight. Amid all the pretty 2D platformers, here’s a game that really sets out to push the envelope of the GBA from the get-go.
Well, that's a stupid question. Things could get complicated with such sparse controls, but in Tony Hawk's case, simplicity leads to perfection. Trick detection works exactly as it should (with the occasional exception of manuals), so players should rarely find themselves screaming at their GBA screens because that last 74,000-point grind string didn't come out at the buzzer. In all honesty, it's hard to find anything wrong with THPS 2's technical side. Bursting with originality yet maintaining the traditions of the series, this one easily ties with Castlevania: Circle of the Moon as the finest GBA launch title out there; pick it up today or miss out on one of 2001's best releases!
GameSpy (Sep, 2001)
Sure, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 is still best played on a powerful console, or even using the PC version, but the GBA option captures the spirit of the game so much, even hardcore fans should want it as an alternative for when the TV or PC is occupied or when they're on the go. Skateboarding is all about freedom and movement right? So is the GBA, skate on.
IGN (Jun 14, 2001)
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater is a fantastic game, and the Game Boy Advance version is no exception. It's one of those games where you can pop in, play a round for a few minutes before putting it away...which makes it perfect on the handheld. The Game Boy Advance version is also a technical marvel, providing the first true polygonal game on the system -- and it's only the system's first year out of the gate! It's not a super friendly game, as you'll have to train both your eyes as well as your hands to experience the goodness that is Tony Hawk. I honestly can't wait to see what the team pulls off for the follow-up months from now.
GameSpot (Jun 06, 2001)
The Game Boy Advance version of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 is an amazing feat from several angles. It's very impressive on a technical level, and it has the gameplay to back up its great graphics. While the perspective causes a few frustrating moments, it generally works quite well once you get used to it. Fans of the series will probably have a hard time acclimating themselves to the Tony Hawk world, as some of the goals can be quite difficult for beginners--but in the end, the game stands as one of the best games available for the GBA's launch.
Vicarious Visions has created polygonal skater models that not only harness the highest level of detailing, but also move incredibly smoothly. Amazingly, each skater is composed of over 300 polygons. The environments are two-dimensional, yet you’d swear they touch on the third dimension. Another of Vicarious’ graphical achievements is the use of transparency effects. If you skate behind a building, it’ll turn translucent so you can see where you’re skating.
Power Unlimited (Jul, 2001)
Damned! Wat een moddervette game. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 is niet alleen een must-buy op de PSX maar ook op de GBA. Dit spel laat zien wat voor een gigantische stap voorwaarts de GBA is. Hier koop je een GBA voor.
Advance (2001)
Wer Tony Hawk bisher nur an “ausgewachsenen Konsolen“ mit einem Gamepad gespielt hat, wird sich etwas umstellen müssen. Doch schon nach kurzer Zeit steht Skatern und auch Nicht-Skatern eine Menge Spaß bevor.
90 (Jul 13, 2001)
Respekt! Was Vicarious mit Tony Hawk´s Pro Skater 2 aus dem Game Boy Advance zaubert, ist eine Klasse für sich. Das seit jeher hochmotivierende Gameplay der Tony Hawk-Reihe, die ja eine ganze Reihe an Nachahmern gefunden hat, wurde wunderbar auf den GBA umgesetzt. Kenner der Serie werden dank des identischen -wenn auch isometrischen Levelaufbaus- ohne Probleme auch auf dem Handheld ihre Skateboard-Erfüllung finden und nicht ruhen, bis das letzte Extra freigespielt ist. Doch auch Tony Hawk-Neulinge werden schnell von dem simplen, aber fordernden Spielprinzip gefangen. Da so ganz nebenbei Grafik und Sound den Standard für nachkommende Spiele dieser Art stellen, bleibt nur noch eines: Ab aufs Skateboard und grinden, was das Zeug hält.
Armchair Empire, The (Jul 07, 2001)
If you’ve got a GBA, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 is a good buy. And a must have for Tony Hawk fans.
NintendoWorldReport (Jun 30, 2001)
With all that said, the GBA version of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 can be a fantastic game for some people and a totally unsuitable choice for others. Hardcore, obsessive gamers who haven’t played the console versions to death will love it. More casual players or those who already know THPS2 inside and out won’t be able to appreciate this handheld beauty nearly as much.
Darkstation (Jun 11, 2002)
Games like this, especially on the Game Boy Advance, are rarer than platinum-selling records and blockbuster movies. And when I get my hands on one this, I cherish every moment. You should too. If you haven’t gotten Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 yet, drop what you’re doing and go buy it right now.
PGNx Media (Sep 14, 2002)
Tony Hawk 2 is not only the best skateboarding game on Playstation, it’s also one of the best games the system has to offer. Tony Hawk 2 is a must buy for skating fans and non-skaters alike. With many modes and great gameplay, Tony Hawk delivers everything a quality game should plus a lot more. What a great way to finish off the Tony Hawk series on Playstation. Buy it as soon as you can. You won’t be disappointed at all and will continue to play THPS2 for a very long time.
Gaming Target (Jun 29, 2001)
In terms of portable games, THPS 2 is graphically amazing. Even with 32-bit hardware most games turned out to be two-dimensional, but Tony takes advantage of the technology quite well. You will not be able to change the camera angle and will be forced to endure a strange transparent view when you are behind something, but the courses and characters look great. Each character is unique (only to their clothes, the GBA isn’t good enough for facial features) and is fully animated. All the moves look like their Playstation counterpart, right down to Chad Muska’s hand standing manual special move. This early in GBA’s existence it’s great to see something like THPS 2.
Gamezilla (Jul 17, 2001)
I really liked this game, and I do not like sports games most of the time. This game is a lot of fun. Players who are familiar with the original Tony Hawk titles will not find anything new, but it is a darn good sequel. Another shortcoming (characteristic, it seems of most GBA games right now) is the lack of a multiplayer option. All in all, however, this is a great game. I would recommend it to Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater fans and first time players alike. I do not know if I will ever be good at it, but I will always have fun every time I pick it up and I play a few games. There is a lot of replay value in this game as you strive to make the perfect move. All it takes is getting one great move once in a while and you will be hooked for life -- you will be in pursuit of the perfect run with the maximum score.
Nintendojo (2001)
A worthy value and one of Game Boy Advance's best titles. The control takes time to get used to, as does the isometric perspective, but once its down, and you can't put it down.
Gamezone (Germany) (Jun 22, 2001)
Diese Umsetzung von "T.H. Pro Skater 2" ist absolut gut gelungen. Auch können einige originale Sportler ausgesucht werden. Der Spiel-Modi, wie auch das Sk8er-Feeling wurden sehr gut umgesetzt. So gilt es auch hier, im Karriere-Modus unterschiedlichste Goodies aufzusammeln und eine gewisse Anzahl von Tricks zu leisten. Als Belohnung werden natürlich neue Areas freigeschaltet. Das Handling ist sehr gelungen und auch die Grafik leistet ihren positiven Beitrag. So wirken die Pipes und Ramps schon sehr plastisch... ebenso birgt das Fahrverhalten eine gewisse Tiefe in sich. Fazit: Ein absolutes Muß... vielleicht nicht nur für Boarder-Fans!
La conversion est exceptionnelle mais quelques défauts restent à déplorer. Ainsi il est souvent difficile de localiser dans l’espace certains objets (billets, insignes, etc.). Heureusement, les ombres portées sont là pour nous y aider. Côté sonore, exit les guest stars musicales, elles sont remplacées par des compositions originales (instrumentales) pour des raisons évidentes de place. Elles demeurent réussies mais l’ambiance s’en ressent quelque peu. Plus regrettable, l’absence de jeu en link constitue un vrai manque. Aspect sans doute négligé afin de répondre aux impératifs commerciaux et permettre à THPS2 d’intégrer le line-up européen et américain. Enfin, le prix de cette cartouche est exagéré pour une console portable et détient le triste record du jeu GBA le plus cher à ce jour. Ne boudons cependant pas notre plaisir, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 est bien la bombe annoncée !
80 (UK) (Jul 19, 2001)
What's endearing about THPS2 on the GBA is that it's by no means original, and there aren't even any new ideas save for the admittedly very clever pseudo-3D, but it's almost like a new game - Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2b if you like. For veterans of the original, it's a chance to replay the game again from a fresh perspective and in a new style, and for those who are new to the game... well, they wont know what hit them. An impressive accomplishment.
Pocket Gamer UK (Oct 22, 2005)
And successful it is. Not only in terms of providing hugely entertaining gaming but, perhaps more impressively, by translating such an intricate sport into a digital form of entertainment with such terrific aplomb.
It should be noted that a GBA light would be a perfect companion to this game but saying that it would probably be a perfect companion to most GBA games.
75 (Jun 25, 2001)
Si THPS 2 fait des concessions pour s'adapter à la GBA, il ne fait pas pour autant dans la demi-mesure. Le titre est complet et soigné même s'il est moins riche et plus limité que ses camarades sur les autres machines.
Gamestyle (Jul 26, 2006)
Excluding the minor problems mentioned above this is just a straight conversion, which is a disappointment. Titles such as F-Zero have included a multiplayer mode that brings more depth to the title, not here. Gamestyle know that the GBA version of THPS3 is on the release schedule for the end of this year - perhaps then we shall see some improvements. A few new additional levels or skaters would have shown some effort but perhaps Vicarious Visions were under pressure to make the launch date. Whatever the reason, you'll be paying £5 more than the Dreamcast and Playstation versions that have been out for over a year now. Gamestyle thinks that's too much to ask and therefore its...
Gamekult (Jun 20, 2001)
Très fidèle à l'esprit de ses consoeurs sur machines plus puissantes et moins mobiles, ce Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 sur GBA est servi par une réalisation isométrique de grande qualité, mais souffre de quelques petits désagréments qui font que, toutes proportions gardées, le jeu est un peu en deça de ce à quoi les autres Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 nous ont habitués : moins de niveaux, lisibilité et précision parfois hasardeuse, absence de jeu à plusieurs. Malgré tout, le jeu s'en sort plutôt bien, et fait honneur à tous les autres titres de la série, en faisant de plus partie des jeux GBA les plus convaincants graphiquement, parmi ce qu'on a pu voir jusqu'ici.
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