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GameCube 15 3.1
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Xbox 10 3.0
Combined User Score 53 3.3


Critic Reviews

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GameCubeUOL Jogos (Nov 13, 2003)
Fãs da série não tem como errar em "Underground". E com o novo cenário com menos restrições e a nova opção de dificuldade, a série agora pode agradar tanto os novatos quanto os campeões da prancha.
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PlayStation 2UOL Jogos (Nov 13, 2003)
Fãs da série não tem como errar em "Underground". E com o novo cenário com menos restrições e a nova opção de dificuldade, a série agora pode agradar tanto os novatos quanto os campeões da prancha.
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XboxGamePro (US) (Oct 29, 2003)
The biggest name in skateboarding takes a back seat to a nation full of wannabes in Tony Hawk?s Underground?and the results represent a fresh start for the series.
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PlayStation 2GamePro (US) (Oct 29, 2003)
The biggest name in skateboarding takes a back seat to a nation full of wannabes in Tony Hawk?s Underground?and the results represent a fresh start for the series.
100
PlayStation 2GameSpy (Nov 05, 2003)
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater continues to be a video-game phenomenon. With four monster hits already under its belt, developer Neversoft has released the latest game in the series -- Tony Hawk's Underground. And it's another winner. This time, the skate-mad Neversoft takes extreme fantasy boarding in a different direction. The mantra of THUG is that you are the star -- literally. With an entertaining story mode, the ability to map your own face onto a skater, and some seriously sweet online multiplayer gaming, THUG on the PlayStation 2 is one of the best games you'll play this year.
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GameCubeGameZone (Nov 24, 2003)
All in all, Tony Hawk's Underground has really impressed me. It brings a refreshing vibe to the series with the ability to get off your board. Everything is as polished as one could possibly imagine. The story mode actually works well and incorporates some great level objectives in the game. The truckload of customization features (Create-A-Park, -Skater, -Trick, -Goal, -Deck...) make the game really feels like it's YOUR game. The amount of customization is mind-blowing.
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PlayStation 2GameZone (Nov 11, 2003)
When Activision and Neversoft first released Tony Hawk Pro Skater, they created an instant hit to an otherwise dead genre. Since that time, Neversoft created four more games in the series and each version is far superior to its predecessor, both in gameplay and graphics. For the fifth version, Neversoft has decided to expand the storyline in the game, and make it more personal. How does this change up the gameplay, and is it as fun as its predecessors? Read on to find out!
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PlayStation 2IGN (Oct 28, 2003)
No, it's not a skateboarding revolution, dufus. But Neversoft, the development team responsible for the skateboard-videogame upheaval of the late 1990s, has indeed handed over the controls to the kids. Tony Hawk's Underground (THUG), the fifth title in as many years as its existence, gives players more customization, more control and more to do in this year's model that it's become a tough task to get it all down on paper.
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XboxGame Freaks 365 (Nov 05, 2003)
Creativity is where this game shines best. Now, instead of a career mode, you have a story mode that takes you from a poor kid that lives in New Jersey, to a total pro at the end. Now, you can also create your own tricks and boards for your skater in story mode. The park editor has been improved to include building, wires, homes, mailboxes, everything a normal level has, even goals. You get to make your own goals for the parks and even the real levels. You can make all different types of goals that you can really play in the levels. You can always take your goals and save them to your memory card and give it to your friend to try and beat it. Even though the PS2 version has the best features in downloading your face into the game and online play, the Xbox and cube version are still fantastic.
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GameCubeGame Freaks 365 (2003)
Creativity is where this game shines best. Now, instead of a career mode, you have a story mode that takes you from a poor kid that lives in New Jersey, to a total pro at the end. Now, you can also create your own tricks and boards for your skater in story mode. The park editor has been improved to include building, wires, homes, mailboxes, everything a normal level has, even goals. You get to make your own goals for the parks and even the real levels. You can make all different types of goals that you can really play in the levels. You can always take your goals and save them to your memory card and give it to your friend to try and beat it. Even though the PS2 version has the best features in downloading your face into the game and online play, the Xbox and cube version are still fantastic.
94
XboxGame Chronicles (Feb 06, 2004)
Developing a new installment for the number one skateboarding series would seem rather easy when there isn’t much in the way of competition. But Neversoft is not one to rest on its laurels, as the finely crafted Tony Hawk’s Underground clearly demonstrates. It’s a game every bit worth owning if you’re a fan of the series and still worth checking out if you’re not. Leave humanity behind and escape to the Underground!
93
GameCubeGame Over Online (Oct 28, 2003)
Minor issues aside, T.H.U.G. is easily one of the better titles that’s come out in the past few weeks and easily upholds the greatness of the Tony Hawk series. With an enormous amount of customizable options, absorbing story mode and large mod community, T.H.U.G. provides just about anything a gamer could want in a skateboarding title without grabbing a board and hitting the streets. Combine that with the ability to place yourself into the game with the face mapping feature, and you have a product that could easily be considered one of the best games of the year.
93
XboxGame Over Online (Oct 28, 2003)
c T.H.U.G. is an amazingly well designed game, but there are a few minor issues that prevent this game from being near perfect. First of all, the ability to skitch, or hitch a ride on passing vehicles, seems to be way too easy to perform inadvertently, especially if you’re in the middle of a sequence of grabs. This can be a problem when you’re trying to weave around a passing car during a tight time deadline only to find your character grabbing the back bumper when you don’t want them to.
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PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine (Dec, 2003)
The Pro Skater series can be broken up into two halves: THPS 1-3, and post-Tony 4. In the former, you had relatively small levels with a set time limit to accomplish as many goals as possible. The latter, which THUG is the second installment of, makes larger levels where you have to seek out goals – which are undertaken one at a time. While I prefer the old-school Pro Skater philosophy, Underground is a step up from Tony 4 and breaks new ground in many areas.
92
XboxXBox Solution (XBS) (Nov 14, 2003)
This game is loads of fun if you are playing Story Mode and moving up the world circuit or playing against friends via split screen or system link in the many modes it offers. The customization of everything from your board to character design down to the ability to create custom levels is simply amazing and extend the life of this game indefinitely. As if having to beat the game on 3 of the 4 difficulty modes weren't enough to unlock everything. THUG has come to be what is the best in the series of Tony Hawk games and can keep even the non-skateboarder entertained for hours with its features, options, story mode and unlockable content.
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GameCubeIGN (Oct 28, 2003)
Overall, however, Tony Hawk's Underground is a solid, if not a perfect, outing. The level design is virtually flawless, with a honed mixture of wide open and tight designs. The gameplay is still as stellar as ever: Neversoft's brilliant collage of on-the-fly experimentation and lighting-fast trick-popping is still as addictive as any drug and as intoxicating as any exotic woman.
92
XboxIGN (Oct 28, 2003)
No, it's not a skateboarding revolution, dufus. But Neversoft, the development team responsible for the skateboard-videogame upheaval of the late 1990s, has indeed handed over the controls to the kids. Tony Hawk's Underground (THUG), the fifth title in as many years as its existence, gives players more customization, more control and more to do in this year's model that it's become a tough task to get it all down on paper.
91
GameCube64 Power / big.N / N Games (Nov, 2003)
Als passionierter Skater ist T.H.U.G. mein Liebling unter den Funsport-Spielen. Nirgendwo sonst genieße ich so viel Freiheit, was das Gameplay angeht. Wenn ich mag, darf ich mir mein eigenes Spiel basteln. Klasse, dass Neversoft nun den Spieler in den Mittelpunkt stellt und auch alte Legenden wie Stacy Peralta nicht vergessen hat. Manchmal wirken mir die Aufträge zu Fuß oder im Fahrzeug allerdings etwas aufgesetzt. Einen Schuss mehr Gameplay hätte ich mir da schon gewünscht. Dennoch eine schöne Abwechslung, die im sechsten Teil sicher noch ausgebaut wird.
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PlayStation 2Game Revolution (Nov, 2003)
What do candy bars, free drinks and Beatles songs have in common? You never get sick of them. You might take a break for fear of diabetes, a wicked hangover or impure thoughts of Yoko, but after a day or so it’s like someone hit the reset button and you’re good to go again.
90
PlayStation 2Meristation (Nov 22, 2003)
La quinta entrega de los Tony Hawk recupera lo mejor de la serie y lo adereza con un apartado técnico acorde al de las últimas remesas de lanzamientos. Como ya hemos dicho, el espíritu de la saga de Neversoft se mantiene puro, y los añadidos introducidos no alteran su espíritu más que para mantenerlo actualizado y conservar el interés de los que alguna vez se han sentido atraídos por las peripecias del Gran Halcón y sus pupilos. Que no son pocos, precisamente.
90
XboxXBox-Zone (Nov 25, 2003)
Back to the roots! Statt im 5. Teil noch weiter zu überdrehen, hat Neversoft einen coolen Story-Modus integriert und sowohl die großartig gestalteten Levels als auch die abwechslungsreichen Aufgaben realer gestaltet. Das Skaten in den detaillierten Metropolen macht mächtig Laune, die Fahreinlagen sind ein netter Gag, mehr aber auch nicht. Das ebenfalls neue Feature des Absteigens vom Board wurde gut umgesetzt und wertet das erneut geniale Gameplay auf. Gerade bei der Suche nach Skatern oder Gegenständen oder beim Erklimmen von Häuserdächern ist dieses neue Element hilfreich. Insgesamt haben es die Entwickler geschickt verstanden, der Serie mit den Neuerungen und der Konzentration auf das Wesentliche genau den Dreh zu geben, den sie gebraucht hat, um nicht zur Skateboard-Farce zu werden.
90
GameCubeN-Zone (Jan 12, 2004)
Ich muss schon sagen, dass mich die Tony Hawk-Reihe jedes Jahr aufs Neue begeistert und überrascht. In jedem neuen Teil wird die geniale Spielbarkeit weiter verfeinert und die Levelgestaltung hält nun seit Jahren ein derart hohes Niveau, dass man sich ernsthaft fragt, was die Entwickler denn noch alles verbessern wollen. Die Möglichkeit, endlich vom Brett absteigen zu können, wurde sehr gut umgesetzt und in die Missionen mit eingebracht. Man hat nun erneut mehr Mittel, um seine Trick-Kombinationen in schwindelerregende Höhen zu treiben. Einzig die Fahrelemente wirken etwas aufgesetzt. Sicherlich lockern sie das Spiel zusätzlich auf, aber ehrlich gesagt hätte man sie sich auch sparen können. Ansonsten kann für den Titel - wie auch schon die Jahre davor - eine klare Kaufempfehlung ausgesprochen werden.
89
PlayStation 2PSX Extreme (Jan 20, 2004)
Neversoft has done an admirable job of keeping the Tony Hawk series fresh, though it seems like they finally may be running out of ideas. The car driving marks a first time in the series that a new idea simply falls flat on its face, and the ability to get off your board, when used improperly, does the same. That being said, the online mode, which allows you to download and upload created parks, and take on people from all over the country in a variety of events, might be an indication of what's in store for future incarnations of the game. The online content is solid, and then menus are easy to use, making it clear that the PS2 version of the game is the one to purchase if you have the option. If you're a fan of the series, then there is enough new here to keep your interest, but if you're growing a little tired of the games, then a rental might suffice.
89
PlayStation 2GameSpot (Oct 28, 2003)
While the classic Tony Hawk gameplay is still fantastic after all this time, the new story mode doesn't make as dramatic of a change as it probably could have. When it comes to Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, there are some standards that have remained constant throughout the entire series. In the game's career mode, you picked a professional skater and went from level to level, completing goals that really didn't have much to do with being a professional skater.
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Xbox4Players.de (Nov 25, 2003)
Doch warum dann keinen Award, wenn doch alles eitel Sonnenschein ist? Ganz einfach: Das Spiel bietet zwar viel Neues, wovon aber einiges schlicht Murks ist: Die Aufgaben sind zum überwiegenden Teil beim ersten Versuch zu schaffen und erst kurz vor dem Ende wird die Schwierigkeitsschraube plötzlich nach oben gedreht. Auch das Autofahren ist steuerungstechnischer Müll und wirkt extrem aufgesetzt. Selbst das Herumlaufen klappt dank missratener Kameraführung mehr schlecht als recht. Könnte man das einfach weglassen, würde es sich nicht so auf den Spielspaß auswirken. Da man aber nicht um diese Verschlimmbesserungen herumkommt, bleiben dem neuen Tony die Wertungshöhen des vierten Teils verwehrt. Ein klasse Spiel, ohne Frage – aber ohne die Klasse des Vorgängers.
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PlayStation 24Players.de (Nov 25, 2003)
Doch warum dann keinen Award, wenn doch alles eitel Sonnenschein ist? Ganz einfach: Das Spiel bietet zwar viel Neues, wovon aber einiges schlicht Murks ist: Die Aufgaben sind zum überwiegenden Teil beim ersten Versuch zu schaffen und erst kurz vor dem Ende wird die Schwierigkeitsschraube plötzlich nach oben gedreht. Auch das Autofahren ist steuerungstechnischer Müll und wirkt extrem aufgesetzt. Selbst das Herumlaufen klappt dank missratener Kameraführung mehr schlecht als recht. Könnte man das einfach weglassen, würde es sich nicht so auf den Spielspaß auswirken. Da man aber nicht um diese Verschlimmbesserungen herumkommt, bleiben dem neuen Tony die Wertungshöhen des vierten Teils verwehrt. Ein klasse Spiel, ohne Frage – aber ohne die Klasse des Vorgängers.
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PlayStation 2VicioJuegos.com (Dec 30, 2003)
Da igual que no seas un gran aficionado del mundo del skate, este juego te enganchará como el que más. Banda sonora de lujo, un modo historia larguísimo y por si fuese poco un modo online con el que retar a personas que estas a cientos de kilómetros de tu casa ¿Alguien da más? Está claro que Tony Hawk's Underground es el líder indiscutible del género, solo sus hermanos mayores le podrían hacer competencia, pero este título es superior a anteriores entregas.
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GameCubeGamesmania.de (Nov 24, 2003)
Mit Tony Hawk's Underground versuchen die Entwickler von Neversoft endlich neue Wege einzuschlagen und dem guten alten Tony den Staub aus dem Gesicht zu wischen. Der schön inszenierte Storymodus erfüllt seinen Zweck und rückt die Neuauflage in ein völlig neues Licht, ohne dabei das geniale Gameplay der Vorgänger zu zerstören. Die Tatsache, dass die Online-Anbindung trotz hervorragend funktionierendem XBox Live! Portal, den PS2 Besitzern vorbehalten bleibt, dürfte jedoch bei vielen Spielern für Unverständnis sorgen. Genrefans greifen dennoch zu und PS2-Besitzer samt Online-Anbindung dürfen imaginär noch einen Wertungsbonus von 5 Prozent aufschlagen.
88
XboxGamesmania.de (Nov 24, 2003)
Mit Tony Hawk's Underground versuchen die Entwickler von Neversoft endlich neue Wege einzuschlagen und dem guten alten Tony den Staub aus dem Gesicht zu wischen. Der schön inszenierte Storymodus erfüllt seinen Zweck und rückt die Neuauflage in ein völlig neues Licht, ohne dabei das geniale Gameplay der Vorgänger zu zerstören. Die Tatsache, dass die Online-Anbindung trotz hervorragend funktionierendem XBox Live! Portal, den PS2 Besitzern vorbehalten bleibt, dürfte jedoch bei vielen Spielern für Unverständnis sorgen. Genrefans greifen dennoch zu und PS2-Besitzer samt Online-Anbindung dürfen imaginär noch einen Wertungsbonus von 5 Prozent aufschlagen.
88
PlayStation 2Gamesmania.de (Nov 24, 2003)
Mit Tony Hawk's Underground versuchen die Entwickler von Neversoft endlich neue Wege einzuschlagen und dem guten alten Tony den Staub aus dem Gesicht zu wischen. Der schön inszenierte Storymodus erfüllt seinen Zweck und rückt die Neuauflage in ein völlig neues Licht, ohne dabei das geniale Gameplay der Vorgänger zu zerstören. Die Tatsache, dass die Online-Anbindung trotz hervorragend funktionierendem XBox Live! Portal, den PS2 Besitzern vorbehalten bleibt, dürfte jedoch bei vielen Spielern für Unverständnis sorgen. Genrefans greifen dennoch zu und PS2-Besitzer samt Online-Anbindung dürfen imaginär noch einen Wertungsbonus von 5 Prozent aufschlagen.
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WindowsGamesmania.de (Nov 24, 2003)
Mit Tony Hawk's Underground versuchen die Entwickler von Neversoft endlich neue Wege einzuschlagen und dem guten alten Tony den Staub aus dem Gesicht zu wischen. Der schön inszenierte Storymodus erfüllt seinen Zweck und rückt die Neuauflage in ein völlig neues Licht, ohne dabei das geniale Gameplay der Vorgänger zu zerstören. Die Tatsache, dass die Online-Anbindung trotz hervorragend funktionierendem XBox Live! Portal, den PS2 Besitzern vorbehalten bleibt, dürfte jedoch bei vielen Spielern für Unverständnis sorgen. Genrefans greifen dennoch zu und PS2-Besitzer samt Online-Anbindung dürfen imaginär noch einen Wertungsbonus von 5 Prozent aufschlagen.
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GameCubeGame Informer Magazine (Feb, 2004)
This has been out forever, but we were unable to previously review the GameCube version of THUG. In the interest of giving Nintendo fans their due, let me say that this version has all of the things I both loved and hated about Underground – the awesome levels, the annoying story, the untouchable gameplay, and the inconsistently structured level goals. It’s also probably my least preferred way to play Tony Hawk, if only because it makes me curse the GC’s tiny d-pad and weird, oversized buttons. Also, unlike most popular GameCube titles, it does not feature any online play. That’s a joke, people.
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XboxGame Informer Magazine (Dec, 2003)
Give Neversoft’s crew credit: They never settle. Each edition of the Tony Hawk series has added new things to the already-awesome formula, and Underground is no exception. Expanding on Tony 4’s wide-open worlds, this game is molded as a skateboarding action/adventure – one that lets you take a aspiring skater from the streets of Jersey to the heights of skateboarding fame. It’s quite a journey. Along the way, you’ll cross paths with skating legends like Stacy Peralta and Tony Hawk, get betrayed by your best friend, and even be thrown in a Russian jail!
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GameCubeGameSpot (Oct 28, 2003)
Overall, Tony Hawk's Underground is a great-looking game. The levels are large and colorful, and the trick animation is as good as it's ever been. The game runs at a high speed, and, depending on which version you're playing, the frame rate is either completely smooth or mostly smooth. That said, it does have its rough spots. The skater models look fantastic from a distance, but up close they really don't look so hot. This is the same problem the series has had for the past two years, really, as the people you encounter for goals still look a little weird. Only now, you're seeing most of these models--or slightly enhanced versions of them--in the story mode cutscenes, so you get to see a whole lot more of them.
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XboxGameSpot (Oct 28, 2003)
Overall, Tony Hawk's Underground is a great-looking game. The levels are large and colorful, and the trick animation is as good as it's ever been. The game runs at a high speed, and, depending on which version you're playing, the frame rate is either completely smooth or mostly smooth. That said, it does have its rough spots. The skater models look fantastic from a distance, but up close they really don't look so hot. This is the same problem the series has had for the past two years, really, as the people you encounter for goals still look a little weird. Only now, you're seeing most of these models--or slightly enhanced versions of them--in the story mode cutscenes, so you get to see a whole lot more of them.
85
XboxMeristation (Nov 22, 2003)
La quinta entrega de los Tony Hawk recupera lo mejor de la serie y lo adereza con un apartado técnico acorde al de las últimas remesas de lanzamientos. Como ya hemos dicho, el espíritu de la saga de Neversoft se mantiene puro, y los añadidos introducidos no alteran su espíritu más que para mantenerlo actualizado y conservar el interés de los que alguna vez se han sentido atraídos por las peripecias del Gran Halcón y sus pupilos. Que no son pocos, precisamente.
85
GameCubeMeristation (Dec 24, 2003)
La quinta entrega de los Tony Hawk recupera lo mejor de la serie y lo adereza con un apartado técnico acorde al de las últimas remesas de lanzamientos. Como ya hemos dicho, el espíritu de la saga de Neversoft se mantiene puro, y los añadidos introducidos no alteran su espíritu más que para mantenerlo actualizado y conservar el interés de los que alguna vez se han sentido atraídos por las peripecias del Gran Halcón y sus pupilos. Que no son pocos, precisamente.
85
PlayStation 2JeuxActu (Nov 21, 2003)
Vous savez ce qu’on dit : « Qui aime bien, châtit bien ». Alors ne vous méprenez car tous les défauts suscités n’entament que très peu le formidable capital sympathie de ce THUG. Les levels sont vivants, variés et bien conçus et proposent chacun des défis spécifiques. La bande son est une tuerie et la jouabilité des phases de skate pures est parfaite. Toutefois, il n’est pas interdit de penser que ce qu’il a gagné en diversité, ce THUG l’a perdu en personnalité. Alors entre vieux cons réac’ et progressistes mou du genoux, il est grand temps de choisir son camp…
85
XboxJeuxActu (Nov 21, 2003)
Vous savez ce qu’on dit : « Qui aime bien, châtit bien ». Alors ne vous méprenez car tous les défauts suscités n’entament que très peu le formidable capital sympathie de ce THUG. Les levels sont vivants, variés et bien conçus et proposent chacun des défis spécifiques. La bande son est une tuerie et la jouabilité des phases de skate pures est parfaite. Toutefois, il n’est pas interdit de penser que ce qu’il a gagné en diversité, ce THUG l’a perdu en personnalité. Alors entre vieux cons réac’ et progressistes mou du genoux, il est grand temps de choisir son camp…
85
GameCubeJeuxActu (Nov 21, 2003)
Vous savez ce qu’on dit : « Qui aime bien, châtit bien ». Alors ne vous méprenez car tous les défauts suscités n’entament que très peu le formidable capital sympathie de ce THUG. Les levels sont vivants, variés et bien conçus et proposent chacun des défis spécifiques. La bande son est une tuerie et la jouabilité des phases de skate pures est parfaite. Toutefois, il n’est pas interdit de penser que ce qu’il a gagné en diversité, ce THUG l’a perdu en personnalité. Alors entre vieux cons réac’ et progressistes mou du genoux, il est grand temps de choisir son camp…
85
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com (Nov 20, 2003)
Chaque année, Tony Hawk revient comme pour réaffirmer sa position de leader sur le secteur. Underground marque un tournant dans la série sans pour autant lui faire perdre son niveau de qualité. Au contraire !
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XboxJeuxvideo.com (Dec 11, 2003)
Chaque année, Tony Hawk revient comme pour réaffirmer sa position de leader sur le secteur. Underground marque un tournant dans la série sans pour autant lui faire perdre son niveau de qualité. Au contraire !
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GameCubeJeuxvideo.com (Dec 11, 2003)
Chaque année, Tony Hawk revient comme pour réaffirmer sa position de leader sur le secteur. Underground marque un tournant dans la série sans pour autant lui faire perdre son niveau de qualité. Au contraire !
85
XboxGameZone (Nov 14, 2003)
If you were walking down the street and someone came up to you and said, "You're a punk," you'd be extremely offended. However, if someone came up to you and said, "You're a thug," you'd probably extend your right hand and smile. No one wants to be a punk. But being a thug isn't so bad when it means you're in tune with Tony Hawk's Underground, the latest addition to the Tony Hawk family.
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XboxThe Next Level (Nov 20, 2003)
In the end I don't think the choices that Neversoft made with THUG make that much of a difference to me. The way you play the game now is just fine; I would've preferred something else though. As it is, I can't complain too much. I'm still loving the game, although no online play is very disappointing. If you're a Tony Hawk fan, you'll definitely enjoy this game.
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GameCubeLawrence (Nov 05, 2003)
Tony Hawk Underground is fun. But the appeal this year might be more for those that are deep into customization. If you just like to power on and skate, Tony Hawk 4 is only $20 if you don't already own it.
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GameCubeGame Revolution (Nov, 2003)
THUG is a great game, but it’s been a great game for years so if you didn’t like it before, you won’t like it now. But if you’re already a fan, you can’t ask for much more. It’s a massive, exceptional product that expands every aspect of its predecessors without sacrificing much, though it’s a better game on the PS2 than the Xbox or Gamecube thanks to its great online functionality. The Hawkman keeps on rising.
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XboxGame Revolution (Nov, 2003)
THUG is a great game, but it’s been a great game for years so if you didn’t like it before, you won’t like it now. But if you’re already a fan, you can’t ask for much more. It’s a massive, exceptional product that expands every aspect of its predecessors without sacrificing much, though it’s a better game on the PS2 than the Xbox or Gamecube thanks to its great online functionality. The Hawkman keeps on rising.
80
PlayStation 2Diehard GameFan (Nov 04, 2003)
To sum it up, this is a very good game. For any fan of the Tony Hawk series, it’s a must own, because quite frankly, it’s heads and tails above THPS4. And it’s also a good starting point in the series, because it goes at a very easy pace for the majority of the game. The only reason that I didn’t score it much higher is that it feels incomplete. There is a vast amount of clipping, much more than I’ve seen in any THPS game before it, and that’s inexcusable. In some places, it just feels like the game was rushed. But despite that, it is a very enjoyable series, and deserves a rent at the very least.
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GameCubeHonestGamers (Nov 01, 2003)
In the end, that's the game's saving grace, and what makes it such a wonderful step up from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4. Even if you don't like all the changes, most of them won't affect you to any extreme. You complete them once and they're out of the way a few minutes later, then it's back to hours of sheer enjoyment. Story mode isn't all there is to the game, and you can still attack your high scores, still design your own skate park (with levels of customization never seen before). In short, just about everything that made the series cool to this point is back and better than ever. The whole experience isn't unlike eating a watermelon: you'll need to spit out a few seeds, but otherwise there's no cooler fruit.
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GameCubeN-Europe (Dec 22, 2003)
Having more in common with the underrated Aggressive Inline than it is the revolutionary game many thought it would be; THUG does offer some new and refreshing gameplay elements to prevent this franchise from saturation. Though the new ‘stuff’ has its share of imperfections it is a good step forward nonetheless. People who had high hopes for this game may be disappointed because despite a different package, for the most part it’s still the same candy.
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GameCubeGameSpy (Nov 05, 2003)
Tony Hawk's Underground does so much right and very little wrong. The only way a person wouldn't be able to enjoy this game is if they truly don't gel with the whole extreme skating genre. Casual gamers will hopefully not be intimidated by THUG as they may have been with THPS3 and THPS4, and fans of the series will be right at home from the beginning.
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XboxGameSpy (Nov 05, 2003)
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater continues to be a video-game phenomenon. With four monster hits already under its belt, developer Neversoft has released the latest game in the series -- Tony Hawk's Underground. And it's another winner. This time, the skate-mad Neversoft takes extreme fantasy boarding in a different direction. The mantra of THUG is that you are the star. Sadly, Xbox gamers get a little gypped (as do GameCube owners) by the distinct lack of online functionality. While the majority of the gameplay is intact -- including the excellent single-player story mode -- it's painful to see that the ultra-cool face-mapping and online eight-player multiplayer game is absent from the final Xbox package. However, THUG for the Xbox remains one of the best games you'll play this year.
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GameCubeCubed3 (Nov 21, 2003)
It's a bit of a mixed bag. The skateboarding sections that we know and love are still here and as good as ever, and the storyline gives the game some structure and purpose but we can't help but feel that it didn't need to be changed quite this much. The dull platforming that dogs this game throughout makes it feel like a chore at times. Hawk-maniacs will go mad for it, the rest of us should kick-flip well clear.
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PlayStation 2Eurogamer.net (UK) (Dec 01, 2003)
Although Activision will tell you that Tony Hawk's Underground (or THUG) is more than just the fifth Tony Hawk title in as many years, these days Neversoft's extreme sports skating franchise operates on much the same terms as any other sports game - you get a new version every 12 months and it'll probably have enough gimmicks and marketing devices on top of last year's feature list to hook you in.
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GameCubeFragland.net (Dec 03, 2004)
In essence there is nothing, absolutely nothing, new about the game. Actvision is milking the Tony Hawk cow, not because they love gamers but because they smell cheap bucks. Adding completely useless options to the game really doesn't make it "new". Gamers should watch out for pirate companies like this. If you really like Tony Hawk games you might enjoy the big levels and the details that have been changed otherwise I would not recommend this game to people who have already purchased THPS3 or THPS4.
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PlayStation 2The Video Game Critic (Aug 12, 2007)
It's funny - when you're on a skateboard, everything looks like a ramp or a rail! It's also fun to explore and uncover secret areas. Underground has on-line capabilities and even a feature that lets you download an image of your own face and super-impose it on your character! If Underground was trying to take the series in a new direction and expand its scope, then its mission was accomplished. Personally I still prefer the original recipe Tony Hawk, but I admire this game's ambition.
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PlayStation 2Super Play (Sweden) (Dec, 2003)
Eftersom jag tillsammans med Thomas spelade Tony Hawk's Underground för någon månad sedan kan jag inte säga att jag blev besviken då jag satte mig framför det färdiga resultatet, men alla som förväntar sig ett Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 kommer utan tvekan att bli både besvikna och ledsna om de spenderar sina surt förvärvade slantar på detta spel som inte på något sätt är värt att bära Tony Hawks namn.