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Unglaublich, was Vicarious Visions uns da wieder auf den GBA zaubert: Tony Hawk‘s Pro Skater 4 ist hier wie auf allen anderen Systemen, vollends gelungen!
Spielerisch ist an Tony Hawk‘s Pro Skater 4 kaum noch was zu verbessern, Grafisch hingegen schon. Da das Spiel eine isometrische 3D-Illusion verwendet, kann es anfangs zu Täuschungen kommen. Vertiefungen und Erhöhungen werden auf dem Display nicht immer gleich als solche wahrgenommen. Gerade Tony Hawk-Neulinge müssen sich an diese Grafikdarstellung erst noch gewöhnen. Die optischen Unterschiede zwischen dem dritten und dem vierten Teil sind nicht so auffällig wie beispielsweise auf dem GameCube. Neue Details muss man tatsächlich mit der Lupe suchen. Dennoch präsentiert sich die Optik einen Tick fescher. Nicht so genau nahm es Vicarious Visions diesmal mit dem Sound. Der kommt nicht mehr so druckvoll rüber wie noch in Teil drei.
When all is said and done, Tony Hawk 4 isn't a huge step visually from the last version in the franchise...but the enhancements to the game design make this sequel a much more enjoyable extreme sports title. The additional challenges and the way they're presented really enhance an already excellent game series. The GBA version still has its quirks, and the "ooh neat" factor of getting the Tony Hawk experience on a handheld has definitely faded away, but Tony Hawk 4 is thorough design with a lot more challenging tasks than the previous games.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 is about as good as handheld gaming gets. It's a treat visually and the gameplay is challenging without being impossible. If you're a fan of the series -- or of extreme games in general -- and have always thought that handheld gaming was for the kiddy crowd who liked to train pocket monsters or plow through cutesy platformers, this is the one that'll change your mind.
THPS4 has all of the moves, tricks, animations, and classic gameplay that at this point you would expect it to have. VV has succeeded in all expected fronts in this game, no more so or less so than their previous efforts. THPS4 on the GBA is as much an improvement over the previous handheld games as THPS4 for the GameCube (and the PS2 and Xbox) improved over their predecessors. The spine transfer move has been implemented successfully and the gameplay and goal system is now much more open-ended due to the elimination of the two minute time limit. Put simply, this is Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 on the GBA, as perfectly implemented as ever could be expected. As a single player or multi player experience, THPS4 on the GBA works.
One of the biggest surprises of the Game Boy Advance launch lineup was Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, which featured simple polygonal riders in an isometric environment and proved to be surprisingly playable. Though, perhaps even more surprising has been the proliferation of action sports titles on the GBA. Almost all the big console action sports series--Tony Hawk, Mat Hoffman, Dave Mirra, Aggressive Inline--have been given a similar treatment, and to good effect. Now, Vicarious Visions brings Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 to the GBA. It doesn't quite make Tony Hawk 3 obsolete, but rather gives the handheld crowd yet another excellent action sports game to choose from.
The fact that you are no longer limited to two-minute runs coupled with the ability to land vert-tricks on flat ground make THPS4 a game that must be experienced for Hawk fans. Those new to the series will find that its satisfying trick-system and simple-to-learn gameplay will prove to be quickly addictive. No matter which side of the fence you’re on, this is definitely a title you won’t want to miss.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 on the GBA is a great game, like it has been every year. However, if you have THPS3 for the system, you’re probably better off sticking with your guns unless you want a new set of challenges. As great a game as it is this year, last year’s version was pretty good in its own right. On the other hand, if you don’t have a previous handheld Pro Skater, it’s a must-buy for anyone looking for their skateboarding fix on the go. How this series can get better in the next version is a toss-up, so you might want to hop on board the bandwagon while it’s still moving.
The overall gameplay mechanics make this game a lot of fun to play. I recommend this to all GBA owners who enjoy this type of game because they don't get a lot better than this. I still think 2 and 3 are the better ones, but you be the judge of that and tell me what you think.
Most importantly, THPS4 accurately re-creates the series' addictive gameplay, so most classic strategies and combos are intact. After practice, the GBA’s tiny gamepad performs reverts, manuals, and special tricks with precision. Though this GBA port of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 packs a mighty gameplay punch, aside from the new missions and sharper graphics, it isn’t a massive upgrade to last year’s handheld skating formula. Still, Hawk fanatics will love the new tricks and the multiplayer link games, while newbies will appreciate the gradual learning curve. Even pint-sized, Hawk soars.
Ce nouveau Tony Hawk tient le haut du pavé sur GBA. Si les différences avec le troisième volet de la série ne sont pas de prime à bord très nombreuses, il serait dommage de se priver de cet opus très réussi techniquement et diablement abordable en terme de gameplay.