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I know I’ll be playing this game for months to come, both online and off. Neversoft has done what I would have thought impossible a month ago. They actually created a game that sold me on the sport of skateboarding, at least in video game format. I won’t be programming my DVR for the next X-Games anytime soon, but I will be looking forward to the next Tony Hawk game while I continue to explore Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland.
So, is THAW the best Tony Hawk ever? No, but it's definitely better than the last two. It's a throwback to the old-school Hawk series, yet it's a compromise at the same time. It tries really hard to please both jaded vets and exuberant fanboys, and for the most part, it succeeds, even if the story mode's a little short and on the easy side.
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland is a very solid game overall. The tweaks to the core gameplay, the addition of the BMX moves, and the inclusion of a massive city to skate around in are definitely appreciated. Neversoft is constantly improving the game, though it is questionable how they’re going to improve on it next time around. They have been receiving the same question for several years now and they always meet the expectations though.
Although most of the time I don’t like sports games, THAW is a triumph that even non-sports fans will enjoy. With all the content, THAW literally has something for everyone, and thus overcomes its flaws with brilliance. Hawk fan or not, sports fan or not, you can’t go wrong playing in the American Wasteland.
Graphically very good, with a killer musical score, high-flying aerial tricks, and a free-roaming environment, THAW is a great title that picks up where THUG2 left off and advances the franchise with a bit more diverse gaming and all the entertainment elements expected from the series.
Danke Neversoft, danke! Danke dafür, dass ihr euch auf eure Wurzeln besonnen und nicht einfach einen weiteren Jackass-verhunzten Underground-Teil auf den Markt geworfen habt! Danke dafür, dass ihr euch mal wieder aufs Skaten und nicht nur auf das Drumherum konzentriert habt! Danke dafür, dass ihr endlich Xbox Live-Unterstützung auf die Reihe bekommen habt! Und danke dafür, dass American Wasteland eine Art Best-Of der Reihe darstellt, mit gut umgesetztem Story- und runderneuertem Klassik-Modus. Macht all die Dankbarkeit jetzt summa summarum das beste Tony Hawk aller Zeiten? Nein, dafür wirkt American Wasteland zu überambitioniert, dafür ist das Spiel in sich nicht völlig stimmig. Aber es kommt sehr nahe an diesen Status heran und ist in jedem Fall besser und empfehlenswerter als die Underground-Teile.
Mit Tony Hawks American Wasteland ernten die Entwickler von Neversoft sicherlich nicht den Innovationspreis. Fans der Serie werden jedoch mal wieder ausgezeichnet mit neuen Aufgaben, einer erfrischenden Story und Stadtgebieten versorgt, die jedem Skater die Freudentränen in die Augen treiben. Die Möglichkeit das Board gegen ein Bike zu tauschen und fortan Tricks per Zweirad zu zeigen, bringt zudem eine gehörige Portion Abwechslung ins Spiel. Der rundum gelungene Onlinemodus erfreut sowohl PS2 als auch XBox Spieler und sorgt für Langzeitmotivation. Insgesamt ein durchaus empfehlenswerter Titel!
All in all, Tony Hawk's American Wasteland is a great addition to the franchise and makes me eagerly anticipate the next installment. If the developers spend a little more time testing the next game to eliminate the bugs and give me complete control of my character's appearance in story mode, then the next offering will be a formidable title indeed. I highly recommend THAW to anyone who likes the previous games or skateboarding in general.
The biggest and best addition is the lack of load times. The creation of a seamless skating experience is a welcome one, but that just isn’t enough to warrant slapping a new picture on what is essentially last year’s game. The result is a title that feels less like a sequel and more like an expansion pack and that doesn’t warrant the $50 price tag. If Activision isn’t careful they’re going to milk their cash cow dry.
With a review this mixed, you have to ask, is it worth it? Well, I am enjoying the game, but I know that the 360 version will fix a lot of the graphic issues present here. While it won't fix the story length, it would leave me with a choice. Do I enjoy the game now, or do I wait until next month and pick up the 360 version? If you are holding out on the next generation, you'll need to figure out if Live play and classic mode will be enough for you, because the 5-6 hour storyline won't tide you over for long. In the end I think this is a return to the roots for the Tony Hawk games' a return that is hampered by little bugs and the end of the console life cycle.
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland is a nice return to the series' purer skateboarding strengths. It's still essentially more of the same, but it's also dropped some of the zanier aspects that had taken the title away from its roots. I'd say it's the best Tony Hawk game since THPS4, and I'd recommend it to anyone who's either a fan of the series, past or present, or who hasn't tried out a Tony Hawk title in some time as it's great fun.
Multiplayer is definitely a nice addition for the Xbox. If you are a veteran to the series, this game may be a little too easy for you, although if you are a fan like me, you’ll still welcome it with open arms. If you are new to the series, it’s time to move out of the cave that you are living in and join the real world. As the game seems catered to non-veteran players, you will have no problem playing this game.
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THAW is sure to please almost everyone who said "WTF?" when playing THUG 2. The story mode is fun, funny and yet not absurd enough to wonder what drugs were abused during development time. As mentioned this installment will gently ease any players back into the Tony Hawk series and while there is perhaps a little too much handholding at times, vets can always ramp up the difficulty as they see fit. While the Xbox 360 is the best looking of the bunch, it doesn't come close to showing off the power of the system since it's a visually upgraded port from the current gen systems. If you're playing THAW on the Xbox, GC or the PS2 you aren't missing out by not having the "hot system" of 2005. As I see it, Neversoft has brought the series back from the brink of no return in this sound and solid piece of game coding. I look forward to the next one and that's something I haven't said for quite awhile.
Overall, Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland is yet another solid addition to a top-selling franchise. A new story mode, a co-op classic mode, Xbox Live and a slew of other modes give this game high replay value. The difficulty isn’t too bad, although several challenges toward the end of story mode became fairly tough to complete. Anyone that enjoys the genre of extreme sports games is definitely in for a treat with American Wasteland. You now have the freedom to ride forever.
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American Wasteland is home to some of the greatest gameplay that you'll ever encounter, but unless your compete online, it mostly goes to waste. Hopefully, Neversoft hears the cries of its hardcore following and makes a sequel that actually has some teeth.
On an absolute scale, Tony Hawk's American Wasteland is an incredible game. For a novice player the learning curve is prohibitively steep, but if they dig deep enough they'll find a huge wealth of value in the story mode, online play, customizable elements, and tons of moves available to your skater. On the other hand, seasoned players won't find much here that they haven't already done a bunch of times in previous Tony Hawk games - if you feel that the series has been losing its charm over the years, well, this one is only going to reinforce that feeling. But if you're just rabid for more skating action, then American Wasteland won't disappoint you (much).
Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland is a solid game that will give enthusiasts of the franchise yet another opportunity to tear up the competition while kicking butt and taking names. And, for the first time in several years, it doesn’t just add new tricks. It adds something that should have been here from the beginning of its time on Xbox -- online play. They’re a little late, but I’m, as well as others, glad to see the developers finally make the transition and take the Tony Hawk series into the 21st century. There’s not much more to say about Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland, so let’s end the review with one last verse from Madonna’s Hollywood. ‘’Check it out, this bird has flown.’’
It is old. This is true. The series has seen seven chapters now and many of you might run into the feeling that it's merely grinding its wheels at this point. But at least Neversoft didn't opt for Tony Hawk's Underground 3 and instead implied feeling into their effort, and the result will certainly reward fans. Tony Hawk's American Wasteland is one of the better grinders to come off the pike in some time, and those who don't mind building up million-point combos will find themselves in la-la-land for quite a while. Now if I could only get Aunt Bertha to get into the game. That'd be wild.
At the end of the day, this is another Tony Hawk game. If you liked the other ones, you’re bound to like American Wasteland. If you hated the other ones, you’re bound to hate this one. It isn’t perfect but the game is a lot of fun to play and still incredibly addictive. While the core gameplay hasn’t changed, there are a number of improvements that make it a solid addition to any fans' collection and if it’s your first time with the series, you’re going to find this is a nice game to open you up to the ways of Tony Hawk.
While the game’s limited variation from previous Tony Hawk’s titles prevent it from being a completely fresh experience, what is available does provide a solid skateboarding experience that combines the best aspects of the previous titles with a few new touches to offer a largely pleasing and enjoyable experience.
While I would argue that Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 was the purest skating experience so far, Tony Hawk's American Wasteland is the best that the series has been in a while. All of the new additions are an improvement, and the story's return to a focus on building a career rather than destroying your surroundings is welcome. Finally, Xbox owners are able to take their game to the online community. And issues such as an absence of an online park editor, a short Classic Mode, as well as story and presentation shortcomings are not enough to ruin the fun. Hopefully, future installments will only improve these areas.
There's nothing cosmetically wrong with Tony Hawk's American Wasteland. Sure, the story is a little short, and yes, they lied about no loading times, but this game is just as good as the previous instalments. However, that's the downfall right there. It's almost just the same as THUG2 - and to be quite honest, I'm starting to think NeverSoft are running out of ideas to keep the series fresh.
Through the deeper story mode, the sense of reality created through the L.A. environments, and the rock-solid Xbox Live experience, Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland accomplishes all of those things. Whether it’s your first or seventh Tony Hawk purchase, it's still worth every penny.
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While it may not be the "best" of the Tony Hawk series, American Wasteland is right up there and definitely headed in a better direction than the way Underground went. There is nothing inherently wrong with the gameplay to keep it from getting a really high score. The trick system is solid, the online play is great, and the single player experience is good enough. The only real problem with the game is that we've simply had too much of Tony Hawk over the years, without a lot of innovation. Activision and Neversoft should step back from the series for a little while and release something in a couple years that will give fans enough reason to come back for more.
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Hawk fans will enjoy it, but Neversoft really needs to put the skill and inventiveness back into the single-player experience.
Some of the goals you're given to conquer in Story mode feel dull and shoddy, but there's always a whole bunch of them on offer for you to try your hand at including simple, oddjob side missions to earn a bit of cash for a new haircut or fancy hat to make you look cool in front of your pals.
Thankfully, the bad vehicles and novelty rides from both THUG
games are gone, and in their place is something a bit more useful - the BMX. This is a whole new mode of transport, complete with its own tricks and challenges, with a control system that's been tinkered with somewhat since the Dave Mirra
games. If you're not already sold on Tony Hawk's games it won't change your mind, but it's a welcome and unobtrusive addition to the skateboarding action nonetheless.
For a series that has had the tour, the persistent environment created for Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland is the perfect shot in the arm. But it seems this series needs additional life support to be interesting into the next-generation. The gameplay engine is showing its age, and the graphics hurt the story mode with some pretty poor cut-scenes. The online functionality is fab and the technical side of the gameplay is spot-on, but I’m not convinced this is enough to bring games that bailed (pre-Underground) back onto their boards.
In all honesty Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland isn’t a bad game. If you’ve never played a Tony Hawk game before, or haven’t played the series since the earlier games, it’s definitely worth a look. The controls are as tight as they ever were, and there is a substantial amount of content here. However, if last year you played through THUG 2, and you were bored with doing many of the same things over and over again, it’s probably a good idea to steer clear of this one. Maybe Neversoft won’t take a year off, but that doesn’t mean you can’t either.
While the gameplay in Tony Hawk's American Wasteland is still sharp, and the game still looks and sounds just fine, this seventh installment just seems to lack that special spark that made the series so much fun in the first place. The Tony Hawk series has always worked because even if you stripped away all the goals, pro skaters, and extra fluff packed into each annual installment, the simple act of finding lines and skating freestyle across the levels was great fun. Even with a handful of new tricks, simply skating around and grinding out huge lines only goes so far, especially when the levels are set up to make doing so incredibly easy. It's enough to make you think that maybe the series needs a year off to give it time to incorporate some dramatic new ideas that could revitalize the once-great franchise.
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland est un bon jeu de skate, inutile de le nier. Cela dit, la série continue de tourner en rond n'offrant que peu de nouveautés pour le fan de la première heure. On trouvera toujours de quoi faire dans ce nouveau volet, notamment avec le BMX. La découverte des quartiers de la ville a aussi son charme, mais il faut savoir que le fond peine à se renouveler. A réserver aux vrais mordus de la série.
If you're a die-hard fan of the Tony Hawk games, American Wasteland is a solid addition to the franchise. Just be aware that you probably won't be seeing much innovation, and the gameplay is a little shorter than we're used to for the series. Tony Hawk newbies might want to make this one a rental before taking the plunge. It's short enough that you can get a feel for it without getting overwhelmed.
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American Wasteland drops the ball with the story mode. It's too easy and it's too short. Some of the new additions, like the terrible BMX biking and even the cooler stuff like bert slides, are pretty worthless. The music is awful, and the world isn't as big as it was promised to be. Those complaints are my biggest ones, and even though I'm disappointed in so many ways, I still enjoyed the game. After I unlocked all of L.A. and I could skate around freely without worrying about goals, I had a lot more fun. I hope that Neversoft does a lot with the formula before they produce another Tony Hawk game. Make the game longer and the goals harder. Sift through the garbage in the gameplay and keep all of the good, helpful stuff while getting rid of the trash. Overall, fans of the series should probably check this out, but I'd say that Underground is still the best in the series.
Tony Hawk American Wasteland is opnieuw een solide titel met de gekende klassieke Tony Hawk gameplay. Verwacht ondanks de nieuwe subtitel geen al te grote veranderingen. American Wasteland verdiept het concept van de Underground serie nog iets verder uit met een uitgebreidere verhaal mode en nieuwe trucs. Deze Tony Hawk geeft je een groter gevoel van vrijheid door de uitgestrekte stadsdelen waardoor een goed getrainde gamer haast ongekende mogelijkheden krijgt om monstercombo’s op te zetten. Toch biedt American Wasteland niet genoeg veranderingen voor al diegene die één van de Underground games reeds in hun bezit hebben.
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So when it's all said and done, what do we have? Tony Hawk's American Wasteland is a mix of the incredible, the mediocre, and the downright vomit-inducing, served up as a videogame shake that tastes somewhat above average. If they got rid of the elements that have nothing to do with thrashing, and focused solely on skateboarding like the series did before it started to go through all these crazy name changes (and like fans of the series have been clamoring for since THUG), Neversoft would have had one of the best games of the year.
Given that the game engine has reached a point where we can't realistically expect big changes for our hard-earned $50, the game's minor-at-best changes to the game design are to be expected. However, with the braindead goals, non-charismatic cast of characters, and relatively limited level list, the game is unfortunately relegated to rental status, with its best points making us reminiscent of the days when you actually had to be good to beat a Tony Hawk game.
Tony Hawk American Wasteland will appeal to Tony Hawk fans because it's more of the same in a different wrapping. I quite enjoyed Underground 2's last story and it was my favorite out of the bunch, but American Wasteland is trying hard to win me over. Concerning the Xbox 360, this is in no way a next gen title; it's a graphically enhanced port. I'm sure next year we will have the proper launch of Tony for the 360. Overall it's another win for the always fun Tony Hawk.