Written by  :  Twilightseer (264)
Written on  :  Feb 22, 2006
Platform  :  Windows
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Better than the last one

The Good

Well the game boasts Underground, Classic, and Multiplayer modes, along with Character and Park Creation, and a unique build level for your skater. I liked the variety of each skating location and how much fun this game really is, whether pulling off insane stunts, causing mischief around town, or just exploring the many locales this game has to offer. There are also many pre-made parks that are ready to be thrashed as well as some old familiar parks from the last 4 Tony Hawk games all compiled into one. While the realism factor isn't implemented, meaning you can pull off some crazy tricks, with the funky control scheme.

The graphics and effects are pretty good, runs well on a low-end system and the parks are big with tons of secrets to discover with lots of gaps to unlock. There are ending movies for each skater like they did in THPS 3.

The soundtrack is a mixture of punk, hip-hop, and classics such as The Ramones, Johnny Cash, or The Doors, which I really liked for a skateboard game. The voice acting is superb with cameos from Wee Man, Steve-O, Bam Margera, and even Phil Margera lend their voices to the game, along with a plethora of other skateboarders.

The Bad

The control scheme is awkward and hard to pull off a successful revert and manual with the keyboard, maybe on a gamepad it be easier. The default keys are horrible and resort back to the console port of the game. I found out that remapping the controls to the original Tony Hawk 2 or 3 games works like a charm.

There's a little problem with skateboarders getting stuck in corners and unable to move around due to the bad camera controls. Which can lead to headaches because of disorientating views. Their is a camera control to zoom in or rotate the skater while 'on foot' but nevertheless another flaw to a good game.

The Bottom Line

Besides the clunky controls and bad camera angles, this game is really fun to play and has tons of secrets to unlock and many mission-based objectives to complete offering a free-roaming, go anywhere, environment, do whatever you want and cause mayhem. If you liked THPS3 and other Hawk games, you'll definitely enjoy this one!