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Best skateboard game EVER! Matt Ogles (18) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Quite possibly the best PS2 game yet. JPaterson (9551) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
PS one is good, but in PS2 is better! Zaibatsu (4509) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

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Overall User Score (51 votes) 3.9

Critic Reviews

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 smoothes out the last of the series’ rough edges, leaving a gleaming diamond behind. With the introduction of reverts, the aerial game has been completely salvaged from the second chapter, and the upgrade to the PS2 has come with more bells and whistles than one might expect. Not only are the graphics significantly improved, they whisk by at a steady pace and feature larger levels with even more interactive environments. On top of this impressive feat, the gameplay is still just as solid as before. The addition of Internet play not only breaks new ground, it tills, plants and harvests a rich crop with its intuitive interface and easy to configure support for third-party hardware. About the furthest thing possible from a cosmetic upgrade, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 is skateboarding with its hair combed, clothes pressed and the dirt washed out from behind its ears.
PSM (Dec, 2001)
If ever a game deserves the description, 'gaming bliss', it's Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3. Its combination of fresh and interesting levels with gameplay that's addicting as hell will make bloodshot eyes and hand cramps a normal part of life, for a few months anyway.
The Video Game Critic (Feb 22, 2002)
Tony Hawk is awesome, and it sets a new standard for extreme games!
Game Revolution (Nov 01, 2001)
When it's all said and done, when your eyes have completely dried up after spending 7 straight hours obsessing over massive rail grinds, THPS 3 comes through on its promise to do next-gen justice to the series. There simply is no better skating game available, and for that matter, very few other games that compete, period. Looks like Tony one-upped the 900.
Gaming Age (Nov 07, 2001)
So how could this game get any better? Tack on a skate park editor with more features, tons of mini-missions and level objectives combined with a deep create-a-skater mode and more outfits that you can shake a stick at. And with a large stable of skaters to choose from to begin with, I'd say you won't getting bored of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 for a long time.
Gaming Target (Nov 29, 2001)
After two sequels, Neversoft still never ceases to amaze me in what they can truly do with this skating franchise. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, honestly, is the best in the series. The controls are tweaked to perfection, the graphics are believably astounding, and there are more bands to listen to than ever...albeit, the songs played aren't too new. You get huger levels than ever before, and more interactivity in them. The bulkier and much better Create-A-Something’s (both player and park) expand the options. And, above all, this is the first PlayStation 2 game EVER with online capabilities! With those last few sentences said, I have no doubts that anyone who was a fan of the first two games in the series will find a new love on their PlayStation 2 with the sequel of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3!
GamesFirst! (Nov 29, 2001)
I am getting to be an old gamer at the ripe age of 26, and my skateboarding days are all behind me. I have some scars and funny shaped bones to remind me of the days gone by, and I walk my dog past our local skatepark to see my younger friends, many of whom I worked with to help raise funds and get the park built. I have always believed that skateboarding is a legitimate sport, and I’ve been incredibly happy to see it grow over the past ten years. Undoubtedly, one reason it has been so successful as a sport is the ambassadorship of Tony Hawk, and one reason Tony Hawk is such a mainstream icon these days is the Pro Skater series. I love these games, and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 is no exception.
TH3 re-establishes the Hawk as the don of extreme sports gaming, with its blend of blistering action, original challenges, top graphics and online multiplayer joy. So leg it to your local games shop and demand a copy of Tony Hawk's 3. It'll be one of the best purchases of your life, guaranteed.
PSX Extreme (Nov 04, 2001)
If you live on the planet "Idiot" then maybe I'll forgive you for not playing any of the three Tony Hawk titles. No wait, come to think of it, I wouldn't! No matter your mental capacity, if you play games and own a Playstation 2 it is your obligation to purchase Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3. Software this magnificent doesn't come around every day, although during the past three months it sure felt like it. Nevertheless, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 is quite possibly the finest and most addictive videogame ever! The drop dead gorgeous visuals add a lot more realism to the game's atmosphere; in addition the gameplay is hands-down like no other. Tony Hawk 3's replay value is practically infinite, no is! I'd score the replay value an 11, but our database just doesn't have the coding to process that. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3's online mode, park editor, and all new bevy of secrets (such as skaters and THPS1 stages) heavily justify a perfect score.
GamePro (US) (Oct 31, 2001)
For THPS3, Neversoft revisits the past, enhances the present, and leads console gamers ever closer to their inevitable online future. Gamers can play as one of 13 professional boarders or create their own male (or female!) skater to tackle the eight levels, from Tokyo to a suburban microcosm. New techniques like the revert help extend combos to incredible lengths, and more clever (and character-specific) career goals join online play as the game's key innovations.
GameSpot (Oct 29, 2001)
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 strikes a perfect balance between new and old and renders the two previous entries in the series almost completely obsolete in the process.
Armchair Empire, The (Nov 25, 2001)
So what’s the best thing about THPS3? Well since I don’t have a home phone I can’t comment on the Internet option, nor can I comment on all the unlockable features, for I am no where near unlocking them all. At this point I simply know that as a total package there is no game on the planet that can captivate me more than THPS3 and for many hours on end no less. Rodney Mullen and I have become great friends from the time we’ve shared together, and I’m about to get fully acquainted with Kareem Campbell. O Joy another week to cast aside all responsibilities!
For three years, and after two dominating Tony Hawk releases, Neversoft ruled the 32-bit age of gaming with an iron fist, inspiring countless clones and topping sales charts with each of its efforts. The scary thing is, you haven’t seen anything yet.
IGN (Oct 30, 2001)
I have a couple of complaints about the graphics here, of course, but that's just for the sake of covering myself. By all means, trample the homeless and innocent small children in your stampeding rush to own this game. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 is a great debut for the franchise on PlayStation 2, bringing an already-first-rate gameplay concept into a new graphical world completely intact, and it holds out the promise of even better next-generation skateboarding action to come in the next few years.
Game Over Online (Jan 14, 2002)
THPS 3 is a very worthy addition to the series and to any gamer's game collection. I was very impressed with what was added and what was changed. Congratulations to Neversoft for maintaining the reputation of an already excellent series.
Game Chronicles (Nov 14, 2001)
This game is worth the whole 50 bucks you'll have the privilege of spending on it and more. Apparently I'm a great writer, because you're still reading this instead of at your local software store shelling out cash for THPS3. Go forth into the light and grab yourself a copy of this game.
GameZone (Nov 18, 2001)
It's safe to say that the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series has made its mark in the gaming industry. A few years ago no one would have guessed that an alternative sports title could be so successful in the market, but this series has proved it possible and opened up the doors for many other similar game developments. Not to anyone's surprise, Activision and Neversoft have once again delivered a topnotch skateboarding title to the gamers of the world with the release of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 (THPS3).
Meristation (Dec 11, 2001)
¿Qué puedo decir de este grandísimo título? Pues que me ha sorprendido muy gratamente. Y no por su jugabilidad, pues las dos anteriores entregas para PSX ya se encargaron de hacerme saber que los juegos de Tony Hawk no se andan con chiquitas en su deseo de entretener hasta al usuario más exigente. No escapa a nadie que esta serie se ha ganado una bien merecida fama de ser una de las más jugables de todo el catálogo de PSX, por lo que cada nuevo título que es lanzado bajo su nombre es precedido por una ola de rumores y, sobre todo, de mucha, mucha expectación.
Game Freaks 365 (Jan 01, 2005)
This game innovates this series by adding new freestyle tricks to make you look better than Rodney Mullen ever could. The 90 goals in THPS3 and many secret characters give you over 30 hours of solid gameplay to unlock everything in the game. It is very much worth the time to stop and play this game.
93 (Dec 14, 2001)
Fans der Tony Hawks Pro Skater-Serie müssen ihre Sammlung mit dem neusten und bislang besten Teil ohnehin vervollständigen doch auch wer sich diesen Spaß bislang entgehen ließ, sollte sich dringend auf das virtuelle Board stellen. Tony ist zurück und das in absoluter Topform! Keep on rolling!
Gamer 2.0 (Aug 17, 2004)
Overall, THPS3 takes the series to the next level. What was already basically perfect from last generation's standards, this gets better. From the new re-vert stuff to the great graphics and level design, THPS3 is a must-own. Whether you're getting the Playstation 2 version or one of the others, it's highly recommendable on all accounts. It's simply one of the best games on store shelves at the moment.
DarkZero (Jan 09, 2005)
THPS 3 is a very entertaining game and definitely worth buying or at least borrowing off a friend, once you have completed this or got bored with it there are 5 other Tony Hawk games to play so remember to save up some cash!
91 (Jan 10, 2002)
Das beste Skater-Spiel wurde noch besser - war auch kaum anders zu erwarten. Mit einem aufgestockten Trick-Repertoire, einer unter dem Strich überzeugenden Grafik mit kleinen Fehlern und dem bekannt guten Leveldesign gibt der dritte Teil der ruhmreichen Serie einen überzeugenden Next-Generation-Einstand. Ein abwechslungsreicher Soundtrack, herausfordernde Multiplayer-Modi und kleine Extras wie der Park-Editor runden ein gelungenes und hochmotivierendes Spielerlebnis ab, das sowohl Anfänger als auch Kenner (und Könner) wieder stundenlang vor den Bildschirm fesseln dürfte. Dass es immer noch kleine Mankos hier und da gibt, dürfte angesichts der übermächtigen positiven Punkte nur die Wenigsten stören und zeigt, dass es auch Neversoft glücklicherweise (?) nicht gelungen ist, ein perfektes Spiel auf die Beine zu stellen. Was sollte auch sonst in Teil 4 kommen?
Jag har aldrig spelat ett bättre skateboardspel och kommer antagligen inte göra det förrän Neversoft och Tony Hawk släpper del fyra.
HonestGamers (Dec 28, 2005)
There was once a time when Tony Hawks games were about skateboarding and not poorly-played out pop-culture references and MTV-inspired dribble; when they weren't concerned in producing a blurry reflection of an over-embellished culture and concentrated on making the games playable. There was a time when said franchise made it enjoyable to pick up your virtual board and surf some cement.
TotalVideoGames (TVG) (Nov 30, 2001)
The game is also the first game to feature network play, but due to the current abysmal state of online gaming in Europe, weâve yet to experience this. This is just extra icing to an already delicious cake, thatâs available to the lucky few and US gamers. However the rest of us can make do with the games excellent split-screen mode, still with all of the originals excellent modes.
GamersMark (Nov 04, 2001)
Although I wouldn’t call THPS3 as innovative as THPS2 it is still far and away the best skateboarding game available on the Playstation 2 and it will probably remain the end all be all skating game for PS2 until well… THPS4 comes out. With that said this is a really great game and with the inclusion of the network play (a first for a PS2 game) I would expect to spend a lot of time with this one.
90 (Oct 28, 2001)
The living legend of skateboarding, Tony Hawk, brings you into his world yet again with new features that take advantage of next generation system capabilities for even more cement shredding action than ever before while keeping the same addictive game play fans know and love.
GameSpy (Dec 10, 2001)
Tony Hawk 3 clearly demonstrates that the Playstation 2 is primed and ready for more online multiplayer games. Connecting is a breeze and there's certainly no shortage of online players, most of whom are very good. Newcomers to the Tony Hawk series shouldn't expect to jump online without suffering regular defeats.
PlayFrance (Apr 12, 2003)
Tony Hawk a toujours été le patron des skate-parks, le jeu se trouve lui aussi au sommet et ce quelque soit la plate-forme. Souvent calquée mais jamais égalée, la série a toujours su se démarquer, ce Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 ne déroge pas à la règle et vient encore une fois placer la barre très haute pour les futurs éditeurs qui souhaiteraient se lancer sur le créneau. Cependant, nous aurions préféré davantage de nouveautés par rapport à l'épisode précédent, mais qu'importe, ce troisième volet nous offre du fun en continu, et n'est-ce pas là l'essentiel ?
80 (Dec 15, 2001)
Bien meilleure que sur PSone, cette version PS2 marque l'entrée fracassante de Tony Hawk sur la console noire de Sony. Pour peu que vous aimiez le genre, vous pouvez vous précipiter sur ce titre. Et si vous ne connaissez pas encore les jeux de skate, c'est par celui-là que vous devriez commencer !
80 (UK) (Dec 13, 2001)
While Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 is a super game in its own right, I can't help but feel it isn't a significant enough step forward for the series. It's definitely unrivalled in speed, scale and sheer excitement, but there's a lack of innovation that taints the experience from start to finish. Don't rest on your laurels, Neversoft.
As Sony’s official PlayStation 2 modem isn’t out yet, the game’s multiplayer mode -- the real big addition to the series -- isn’t really accessible. Other than the revert command and a few other tweaks and larger levels, this is just a small step up from the previous installment. However, considering that this is the only version optimized for the PlayStation 2 and that it has that knack for being great for random spurts or even for long play sessions, with the addictive ‘beat the score’ mentality that is missing from so many games these days, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 rounds out as a solid title.
While fans of the last installment may at first be disappointed in the apparent lack of notable new features and improvements, there are plenty of additions to be enjoyed after mastering the new options and levels. And for those seeking another asphalt thrill-ride without the perky annoyance of a compound fracture, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 is sure to hit the spot.