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      19.09.2009 12:41
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      great buy at the current price.

      This was the Tony Hawk game which defined the franchise and made the game so popular. Alhought my favourite was 4, this is a close second. With some good graphics and some sweet moves too this is definately a close second.

      you play through the game by creating your own character, which throughout the game you can upgrade and improve on his stats. You learn new tricks throughout the game which are your specials. The game has lots of small little challenges I suppose which are part the story. Where you have to string together tricks, beat high scores, time trials, collect items etc. There is lots of variety and differing levels of difficulty so is a good game for all gamer levels. The game is highly addictive and simple to pick up and play too.

      The are unlockable characters like wolverine and darth maul (with a hoverboard XD) and the in game multi player is awesome as you can play lots of different modes.

      The game has an excellent soundtrack one of the most memorable tracks with awesome songs from ace of spades and others. The game also features a variety of funny jokes which will put some smiles on your fae while you play.

      Overall it is a brilliant game with everything you need to enjoy playing for a long time.

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      15.07.2008 21:53

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      Why buy later Tony Hawks when this is best?

      Of all the Tony Hawks games available, this is my favourite. The graphics are solid, there is an excellent rock soundtrack and most importantly the gameplay is as good as anything that has come since.

      As you should know, this is a skating game in which you can create your own upgradeable character, perform tricks with him and open up new stages. What really makes it special is two things: One the excellent two player mode which is really good fun and secondly the brilliant humour. There are plenty of visual jokes I found funny such as skateboarding through a tress snow laden branches to bury a bully up to his neck in snow. This adds a much needed light touch to what can actually become a seriously addictive game that has something for every difficulty level, and should you wish to then you can spend hours trying to reach higher scores and unlock everything on each stage.

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      19.08.2003 00:58

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      Hawks is back - Advantages: great fun on 2 player, park editor, good soundtrack - Disadvantages: single player can get boring

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      29.11.2002 18:37
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      The Tony Hawks games have always been a well known and well recognised bunch of titles. The Original THPS started off what has become a big batch of shall we say extreme sports games. There where others before it, not very good ones but Tony Hawks started it all and spawned quite alot of numorous titles. Its a great one player game and also a fantastic 2 player game. Tony seems to get better every time he comes around, bringing more moves, more combo's more complex skating environments and so on. With this installment its stick to the pattern, same game, but its far better the THPS2. At first for the PS2 it seems a bit to fast compared to the other ones and it makes it harder for me and most of my mates anyway this is what they thought. But you get used to it and you'll then start to think that its actually not that fast at all, when really it is. This game is renowned for its sound track, with the like of 'The ace of spades' - Motorhead, 'Fight like a brave' - The Chili Peppers, and quite a few other heavy, skater type rock songs, with a few hip hops numbers the soundtrack is 'Awesome DUDE', this game has got me talking the lingo, OH NO. Obviously its a skateboarding game but with a difference, its the best skate boarding game ever, and it will probably stay that way for quite sometime. The reason why Tony Hawks Pro Skater is so popular is that you can look cool and not hurt yourself, you can do moves that even Tony couldn't do. You can do combinations of 20 - 251 tricks i think it is. And thats a hell of alot of tricks, hell 20 is alot of trick it take some skill to get bid combo's, and when you do, WOW the scores come reeling in. The best feature of Tony Hawks is the career mode, where you get your skater, wither one of the regular character, of which theres around 10 of them im not exactly sure, or you can create your own, give him goofy hair, stupid clothes, you miodel him or her h
      ow you want them then punish them in the half pipe LOL. You start off with one level and there is a goal list, with goals of the likes of grind this rail, collect 'SKATE' and so on. It envolves skating around the level, collecting stat points and other items, getting big scores and so forth. Once you have done a specific amount of goals the next level in unlocked and so forth. As you go throught the levels you collect stat points which make you skater even better then before, as the levels progress they get harder and bigger, with more complex parts but your skater is better. Once you complete all of the goals theres still that pesky last stat point to get which you will be trying to get for quite some time then it hits you and they way to get it is quite simple. When you also do all the goals you are rewarded with a nice video of either the pro skater who you where, or some nice 'bails' tricks gone bad. And these videos can be quite gringing, nuts hitting rails, faces smashing of the floor and so on they are quite entertaining. There loads of videos on show, one for each skater and then the few vextra's incase you do career with a created character or one of the special characters. The levels in THPS3 are great they vary from a iron foundary to a cruise ship, there a neon lights tokyo level with big loops, theres aairport level, and a few more greatly designed level to wet your skating taste buds. There also secret characters, including the like of, the regular 'Officer Dick' a tubby skating copper, X-Men's 'Wolverine', 'Darth Maul' who skates around on a hover board with his light saber out, 'Kelly Slater' one of the best surfboarders in the world and he skats on his surf board. There 'Ollie the Magic Bum' who was a alcho tramp feature in a level in THPS2. Theres also the Neversoft eyeball, who is enlodged within a dummy's body, its quite fun skating around with a dummy
      that has a huge eyeball for a head. There a few other characters to unlock but you'll have to discover them yourself. The vairety of stuff to unlock has always made THPS a great series of game, this title number 3 is only £20 for the PS2 plus its the best version if you don't include the latest one THPS4 which is either out now or very soon. This is a game were you will be pushing yourself to unlock every last bit, as you wanna get the big socre amnd you want your characters to have full stats. Plus also this is a great feature that was in THPS2 and is also in thsi one, the 'Park Editor', yep you can creat your own skate park, with infinite grinding loops, so that you can score millions in one trick, or you can make a simple fun low scoring park with a few good half pipes and a few nice grinds. But there also pre made levels that you can load in then edit or use. Some of these pre made ones are a bit too weird and congested so i suggest loading one in, editing playing it, and then using some ideas from that one and the other pre made parks to then go and create your own master piece. I haven;t mentions anything about the game really in terms of tricks and so on, the game is easy enought to play, you have a button to jump, grindd, grab and flip. Grind move involve skating along a rail type object, grab and flip moves are move for doing in the air, where the skater will wither flip the board, or grab onto it. You press a trick button along with a direction and that perfroms specific trick depending on the skaters trick set. There is then special move which rake in the points of which there are special grinds, grab and flip tricks. Theres also manuals, which is a move that is performed when skating along, these are used to link tircks to create a huge combo, to reel in the points. There are special manuals some of which are quite stupid but funny. Most of the special moves have enver been performed in real life, some o
      f them are stupid bu t they look good, special note towards Jackass' Bam Magera's specila move 'The Jackass' where he smacks himself in the face with his board STUPID LOL. On THPS2 you could only manual after a grind move of a jump, you couldn't go on a half pipe then continue your combo, well omn this one you can, you can do a combo of tircks off any piece of skating scenery. This is thanx to the revert, with a simple tap of R2 when you land off a half pipe the skater flips the board round then you go quickly into a manual and your fof to get some points. With this game you skill really does show and when your are pullimng out huge specials in the middle of your combo's you mates will be loving it, thinking WOAH look at that move. This is a great game with a good lifespan that is certainly worth £20. You don't have to be a skate boarding fan to like this game, as tis fun and exciting to play. Plus oh yeah its online compatible is you have a USB modem, sorry about forgetting that :-).

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        16.06.2002 02:44
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        INFO Developed by: Neversoft Genre: Action or Sport Number of Players: 1-4 Ideal for: Teenagers (or skating fans in general) To use the game you’d ideally need: · dual shock controller · 8mb memory card I know this game is a bit ‘boyish’ as my mum would put it but there we go! I’m afraid I haven’t played this games predecessors so I can’t compare this to those. So for the sake of those of you who haven’t heard, played or come across this game, or you haven’t guessed by now, you choose a skateboarder and perform various tricks, score points and collect hidden items throughout the courses (skate parks) in the game. I assume its predecessors worked along the same line of things, in which case those of you who have already played 1 and 2 can skip this bit if you like! Its pretty much a platform style game with the added bonus that it’s a skateboarding game (pretty obvious I know). You are supposed to acquire gold medals in competitions and generally doing as well as possible in everything that you do. It might all sound a bit boring, what with just skating up and down a few ramps. It does however add another dimension by including objective tasks to the game play. For example you have tasks to do in certain states (an example is in Canada you have to device a method to prevent someone throwing snowballs at the local teenagers). As far as I am aware, in previous games you had to earn cash rewards to buy new gear, if I am wrong please correct me on this point. Well with Tony Hawks Pro Skater 3 (from here on in known as THPS3 because typing it all out is going to give me RSI!) you have to find new boards within each level. WHO’S WHO? You can choose from 13 different skaters in this game. They are: · Tony Hawk · Steve Caballero · Kareem Campbell · Rune Glifberg
        · Eric Koston · Buck Lasek · Rodney Mullen · Chad Muska · Andrew Reynolds · Geoff Rowley · Elissa Steamer · Jamie Thomas · Bam Margera There are also supposed to be hidden characters if you score well (so far I’ve not come across any though!) LEVELS THPS3 features a wide variety of new level designs. I’m not going to go into all the levels. Why? Well: (a) I’ve not done much of the game yet (b) It’d bore you all to death! Some of them include: · Los Angeles · Airport · Skater Island · Canada · Tokyo If you aren’t happy with those though you can actually make your own! You can use the ‘Park Editor’ to create your own skate park. It seems a bit like that Themepark game this bit (although I’ve never played that myself!) You can choose what things you want in your park, including rails, half pipes, etc). Not only can you create a new park you can also create a new skater. You get to choose what they look like, what they wear, what hairstyle they’ll have, etc. This sort of thing just adds to the fun factor I think. POINTS Obviously the better you do the more you can get out of the game (including those hidden characters that I’ve yet to find!). You get points for all the tricks you do but to boost your score you should take advantage of the ‘revert’ function, this allows you to link all your moves together to gain you extra credit. There is also a ‘lip meter’ (a lip in skater terms is a trick, that’s all you need to know really!). The lip meter allows you to collect large amounts of points depending on how long you can hold the move for. To gain extra, extra credit you could use the ‘revert’ function mentioned a minute ago with the lip trick. GRAPHICS Well this is a PS2 game I’m reviewin
        g so it really should be nothing but excellent. As you can see from the screenshots, the graphics in general are great, everything flows smoothly and looks realistic. The courses found in the game are all very realistic. SOUND Everything sound realistic, the sound flows with the courses (i.e. the surfaces sound real, whether you be skating on wood, marble, concrete, etc). Even falling over sounds realistic (and down right painful!). Of course you get music too, this is all pretty good, after a couple of hours though it can get a little annoying). SARAH’S RATINGS Graphics: 9/10 Sound: 8/10 Control: 9/10 Gameplay: 10/10 Total: 36/40 = 90% = not bad at all! WANT YOUR OWN COPY? Well you can buy this game from most places now, prices are on average £25. You can buy direct from Amazon.co.uk here: PS2 copy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005N5F2/qid=1024165242/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2 _3_1/026-7322548-6070859 at £24.99 PS copy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005N5F2/qid=1024165242/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2 _3_1/026-7322548-6070859 again for £24.99 (This game is also available for Game Boy Advanced, GameCube and for the PC). LINKS: http://www.activisiono2.com/tony_hawk/main.asp http://www.gamefaqs.com/portable/gbadvance/game/12871.html (trick guide, walkthrough’s and an FAQ section)

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          14.06.2002 20:09

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          I’ve watched the extreme sport channel on sky! No one ever does that stuff! A still ps2 game is something I know about, I am married to that machine! And from now on fewer exclamation points are in order. Tony hawks 3 is entertainment at is sheer ‘wasting time’ best, built for sitting in a bedroom cutting moves over and over so you can pull off your best trick and make all your friends go “oooh” That said it’s fast, quirky, more challenging than 1 and 2 and it’s got enough staying power to make it worth its price. Which is a rare advantage in the ps2 gaming world. It really is a must own, the x-box have brought it out and it is now available on the ps1 (also on pc but it just isn’t worth the disc it’s burned on) and that says something about it’s popularity. It’s sleek, there are more moves added, you can now be a girl in create-a-skater and the levels are bigger and badder than ever before. I’d say this game is a safe bet for any gamer, whether you are in to sports games or not as the humour out shines the content occasionally. A great first game for any new ps2 owner as well. One for the collection, without a doubt.

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          05.06.2002 21:20
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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. There are a number of changes to the third game in the series but not too many that it spoils the old magic. As in the previous 2, each level in Career Mode has goals to complete to allow progression to the next. However, this time round the challenges can be slightly different depending on which skater you play as. In addition to the challenges being different, the icons to collect (such as SKATE and stat points) are also in different places for different skaters. There's also the possibility to play online which so far no other PS2 game has. To do this you may need additional hardware (either an Ethernet adaptor or modem as well as Internet access) which is a bit of a downside at the moment. However, I think that this will become a more common feature on PS2 games in the near future. If you can't play online you can still play one of 6 multiplayer games such as "trick attack" which is an all out competition to get more points within the time limit than your opponent, or "king of the hill" where the winner is the first player to hold on to the crown for the time limit. For people new to Tony Hawks, there is a very helpful Tutorial, hosted by the man himself, which runs through all the moves of the game from the basics of how to move your skater to how to link tricks together to pull off the biggest and best moves. 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 BMX appealled, this game is definitely for you!

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            18.05.2002 00:10
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            If you are reading this review you are probably one of two kinds of people.1) thinking about purchasing the game or 2) just reassuring yourself that your not the only person that thinks this is one of the greatest computer games ever made. If you fall into the last category then read no further because you’re right. For all those who fall into the first, read on: I had played and completed the original two Tony Hawks games for the PS1 to such an extent that I had blisters under my thumbnails for weeks. I did not possibly believe that Tony Hawks 2 could be beaten by any game..and then comes along the PS2 and Tony Hawks Pro skater 3. To start off with I will mention all the negative points about this game so I can get on with trying to convey all of the good ones. Well that’s that done, here are some of the good points that should convince you to get this game. The controls are simple and easy to personally calibrate to suit your own style of playing. The graphics are stunning and glitch-less. The game is massive and takes ages to complete fully, so you get real value for money. Spectacular bone crunching sound effects leave you reeling in virtual agony after every bail. You get rewarded with videos, hidden levels, special moves and new characters every time you complete the game with a different character. The music is fantastic, with artists such as Motorhead and Alien Ant Farm providing the soundtrack. There are several different one and two player game modes to thrash your mates at. Et e.t.c I could prattle on for ages singing the praises and merits of this game but that would be wasting my time and yours. Get to the shops now! and purchase this game. I’m going to play some more.

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              ** INTRODUCTION ** Well I'm sure most of you guessed already that this is the third in the series of Tony Hawk games that have appeared across many platforms. Now the game has made it to the next gen console and the improvements are huge. Being such a busy man I don't really get much time to play in depth story led games so most the ones I actually do buy are of the quick fix type. THPS 3 is in a way just right, it's challenging and has plenty to do but even though the longevity is very high it can be played in short bursts. ** GAMEPLAY ** You get the choice of four main modes of play to begin with. Firstly the all important career mode, this allows you to choose and hopefully upgrade your skater as you make your way through levels and competitions gathering stat points and other extras along the way. Next up is the single session option that lets you and your chosen skater try and set a high score on one of the levels within time restrictions. Main mode number three is the free skate option where you can explore a level to your hearts content looking for secrets areas and trick opportunities. Now you will find the multiplayer option so you and your friends can have some "friendly" competition. There are some great games that will have you frantically tapping buttons to try and beat your opponent. One of my favourites is the horse game where each player gets a time limit to try and pull off a high scoring trick then the next player takes his / her turn to try and beat it until someone fails and gains a letter. My other favourite multiplayer game is trick attack where you play together trying to get the highest trick on different sections of a particular level, the one that scores highest and tags the most sections wins the game. There is also a network option that requires some kind of special modem that works through your Pc or something. As I haven't spent out for one of these I don&#
              39;t know anything about the network play except that it's amazing they have included one. If you want to fiddle then you can create your own skaters and skate parks to put them in and even get new clothes for the real skaters. There is so much to customise in this game and so many things to collect that it will take you ages to do everything. It's all very easy to handle and adds to the game. Anyone that has played previous version will feel comfortable with the controls because they are similar and very intuitive. The learning curve is just right because it's easy to get into and once you start getting good you can keep improving for ages finding new combos. There is a new skill that needs mastering now though, the revert. This allows you to string together manuals and grinds with a half pipe trick and keep the combo going for some serious multipliers. All you have to do is tap R2 or L2 just before landing in a half pipe you can then pull a manual and connect loads of trick together. When your manualing it's also possible to pull some flatland tricks. Something I did notice is that the game is a lot smoother than before and seems to have been speeded up a little. With the power of PS2 the levels are now huge and have many more interesting interactive parts to them. As you explore you also have to collect many things to complete the objectives and move onto the next area. For example on one level you have to stop the criminal by making a car fall blocking it's route. Compared to previous versions I found the level much better and they look outstanding. There are plenty of real life skater to choose from all with their own styles and signature tricks and moves. If you actually follow the real world of skating I'm sure they would even look familiar in game. You can even be Bam Margera from Jackass and he does his special move, The Jackass! When you complete the game you will unlock more special characters, n
              ot real life skaters though. ** GRAPHICS ** Everything moves smoothly and looks stunning. The huge levels are just amazing and the amount going on and attention to detail is utterly jaw dropping. All the animations have been improved a lot and it's instantly noticeable. I don't think there are many games out that look so solid, smooth and detailed as this. When your skater falls there are even some bloody patches left behind as well. ** SOUND ** As with all THPS the soundtrack is very important and matches the games audience very well. There are many great sound effects along the way whilst the licensed tracks play in the background. Of course if the heavy rock type music isn't your choice of tune then you are out of luck. ** FINAL VERDICT ** There isn't much you can fault this game on. There is so much to find and unlock that it's going to last for ages and the multiplayer options improve this even more. The value for money is incredible it really is a must own games. It's got a very finely tuned learning curve and even though some objectives are difficult this is suitable for most ages that can actually turn their PS2 on and load the game. Even for people like me that don't actually skate this game will appeal to you purely because it's one of the best game available.

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                Tony hawks pro skater games......such memorys, and here comes the third in the series looking bigger and better than ever before! Thps3 will simply blow you away- the geaphics have been totally revamped for the next-gen consoles, if you've played a thps3 game then the graphics on this will blow you away. then comes the new features- the new moves such as the 'revert' (where u come down a vert ramp, rotate 180')means you can link vert, grind and flatland tricks into one combo! and then there is the NEW flatland tricks, all sorts are included and all are unbelivebly well animated! The new animations in the game also are stunning- rather than always going head over heals the skater will some times land feet first next to the board and just flip the board back over with his foot...a brilliant touch of realism! But the most addictive section in this game (in my opinion) is the create a skater, there are so many possiblitys that you can create some completly wacky charaters, as well as the new feature of female skaters in it..... I've had a hard time coming up with negatives to this game and the only ones i could come up with are very weak reasons, such as-the game can become slightly inoying when you get to a difficult section and it could end with a broken controller! Also for the veteran tony hawkster you might find the control's feel a bit odd, they tweaked the control engine again and it can feel a bit odd when you start, but i assure you- when you get used to it, it proves to work well! this is one of my essential games.....i just can't wait till thps4!!!!!

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                  All full of eager awaitening was I for this title. Full of expectatoration (I know thats not a word). Full of happy glee at the idea of being able to get my thumbs behind another Tony Hawks Pro Skater [THPS] game. I'd played the first two (on the PS1) with something akin to a feverish addiction. My wife and I played THPS1 up until about 2 hours before we had to catch a 5am flight to Tenerife. Infact we also played the second one right up until we were due to leave on another holiday. But somehow THPS3 never captured that fever. (Perhaps because I never had a holiday lined up!) If you haven't played any of the Tony Hawk series the premise of the game is simple. Begin with a set of characters who are all relatively well known in the skateboarding circuit. Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero, Bucky Lasek to name but a few. Or alternatively create your own skater from a quite massive set of clothing from the normal urban flak to the absolutely zany. Different skaters have different skills that I guess must relate to their real life abilities, and with these skills you have to skate. Skate through different venues attempting to collect the predefined objectives set at the begining of each level. The collection of said objectives will aid you in unlocking further objectives, and ultimately hidden areas, and most importantly the skaters videos. In retrospect I think one of the things that kept me playing the first two was seeing the skaters videos at the end. That and the fact that the games were fresh, innovative and well lets face it original. Now in its 3rd installment while THPS3 uses its new medium very well is hardly a new idea. So it does do something good then? I hear you ask. Well yes it does. It didn't excite me but in keeping with the others its still fun. The levels are big. Some of them bigger than others, though I have to say I still felt THPS2 was bigger. But one thing you can certainly say is that its
                  smoother in the grafix front. Arenas and venues look beautiful, from Canada to Airports. When you add the cars, and people who also look reasonably realistic you do feel fairly immersed. One of my gripes though was what seemed to be a reduction of air. The essential part of the original two was managing to get a massive ramp trick. The 3rd relies on grind combos to really ramp up the points. This wasn't really good for me. The 3rd game has become much harder, with air tricks more difficult to land and grinds more difficult to balance even when you've maxed your skills. The levels and objectives are also really quite difficult in places, but resist the urge to cheat at all costs, this really will reduce your fun. Most of the levels come with a little story behind them. Theres a bully who must get his come-up-ance. Theres a man who can't get into his home. Each of these adds a little story to the game. The sounds as usual are excellent. With some great tracks from US' leading rockers and including some street sounds. Although of course one has to mention Motorheads "Ace Of Spades", which could have been made for the game. One of the special moments for me though was completing the game and opening up the old area51 level. I can't remember which THPS game this was from (1 or 2?), but it was nice to see it again. Digitally remastered. I suppose this is a good game. But it was definately just the same old same old with new graphical bells provided by a shiney new PS2. I got bored of it rather quick as it wasn't anything new. Graphics - 9 Playability - 7 Sound - 9 Originality - 5 Overall - 7

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                    Tony Hawk's 3 is not the best game on the Playstation 2 for the simple reason it does not last. I had it for a week and I found out it was getting slightly boring. Doing the same tricks and moves over and over again. Don't get me wrong it is a fantastic game, special graphics and game play combine for a distinctive experience that can only be produced by Never Soft in this genre. I did enjoy the game thoroughly for the first few days, but then it became a chore to complete all the tasks. The depth the game goes into in terms of characters, clothing, boards, statistics, cheats is very good indeed, with humorous characters to be unlocked such as Darth Maul, However this becomes irrelevant once you know the levels, there is not much else to, except maybe try and pull of one massive move in the time allocated without falling over, which I maintain can only be done with the perfect balance cheat. After a couple of weeks the game had found its way to the bottom of my games pile, below H3O surfing, which was given a 1/10 rating by some magazines. One reason for turning on the game again would be to listen to the music, which is expectedly good, if you have purchased previous versions of the game, you will know what to expect. Before playing THPS I did not really like rock music, but the music really went with the style of the game, and made the music that was once a ‘no go area’ quite good listening. The characters in the game are expanded, with better detail as expected when brought to the PS2, the create a skater option also is better, but not a lot better. To conclude Tony Hawks Pro Skater 3 is not the greatest game on this planet, but it sure does give you a good ride, I suppose I would have given this game a five star, and taken away the playability moan if I had seen myself the online option come to fruition. As it goes I haven’t invested in a USB modem, and I don’t thing a large percentage of the general public will have done
                    just yet. The chance to thrash the Yankees at their own sport sounds too good to be true. I suggest you borrow Tony Hawks for a couple of weeks and then give it back once you have exceeded its playability. The playstation 2’s greatest game, for a while.

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                      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). This game packs some new features that make it a must have for every PS2 owner, posers and diehard skaters alike. There is always a critical question that must be addressed when creating a sequel to an already awesome game. That is, what should be changed or added to make the new release different from the last? If too much is changed in the game, many fans may be lost and conversely, if not enough is changed gamers won't be able justify the purchase. As we'd expect, such questions were all answered appropriately and the result is a game that's as close to perfection as we've seen. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 doesn't only look better; it also offers more realistic and fluid game play, along with a currently unequaled multiplayer mode that will keep gamers coming back for more. A significant addition in this third series release is a simple trick called the revert, which is simply a 180 degree slide on the ground. Just as the manual, introduced in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, allowed multiple tricks to be connected together for huge combos, the revert takes this concept one step further. The problem was that if a player caught air on any sort of vert ramp (quarter/half-pipe) there was no way to work this into a combo because it wasn't possible to manual when landing back on the ramp. With the addition of the revert skaters can work vert ramps into combos by reverting upon landing and going immediately to a man
                      ual. As a result, trick combos can be more diversified and longer, yielding huge multipliers and big points. The controls in the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series have always been superior to those in other similar games. This is because they are easy to learn and at the same time very effective during game play. The trend has continued in this release with the addition of a few new features. Now, for example, in order to do a double kickflip you can simply hold press the d-pad or analog still in the left direction, hold it, and then press square twice. Also, the right analog stick can now be used to change the camera angle, which can then be locked into any position desired. Just as in the previous two games in the THPS series, this release is based on a single-player career mode. In this mode players complete various challenges, such as getting a high score, collecting SKATE (letters placed around the level), finding the secret tape, etc, in order to open up new levels. In addition to these classic challenges are new interactive challenges, such as blocking a high-speed chase in downtown Los Angeles, bringing tickets to a friend at the airport and burying a bully in the snow. These new challenges are more dynamic in nature and this adds significant entertainment value to the game. There are also three competitions in which medals must be earned by impressing the judges. Just as before, each time the game is completed, new videos are opened up (depending on which skater you use). Additionally, new levels, skaters, and cheats can be opened up if you complete all necessary goals. Depending on which skater is used to in career mode, the challenges differ and this makes replaying the game more interesting. Therefore, this game offers quite a few hours of game play if you're interested in seeing all the features contained on the disc. Other single-player game modes include single session and free skate, which allow new level records
                      to be set and for players to work on their skills in a low pressure environment, respectively. Additionally, a much needed tutorial mode has been added to help newcomers get a feel for the game. The top dog himself (Tony Hawk) narrates these tutorials which range from demonstrating the basics of wall riding to introducing skaters to the new revert feature. Another new aspect that helps less experienced players complete the game are level challenge videos that show the location of the various challenges in each level so less searching is involved. Gamers can choose from 13 pro skaters, who are all found in the second release except Bam Margera (a star of MTV's Jackass) who has replaced Bob Burnquist in the game. The create-a-skater option can also be used to make a customized player if none of the pros appeal to the user. Through this interface just about every aspect of the skater can be changed, such as: skating style (vert/street), stance, height, weight, skin tone, facial hair, clothing, tattoos, and much more. The choices for each category have been increased in this release so no one will have a problem finding something they like. Eight new high-quality levels have been included and are as follows: Foundry, Canada, Rio (contest), Suburbia, Airport, Skater's island (contest 2), Los Angeles, Tokyo (contest 3). All levels offer a heightened sense of interactivity because the various bystanders shout out phrases when you skate near them. Be careful though, as some of them can be quite hostile and they'll pummel you to the ground if you run into them (especially the cops/security guards!). Some of these levels are significantly larger than those found in THPS2, but they don't compare to the immense levels found in Dave Mirra's Freestyle BMX 2. In a way this is a good thing though because such large levels cause a great deal of frame-rate slowdowns and quality loss. Resultantly, the levels in THPS3 are extremely deta
                      iled and object/environmental clipping is never an issue. The park editor is still available to use for those who get bored with the regular levels (including those that are hidden) too quickly. While single-player mode is fun (and necessary to get a feel for the game), the major highlight of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 is unquestionably the multiplayer mode in which gamers can test their skills in head-to-head game play. Therefore, it is appropriate that it is the first PS2 game capable of multiplayer gaming via the internet or a LAN (up to 4 players). Unfortunately, the PS2 network adapter/modem isn't available to purchase just yet, but for those too anxious to wait for it, a compatible USB network adapter/modem can also be used to compete against others all over the world (or within your own private network). The "trick attack" mode allows skaters to see who can earn the most points within a given time period, while "graffiti" lets players tag objects by busting the biggest tricks on them. "King of the hill" is a variation of the previous version's "tag" in which a player must hold the crown until time runs out to win. "Slap" is a new addition to the series and the object is to knock the most players down (by going faster than them). All of these multiplayer modes are available online along with "free skate," but the classic "horse" is not currently supported by network play. The GameSpy engine heads the online mode, but individual users act as the game servers, which others can connect to depending on their relative geographic location (ping time). Network setup is very straightforward and there are detailed instructions to get gamers up and running. If a USB keyboard is plugged into the PS2 players can interact with each other to brag about their awesome skills, but those who do, better be prepared to prove their claims. As well as this game plays, it'
                      s hard to believe that it looks equally impressive, but it definitely does. The environments are extremely realistic overall and all textures are smooth and detailed, even when viewed up close. There are no major aliasing problems such as found in the last release and frame-rates are blistering fast. I only stumbled upon one clipping problem when playing the game, and most likely I'll probably never experience it again. The environmental effects are beautifully presented, including an amazingly reflective (waxed) floor in the airport level that will take your breath away. Player animations are more accurate than in THPS2, including bails, which now vary considerably depending on how awkward the skater lands. Sometimes the board just flips over on the ground and slides, while other times a cracking noise can be heard and the player will fall to the ground (ouch). Occasionally the players will bleed if they fall hard and while it's a little dramatic, it definitely looks as painful as it was intended to. The players are less stiff in THPS3 and their bodies now move more appropriately when performing tricks. No grainy videos can be found in this game, as the quality of the videos has also significantly increased. This is due to the greater processing power of the PS2 and also the high-capacity DVD disc format. The sound effects are as realistic as they come in all respects. As skaters roll over different surfaces, whether it is a sidewalk or a wooden fun box, the appropriate sound is heard. When skaters bail, the degree of the fall determines the sound used and the bone cracking will surely make anyone cringe. Pedestrians in the game also speak distinctly different depending on where in the world the level is based in. The most entertaining of these accents can be heard in the Canada level, where the locals often say "eh," as a stereotypical Canadian should in the minds of most Americans. To compliment these well done sound ef
                      fects is a soundtrack that also packs some major punch. It contains something for just about every taste, including: Alien Ant Farm, House of Pain, Redman, The Ramones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, KRS-One, Motorhead, and more. The playlist can also be edited to customize which of these bands are heard while skating because well, some songs can get real annoying real quick. Built on the premise of an already classic game series, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 is packed with new features that warrant it a must buy for all PS2 owners. Even those who have only a remote interest in skateboarding will find this game enjoyable, especially with the newly added tutorial mode and the challenge videos. The THPS veterans will undoubtedly appreciate the addition of the revert trick and most importantly, the ability to play against others online to truly test their skills. This game is an instant classic and now the only question becomes, "how will the next release in the series be enhanced to keep gamers interested?" Only time will tell, but we'll definitely be waiting in anticipation... This game is rated "T" for teen and it takes up 87KB on your PS2 memory card. ---------------------------------------------

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                        WOW!!! Probably the only word that is fit enough to describe such a great game. I have loved extreme sports since I first picked up a punk rock album at the age of about 9. I previously owned a PS1 on which I had two instalments of the Tony Hawk Series. I played the first and was immediatley hooked for about 2 months. I would come home from school and play for hours endlessly trying to get better and better trick combinations. This continued until I got wind of a second title being released. Great. It came. More Levels, More Players and a new create your own skater option. Again my playstation pad was in tators on my floor every night as I progressed through the game. One of the first games to be released on the PS2 was TH3. I knew that this was my calling to go out and buy a PS2 just as to play that game. So I did. I have to say the boys at neversoft have done themselves proud. Just when you thought an improvement on the second title was impossible they produce TH3. Again they insert more levels, more challenges, more skaters, more secret skaters, and they even managed to improve the create a skater feature. I began to play almost as soon as I got in from shopping and I was immediatley hooked. The game had so much depth and originality to it (unlike most sequels) that I found it hard to put the controller down. The new level creater lets the down however. The amount of extra levels made by the producer is phenominal but you are unable to create the same as the pallet to work on is so small, and with so many features the ratio is all wrong. The soundtrack to the game is superb. With songs by bands such as Alien Ant Farm you get the sense of a real punkish sport, then you mix in older songs such as Ace of Spades by Motorhead and Redmans hit Lets Get Dirty you get the occasional hardcore/rap style that really gets everyone jumping. TH3 is probably the best game out at the moment for the PS2. For a game that proc
                        edes two fine titles, I can't personally see how the Neversoft boys have managed to come up with such a deep and original game. Just one thing to take into consideration when you begin playing, even if you own the previous two titles, play the tutorial. IT HELPS!!!!!!

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                        Before the intervention of a little-known game developer called Neversoft, the words "Tony Hawk" and "video game" were far from synonymous with each other. However, two and a half years and several games later, the Tony Hawk series has done nothing short of completely rejuvenate the extreme sports game genre, broaden the general appeal of video games, provide a template for dozens of other extreme sports games, and bring a greater level of credibility to the sport of skateboarding. The latest game in the series proved that the Tony Hawk formula was still very viable and was widely lauded as one of the best games of 2001--high praise when compared with proven juggernauts such as Metal Gear Solid 2 and Final Fantasy X. Activision recently sent us a three-level build of the Xbox version of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, and we are pleased to say it is prospectively one of the best games of 2002 as well. The good old skate shop returns. The lifestyle appeal of the Tony Hawk series is an undeniable factor in the success of the series, but what has hooked hard-core gamers the world over is the game's impeccable gameplay. Though the game was originally designed for the PlayStation 2, Neversoft has done a fine job of adapting it to the admittedly different Xbox controller. The overall controls are identical, with the big difference being the use of the right shoulder button for both rotating your skater and performing the revert, an indispensable trick used to chain multiple vert tricks together. This change makes it necessary for players to time their reverts more precisely, as a poorly timed press of the shoulder button can turn your skater sideways to the right as he or she is about to hit the bottom of the ramp. The timing on performing tricks also appears to be just slightly different, though not enough to really cripple existing Tony Hawk players--and certainly not enough to have any effect on those new to the series. Tony Hawk vets should be right at home with the Xbox THPS3. While the gameplay has been altered slightly to accommodate the Xbox controller, the modes of play have remain unchanged and are as engaging as they have ever been. The career mode still charges players with skating through a variety of enormous levels, collecting secret tapes and letters to spell the word "skate," completing level-specific goals, and scoring points by doing tricks. There's the untimed free skate mode, which gives players a more relaxed environment to feel out the levels and the specific skills of different skaters. The two-player split-screen mode is also present, as are the different gameplay variants, such as king of the hill, trick attack, and the deathmatch-style Slap! mode. Microsoft's plans to roll out its official online support for the Xbox are still several months away, and as such, Neversoft will not be including the online play found in the PlayStation 2 version in this version. It will, however, feature a system link mode, enabling four-player action over two televisions and two Xboxes. Though the online play in the PS2 version of the game was used sparingly by players, it's unfortunate that this feature will be absent on a console with inherent online capabilities.

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