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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.


Tony Hawk's American Wasteland Windows Player selection screen in classic mode
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland Windows Player skating in story mode
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland Windows Title screen
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland Windows Player selection in story mode

Promo Images

Tony Hawk's American Wasteland Screenshot
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland Screenshot
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland Screenshot
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland Screenshot

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

The old recipe with some new icing, nothing more PlayStation 2 Matt Neuteboom (989)

Critic Reviews

Game Chronicles Xbox Nov 04, 2005 9.5 out of 10 95 PlayStation 2 Dec 12, 2005 87 out of 100 87
Worth Playing Xbox Nov 22, 2005 8.7 out of 10 87
GamingTrend Xbox Oct 24, 2005 512 out of 600 85
PSX Extreme PlayStation 2 Nov 16, 2005 7.6 out of 10 76
PC Games (Germany) Windows May 01, 2006 76 out of 100 76 Xbox Oct 28, 2005 15 out of 20 75
Deeko PlayStation 2 Nov 04, 2005 7.5 out of 10 75
GotNext Xbox 360 Dec 28, 2005 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Defunct Games Xbox 360 Jan 04, 2006 65 out of 100 65


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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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