I’ve always been a fan of the Tony Hawks games, although Pro Skater 2 has always been the one that I always go back to. I bought Tony Hawks Pro Skater 4 years ago, but never spent much time on it so I decided to pick it up again and give it a proper chance.
As with the other Tony Hawks skateboarding games there is the option of career mode, single session, free skate, two player, create skater and park editor.
If you’ve played any of the other games in the Pro Skater series you’ll already pretty much know what to expect from this game.
There are various modes to choose from.
Career mode is the main mode in which you complete goals to gain points and unlock new levels.
The main change in this game is that you can skate around freely and complete goals when you wish whereas previous games had a 2 minute limit in which to complete as many goals as you could.
The main downside to this is that you have to skate around to try and find the goals and certain goals don’t appear until you’ve completed others. Previously you had a list of all goals. You could start with the ones you found easiest and work through them in any order.
There are various goals, some of which you’ll recognise if you’ve played a Tony hawks game before. Certain ones are same on each level. For example, on each level you have to collect the letters of SKATE.
Some goals are also harder than others. To select which goal you want to do there are different coloured coin items floating around each level. You have to stop by them and select it and it will tell you the goal. You get different goals with each coin and each has a time limit.
A good feature of the game is stat points. Stat points are points you can add to improve air, rail balance etc. You gain stats by completing the goals. I like this feature as you feel like you’re improving the skater although I’m not sure the added stat points always make a great difference.
There are various levels. I can’t say I was that impressed with the levels compared to other Tony hawks games. Some are better for skating in then others.
The audio is the typical Tony Hawks music. As with other games some tracks are better than others. I personally prefer the Tony Hawks pro skater 2 soundtrack over this one.
The sound effects are fine. Nothing amazing but it is a PS1 game.
The graphics are decent for a PS1 game, but they’re not really an improvement on the previous Tony Hawks games.
You can pick up this game for a few pounds or less on both PS1 and PS2.
Tony Hawks Pro Skater 4 is a decent game but not the best out the series. If you love Tony Hawks games then this game is worth playing.
This is my favourite game in the seris of tony hawk. It has improved on the third one with better graphics and also with a new story line mode. The game has some new moves and new environments to play through.
The sound track is as good as ever, with many track which will rock your socks off while you play through the game. The gameplay is comprised of talking to characters in the game and they will give you tasks to do. Most of them have a time limit to do them in, which makes them harder as they go on. You have collect the altters skate in each level, beat high scores, combo high scores, time attack high scores, hit the move challenges, learn a new special move and collect combo letters whilst in a combo. These are some the things on each level, then on top of that each level has its own goals and objectives which you only find on that level, which is all to do with the characters.
The characters and missios they give you are generally quite funny and you find yourself laughing in amusement while you play, and some the challenges are funny like knocking down certain characters etc.
Overall the multiplayer is awesome you have lots of mode from king of the hill, to horse to time attack and score attacks. This is the best tony hawk game in my opinion and the difficulty is still hard at the end, whereas the newer generation of tony hawk games are easier.
Defaintely reccomend you go buy this game.
The fourth skater game in the series features more stunts, tricks, skaters, levels, moves and features than any of the other games before it.
You can fully customise your skater with clothes and the board that they use. You can change the wheels, deck, colours etc.
There are various different modes of play that you can participate in such as the single player career mode. This mode allows you to go through many different levels improving your skills by completing missions and gaining points that you can convert into stat points to increase your abilities.
There are many different jumps, gaps and tricks to find each with their own special name. You will have a list of different ones to find for each level. Its very difficult sometimes as they can be almost anywhere, on anything doing a certain kind of trick. You could be looking for a long time.
You can also create your own skatepark using ramps, rails etc.
You can play two player games against your friends split screen or using a link up cable (much better).
With the arrival of the third instalment in the series at the end of 2001, the Pro Skater franchise really hit the big time. The game appeared on several formats, recieved great critical acclaim and sold hundreds of thousands of copies in the U.K alone. It was extremely impressive - the levels were bold, the action was addictive and the new revert trick added a whole new dimension to proceedings. For anyone new to the series, the action simply involves skateboarding around a variety of themed levels pulling off tricks using air-grabs, flips, grinds, lip-tricks and manuals, and linking them together for super points. The main change for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 is that there is no time limit on levels and you must ride around to find icons indicating a goal to attempt. Having selected one of these, the game sets up conditions for the goal (such as a certain timelimit and parameters) and you can attempt it as many times as you need. Instead of just ten goals or so per level, there are now more than 25 in each of the seven areas! The goals vary - point-scoring, making combos or collecting items, all of which range in difficulty. This sounds great for fans looking for a massive challenge, but the developers have made a silly mistake that has severely cut the lifespan of the game by several weeks, and was not apparent in any of the previous Tony Hawk games - once you complete the game with one skater, almost everything is unlocked and finished. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 lasted weeks because you had to complete the game with all the skater's - building up their stats, unlocking their boards, discovering their videos and being awarded a new cheat for each completion. This made for a good couple of months of action. I completed Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 in less than one week (!), which was a real disappointment. To the developers credit, there are a selection new gameplay features. You can now perform lip and grind 'extensions', where y
ou twiddle the D-Pad to change the trick you are performing without having to leave the actual board at anytime. Another main new move is the 'spine transfer', which allows you to cross over half-pipes safely. This move can also be used to land safely if you misjusge an ollie going up a ramp and are a headed for a collision with the floor! This update is quite nice looking - the scale of the levels and the variety between them is admirable, but it suffers from pop-up and the draw distance is not particularly inspiring. It certainly doesn't look any better than THPS 3. The action is every bit as compelling as before, with the new extension moves really making for some fresh action. There are no new air or grind tricks, but that doesn't matter - the beauty of the series is that it's the levels that make the difference, because you can interact with almost everything you see so there is loads of exploration to be done to find everything. Levels on offer include a wet London complete with lightning effects, fountains and a red double-decker bus which you can abuse for points-gaining purposes. You can explore Alcatraz and discover an abandoned cell-block, complete with the sea proving an ominous-hazard. Later in the game you will find a sewer with some truly evil level goals (wall riding up sewer pipes can be particularly trying at times) and there is even a level where you ride around on a kitchen worktop complete with sinks for half-pipes, pots, pans, cheese and even a grill with bacon and eggs cooking. Fans of the series and new comers should definately investigate this because it is still a great title, despite the lack of real lifespan that it's predessesors had. It extremely well though the manuals have lost their incredible responsivness that made no. 3 so perfect. Hawk's 4 is also a tad pricy at £25 - having gone up in price for Christmas, which was a shameful trick employed by many publishers around the festive season.