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      20.11.2011 01:42

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      BUY!

      I know that others around my age group will agree with me that this game is an absolute classic and one of the best on the Playstation. This game is full of entertainment value, with great levels with good thought into them, hard objectives to keep you playing and playing - adding both them up = a lot of gameplay hours you can clock up. The bestest thing about the game is the soundtrack. Amazing music which fits so perfectly with the game. About 10 years down the line, if I hear a track that features on this game in real life, I will be smile endlessly. This game still remains my most favourite skating game ever, even compared to the modern giants like Skate or the new Tony Hawk games. Number two is the best Tony Hawk's game ever! BUY BUY BUY! You will not be disappointed, trust me! I even have the remake on the iPhone - it's that good!

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      11.03.2011 22:45
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      Still the best skating game you can buy

      This is one of the first games I really played on the PS1 and it soon became my favourite.

      Gameplay:
      What's great about this game is the fact that it has a great career mode. The career starts off fairly easily and becomes harder as you progress through the levels. There is a total of 8 levels, but it feels like more due there size and the amount you can do in each. Each level has certain goals you can aim for, some of which are easier than others. For example, one goal that appears in each level is to collect the letters SKATE. Others include getting a trick worth so many points or finding the secret tape. As you skate around you'll also find cash floating around.

      Once you complete a certain number of goals you will unlock the next level.

      To make things more interesting each level has secret areas. The second level, for example, has a gym. On top of that not all levels have the normal goals like other career modes. Instead it's a contest. During this you have 3 chances to get the best score you can and you get judged on this. The pro skaters scores are shown and your aim is to try and beat them. My favourite level is France which has the contest. If you skate there enough you soon learn how to score big in a very short time - it's a great level to grind some rails and gain well for big air tricks.

      If you want to practice and explore the game does have a free skate option where you can skate around for as long as you like.

      The game also has a multiplayer option. Here there are a number of games you can play such as HORSE. HORSE is where you attempt to beat your opponent by doing a better trick. You have a time limit and compete in set areas of a level. The person with the lowest score gains a letter and the one to lose is the one with all the letters. You can change the word so you are gaining different letters which is a nice option.

      There is an option of playing a game of a set time limit (2 minutes, 5 minutes or 10 minutes) where you decide on a location and see who can score the most points before time runs out.

      Before you start skating you have to choose from a number of well known skaters, including Tony Hawks. But if you don't wish to use any of these that's ok because you can create your own skater. There are a number of different options for both male and female skaters and you can spend ages just deciding on how you want your skater to look.

      If creating a skater wasn't enough you also have the option to create your own skate park - you can even test it out afterwards. You can place ramps, rails and more to create your dream park and if it doesn't work well you can just go back and edit it!

      While this game may have some glitches such as the odd slip through a wall or getting stuck in the ground the main glitch that is a problem is dying. It may be highly amusing, but it does mean having to restart and lose any unsaved progress. Luckily it doesn't happen often and I'm not sure what causes it, but watching the skater float around, just slightly above the ground, is always strangely amusing.

      Personally, I think that Pro Skater 2 is the best out of all the Tony Hawks games. The locations are slightly better than that of the first game and it doesn't have the annoying skater balance metre that the games after have.

      This leads me on to controls. The skater's balance is very important when grinding on a rail and it's up to you to control him with the directional buttons. You have to judge when he is likely to fall and either jump off or grind differently. You get used to judging it though as you can see the skater begin to lean sideways when falling. As in real life there is only so long you can keep grinding for, no matter how good your balance. A balance metre may seem helpful, but you end up focusing too much on it at times and you can actually grind for longer on this game.

      Controlling the skater when skating around is simple. He skates by himself (although you can make him stop by pressing and holding the down button) and you simply press the button for which way you wish him to go. It's really easy.

      Tricks, however, take a little more practice, but you can start by doing an ollie (X and Up) and gradually get harder. Grinding is easy - you press X to jump and then triangle to grind. Even if you are slightly off when jumping towards the rail it will usually correct it, although you may be a bit off balance.

      It doesn't take long to get used to the controls and learn the basic tricks. The more you practice the easier it becomes, but anyone can just pick up this game, skate around and have fun.

      Audio:
      This game has an amazing soundtrack that really suits the game, including the artists Bad Religion and Millencolin. The game also has good sound effects as you'd expect from any skating game.

      Graphics:
      The graphics on this game are rather good. The skaters look quite realistic and you can see a lot of detail has gone into each location.

      Overall:
      It may be a PS1 game, but it's a game I would still happily play every now and then and still remains one of my all time favourites. If you like extreme sports and want a game with different options that you can just pick up and have fun playing then Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2 is a great game.

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        16.01.2010 19:54
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        Still a great game to play.

        The Tony Hawks series of skating games must be the most successful of all skating games. There is a reason for it's legendary status. This game is an improvement on an already great skating game.

        In each level of the game you must complete a wide variety of challenges in order to unlock more of the game. You can also play in two player, free skate and build your own skate parks.

        The game is not too easy to play meaning there is a lot to keep you busy and you get your money's worth. The game gets progressively more difficult as you go along and you have to be pretty good at it to complete it. But the progressive structure of the game allows you to do this while being sufficiently challenging. You do have to practice and put in time to win this game.

        Although this is an old game, it I one of the classics and is still very enjoyable to play. It's also got a great soundtrack.

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        19.10.2008 23:34
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        Buy this game!

        If i had to choose the best of the Tony Hawk video games this would be it, it has the best locations, it has the best feeling in the gameplay and it was the first one to introduce the manual. I always enjoy playing through the career in tony hawks games and this was by no means an exception. You basically go from rookie to pro but in a very subtle and very performance enhancing way. The challenges are all set to a perfect standards as to gradually improve the quality of your gaming ability and this is one of the only ones that it is noticable in because by the time you get the third game you are already amazing at this game and dont improve anymore at all. This is mainly due to the fact that it has more trick options than in the first and this kind of shows to me that number one was basically just experimenting with what they were able to do with a skating game.

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        27.05.2008 15:20

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        Still a wonderful game, so much fun to skate around and many will love it.

        When the Tony Hawkes titles were coming out I do remember thinking "Whats so great about skateboarding?" , I was terrible at it when I was younger and although the whole skater image is big nowadays, back when these games came out, it wasn't that high on the agenda, my mate Liam was the first to get this and he gave me a loan of it at the time, and to be honest this game along with it's previous titles answered my question. This game is what's so great about skateboarding.

        Honestly there really is very little to this game , you pick your skater, customise your stuff and head out onto the tracks which vary from the streets to wharehouses and more. After a tutorial you are allowed to hit the rails where you're main aim is just to rack up as much points as possible to allow to unlock bigger and better venues.

        There are plenty of different moves to master to keep you there all day and the gameplay is so smooth and quick that it really is amazing, the graphics were superb at the time and still hold up for me today and the soundtrack was full of punk music that I was really into at the time.

        An awesome game that still plays well after all this time, thumbs up.

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        16.08.2002 20:32

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        Don't bother - Advantages: Good - Disadvantages: Bad

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        16.07.2002 22:46

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        a fast,active,fun game - Advantages: realistic - Disadvantages: addictive

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        03.06.2002 05:30

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        I thought THPS2 was a fantastic game, so when I found out Tony Hawks 3 was coming out for the PS2 I couldn't wait! When I bought it, I expected to be disappointed but I wasn't. Great gameplay and graphics, even more multiplayer options than the previous one and more players and levels. The new revert trick is also a great addition to the game, allowing you to link tricks together so you can pull off tricks that just go on and on. There's also the possibility to somehow play online using an ethernet connection or something like that but I haven't quite figured out how that works yet. Overall, it's a brilliant game and is a must for anyone who liked the first 2. If you haven't tried this kind of game before, but SSX, SSX Tricky, or Dave Mirra's appealled, this game is definately for you!

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        30.05.2002 01:25
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        not being a skater myself i was a bit worried about not being able to follow the gameplay / tricks. However i was greatly impressed with the games engine. It starts you off from scratch guideing you and telling you where you went wrong. All basic tricks are relatively simple to pull off, but these tricks can be combined and multiplied for extra points. This game has a very progressive learing curve, allowing beginners and advanced players to come back to it allt he time. The levels are varied in their stylr and layout (skate parks, street riding tec). One greivance was that the characters, apart from their special moves behaved very similar to one another. This however is a very minor negative point in such a quality game. Bwe it a five minute session before work/college or an all afternoon this game has it all. I have been playing it for months now but am still going back top it. Once completed other challenges await you, such as clooecting all the viedo tapes. This part of the game could have been made more challenging. The two player aspect opf the game is equally good, varying game styles to compete against to see who really is the best!. The gama also comes with video clips of all the skaters. Overall this game comes highly recommended from me, i woild say anyone who wants a challening game could find their fun else where however of you want a game that is quick to get into and keep you occupied for a whil then this is for you. Oh yes, music if you like skate punk then you will love ths music however after 4 months 6 songs do get a bit repetive. More music could have been useful.

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        17.01.2002 20:09

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        Still my favourite game to date. "Tony" (to play) should be entered into the Dictionary! - Advantages: Fun, Cheap to buy, Loads to do - Disadvantages: You may cocoon yourself in you room

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        30.12.2001 01:56
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        TONY HAWKS 2 A little more than a year ago, video game players witnessed a strange phenomenon when Tony Hawk's Pro Skater was released for the PlayStation console. Up until that point, the entire subgenre of extreme sports games - after years of having mediocre games - had a stigma, which caused a lot of developers to stop producing such games altogether. Then Tony Hawk's Pro Skater for the PlayStation seemed to come out of nowhere: It broke the lull in extreme sports releases. It was an incredibly good skateboarding game that received unanimously high praise. Unfortunately, PC game players missed out on the first Tony Hawk's Pro Skater; but as the extreme sports market heated up, Activision saw fit to bring the sequel, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, to the PC. While it may lack some of the visual flare of today's PC games, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 more than makes up for it with its outstanding gameplay. THE PARKS The general design of each skate park is excellent; only one park has the overused abandoned-warehouse theme. Yet even that particular skate park has a number of features that make it stand out from the typical design, such as a helicopter that you can grind and a small plane with wings that you can use as a ramp. All the levels have many different tasks to complete some exclusive only to that level such as ollieing the bums and collecting pilot wings. Other parks include a school in Los Angeles, where you must be on the lookout for a golf-cart driver who would like nothing more than to run you over. There's also a standard skate park in Marseilles, France, filled with typical empty pools, park benches, and ramps. There's even a skate park set in New York, complete with taxis and their foul-mouthed drivers, as well as subway cars and tracks. OVERALL A very good game with excellent graphics and a most certen buy!

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          22.11.2001 02:14

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          This game is an all time great and will remain that way, many other developers tried to create skating games just like this but everyone failed to impress. Publisher:Activision Developer:Neversoft The gameplay is really quite outstanding on this game, there have been very little changes since the first outing for tony hawk just a few more tricks, collect money and by new boards but these changes improve the game and make it more fullfilling in the enjoyment factor. Each level is different and you have to pull off amzing stunts. The graphics too are really good the skaters look realistic and so do the backround this all adds to the felling of realism which often makes a game good. To get good at this game you need a lot of practice and patience especially if you want to complete it. Sound is also very good over 20 songs i think and they all sound great. This game is cheap and brilliant it should be bought 10/10

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          21.11.2001 04:36
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          I,like many others, have a great interest in PSX games involving sport. I can honestly say this is the best one I have found yet and my throbbing left thumb is the physical proof of that. I was initially drawn to this game by the nostalgic memories of my own skating days, many a summer holidaly spent picking myself up off the ground, and straight away I was struck by the quality of the game play. The characters look good and move well. There is no falsness or blocky graphics and they actually look like the people they're supposed to represent. The sound track is also fantastic, with tunes from Public Enemy, Rage Against The Machine and many more. I can see why non-skaters also enjoy playing this game. The way the game is set out makes it feel like an adventure game where you have to overcome obstacles in order to move on to the next level. These obstacles include achieving high scores, collecting cash, finding secret areas and building up your repertoire of tricks. But beware this is not as easy as falling off a board. It requires time and patience to conquer each level. The varied layout of the levels ensures that you are kept interested and determined to progress to the next level. Once again my aching digits are proof of that. A downside to this game, however, is that it can be quite difficult in parts and some people may reach a level and be unable to progress. Meaning the game gets put aside and forgotten. But for those of you, like me, who would be happy with one skater and a half-pipe this game is a must and it will take something pretty special to remove it from my Playstaion. Assuming my fingers don't fall off first!!!

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          14.11.2001 21:15
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          I love it, I love it, I love it!! So will you (especially if you liked the first one). If you have ever played Tony Hawks Pro Skater, you will know how addictive it can be trying to get all the tapes in each level, trying to get the highest score you possibly can, and trying to thrash your partner or friend in the cool 2 player games. Well Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2 has all that, plus more! The levels are huge and there are more of them. O.K., so some tricks are harder to pull off, but it's really worth it when you do (anyway doesn't that make it more of a challenge?) and you get some pretty amazing points for them! This game has endless playability, even once you have completed all the levels, the are some excellent bonus levels to get, and once you have done them you will still be playing it just to try and better your scores!! Also a brilliant game for 2 players. So why play this rather than buy a skateboard...You can eat/smoke/drink while playing, It's warmer and more comfortable, You get a rather groovy soundtrack to skate to and It doesn't hurt/is less embarrasing when you fall off!!

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            07.11.2001 22:07
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            Activision started of the plethora of skateboarding games bacause they released a great skateboarding game called Tony Hawk's Skateboarding. So other labels thought they could do the same and have realesed a lot of skateboarding games since the arrival of THS, but none of them have come close to the game. Now labels will have to pull off a top notch game with no mistakes apart from minor ones now Activision have already released the sequel Tony Hawk's Pro Skateboarder 2 which is even better than the first one, it was released in 2000 September, and attracted a lot of people to buy the game, and is streaks ahead of the other Skateboarding games. A lot of work was put in by the developers called Neversoft, they thought it would be the biggest game they had to make in the year 2000, and it should have been as well, all the hard work eventually paid off and went in to the ratings first when it was released. In my opinion this game ranks among the top games on the Psone. Publishers: Activision Developers: Neversoft GAMEPLAY & ENJOYMENT The gameplay makes this game so enjoyable and the game very good and hard. There is not a lot of changes from the first game in the gameplay department, apart from a few more tricks, getting dollars, and buying stats, boards and tricks. And there is not a single problem with the changes, infact it makes the game more intresting, enjoyable and also it makes the game have more gameplay than the last game. On each level you have to do grinds, grabs, kickflips, do big air and i mean big, big air, do hangtimes, jump over places, open up a new place within the level, grab dollars, ect. Each level you have to complete all the tasks so you can open up a new level and get loads of dollars, apart from three competition levels. All this makes it enjoyable and makes you do a lot of gameplay, you don't just do the tricks but you also have to open up the places and jump over places so you can get all the dollars
            and complete the tasks. On each of the levels you have to get a sick score which means a very high score so if you want to achieve that you have to do big combos(combine a lot of tricks together, to score high scores) and most of the combos should be over 1000 points if you want to be sure of getting to your target, without jumping over places, ect. You also have to do certain tricks in certain places in the levels like nosegrind a half-pipe, kickflip a TC gap, ect. You also have to get all the dollars and the secret tape if you want to complete the last task on the levels. You might not find it enjoyable if it is very difficult for you. There is though one hitch in the gameplay department, there is sometimes slow-down when you do combos, it has happened to me when i have done kickflips and grabs together, and when that happens 90% certain you are going to bail, and get injured and waste a precious few seconds, but can be enjoyable to watch the skater get injured. But that is the only hitch in the gameplay. Very enjoyable and playable. GRAPHICS: There is nothing wrong with the graphics at all in my opinion. The detail on the skaters are fantastic and the size of them are good as well as the faces plus the clothing fits on well and the body looks perfect too, you can see them easily and are good up close and the hair joins to the head quite well, you can't really see the board so i can't say if it is good or not, but if i could i am sure it would be good. They don't look ugly, bulky or big. When the skaters bail you see the new animation when they touch the stomach, the blood pouring, ect, it is so much better than the last game, as they didn't show much of the gory details and the movement. The levels look cool as you can see the rails, windows, benches, cars, water, ramps, ect. It all looks very realistic and they brighten up the place, also when you need to get tokens, dollars, ect out of the air you can see they look very bright and sty
            lish. When you play on the levels it looks more polished than the last game, and when you do tricks it reveals the points on the screen and even they look stylish and polished, and when the tricks fail and you bail on the screen the points go red and drip away from the screen slowly, oh so great, realistic and polished these graphice are. The menu screens are also easy to look at and the design changes on most of the menus, which is very pleasant and it is nice to see Neversoft look at everything on the game and trying to make it right. ADDICTEVENESS & PRACTICE: You have to put a lot of practice in this game and put a lot of dedictation in to it if you want to complete the game. The more you do put in the more better you are going to get at it, if you don't you will get frustated and won't find it addictive, but you will when you have practice it will be rewarded. When you do get the hang of the game i think it is one of the best addictive titles on the Psone, because of the gameplay, graphics and the longevity. Shame though about the learning curve because more people would have get hooked to the game or would have found out from the last game that it is difficult. ORIGINALITY: Well it isn't original if you have to grab dollars from the air, i wish that would happen in real life, then get badly injured about five times in a minute and get up every single time in about two seconds, and that happens even when you get knocked down by a car. Then buying yourself stats, and tricks isn't original either, to get better stats and tricks you should practice more thats what happens in real life, but i like it like that way. The rest of the game though is rather original, damm! SOUND: There are 20 songs on the game mixture of hip hop tracks and metal. Featuring Papa Roach and Nature and other top bands. It gels with the game very good and most of the songs are top notch, there is not a lot of bad songs on the game. You might find
            yourself singing to the songs and not concentrating on this fab game. And when your skater bails he groins are you can hear his pain which is a useful addition to the game, as well as hearing them when they are skateboarding and hearing them grind, they don't make unrealistic either. In the competition levels you hear the crowd boo and cheer, and there is loads of cheers if you are do great combos and big air so you know you are doing very well, also you would know if you are doing totally rubbish. Overall the sound is very good and enjoyable. LEVELS: Each level changes a lot, so you have to change you tactics every level. In the first level you have to do hangtimes and combos to get sick scores and you have to do three different hangtimes to complete a task, then on the second level you have to grind a lot as there is a lot of rails there and you have to do a task doing grinding rails. So it is very difficult to cope with the different levels but if you cope with the levels then comes along a competion level in which you have to score consistently high in the heats, there is three and the top two heats are added together. You have to gain a medal to get in the second competition, either a bronze, silver and gold but if you get a gold then you get more dollars. The levels have a lot of obstacles in the way with posts, cars ect. But there is a lot of useful ramps, rails, benches, buildings ect, to get the sick scores. They join up together and are spaced out really well there is always a place to get points though there is some annoying places in the levels which is a minor niggle as there is not many. LONGEVITY: The career mode will take ages to complete even if you have a lot of practice put in the game. At the most it will take a month but it should take about three months. But you will get hooked on to this game after the career mode because of the range of options and the mutiplayer modes are fantastic. So you shouldn't leave this gam
            e ever, well you should if Tony Hawk's 3 comes out. VALUE FOR MONEY: This is very good value for money at £20 and one of the best games on the Psone and one of the most addictive as well, you can't get better value for money on any other game, may be the same but not better. Some skateboarding are £10 but there are streaks behind this game.

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