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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.


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There are 21 other screenshots on file for other versions of this game.

Alternate Titles

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

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Game Chronicles Nov 04, 2005 9.5 out of 10 95
PGNx Media Oct 22, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Lawrence Nov 17, 2005 86 out of 100 86 Oct 27, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
GamingTrend Oct 24, 2005 512 out of 600 85
Gaming Target May 01, 2006 8.3 out of 10 83
Gamer Within Nov 03, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Game Freaks 365 Nov 02, 2005 7.4 out of 10 74
Extreme Gamer Dec 12, 2005 7 out of 10 70
X-Power Nov 23, 2005 7 out of 10 70


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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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Matt Neuteboom (941) added Tony Hawk's American Wasteland (Xbox) on Nov 06, 2005
Other platforms contributed by Brian Hirt (9991), Terok Nor (22570) and Matt Neuteboom (941)