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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 (PS2)

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Published by: Activision / Sports / Rating: T - (Teen),up to 4 players / Release date: 2001-11-30

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      17.08.2009 19:34
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      Gaming at it's absolute best

      When people ask me what my favourite games of all time are, I mention Goldeneye, the original Perfect Dark, Streets of Rage II, James Pond 3 and then Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 (THPS3). The game I spent enough time on to totally ace (completed with every character, every stat point, every board and ever goal) and the highlight of the Tony Hawk series before it got a bit silly and seemed to drift about.

      The game takes it's name from the most famous of all Skateboarding legends Tony Hawk, the guy who did the first ever 900 in a competitive event and continues the series that started on the previous generation of consoles (THPS 1 and 2 were both on the PS1). Originally the games had relatively simple controls that allowed for a fun but difficult game, as they went on more movies were added which caused the difficulty not to change but the styles of game play to change significantly.
      In the second game "manuals" (skateboarding version of the wheelie) was added to allow combinations (or combos) to be much more complex than previous games. With THPS3 they added the revert which allowed yet more complex combinations to be used in the game. A revert is a way of landing in the game and going pretty much into another manual by the way.
      In the newer games the player has been able to get off their board and ride cars, and bikes as the games designers almost left the skateboarding to be a secondary idea of the game that just whored out the Tony Hawk name.

      Having been a fan since the original game this was one of the 3 games I bought when I first got my console ( along with GTA3 and what ever that years WWF/WWE game was, that turned out to be totally dire sadly). And this quickly became the game to play, especially on multiplayer, though the single player game was still incredibly fun.

      Single player saw you taking a skateboarder (including Hawk, the grandfather of flat land board Rodney Mullen and Jackass' very own Bam Margera amongst others) across multiple levels and completing goals to advance to the next level. Goals were based on collecting items (Secret Tape, S-K-A-T-E, level specific items) getting a specified points score, or level specific goals (The earthquake in one level was a memorable one). Each level gave you 2 minutes at a time (as in the previous games) to try and complete as many goals as possible, then if you didn't complete enough you could try again (though the goals you did were still completed). Each level also had stat points on them to allow you to upgrade your character. Also note there were some "competition" levels in which the player wasn't doing normal challenges but were in a skating competition where they had to earn a medal to progress to the next level.

      The method behind the game was simple, the controls were logical with the left stick or the D-pad were to control movement, the bottom face button jumped (or Ollied) the top face button did the grinds and the buttons on the left and right did flips and grabs. The shoulder buttons were used to revert and to turn in the air and as a result the game's play ability was the same as it had been (with the added revert) as the other games.

      When the player completed all the levels with their character they would unlock that real life skaters video that showed them talking and doing tricks. As well as bail videos (people falling off the boards) being available, which was a nice reward for completing the game, especially Bams which speaks about his CKY videos in a round about way. Other rewards for completion were secret characters (including Darth Maul and Wolverine) and a secret level.

      Multiplayer however was a whole new kettle of fish, the multiplayer mode on the previous games was excellent however this was better. Now only was it one of (if not the) first PS2 games to be playable online, it had so many options and such great levels that as a multiplayer game it was addictive, fun and a joy to play. The modes from trick attack (most points wins) to Horse (take it in turns to make a combo, beat the previous score or you get given a letter), Combo Attack and Capture the flag, the game was full of fun. Horse was personally a favourite and a way of calling my sister al sorts of names (she wasn't particularly good at the game).

      Additionally the levels were one of the biggest differences between this and the previous games. In the earlier games the levels were quite small and compact on the whole, but with THPS3 some of the levels were sprawling mammoths to explore. Airport for example was a full airport with loads of things to do and find that that made it one of the classic THPS levels, with some perfect lines (routes) to skate from one end of the level to the other tricking on items the whole way. Tokoyo was also a mammoth when the player found the secret area on the level that seemed to double it's size.

      The music, which has often been brilliant in Tony Hawk games was stepped up once more with world wide known bands like Red Hot Chilli Peppers (Fight Like a Brave), Motorhead (Ace of spades), The Ramones (Blitzkrieg Bop), Alien Ant Farm (Wish) as well as the lesser known bands like CKY (the excellent "96 Quite Bitter Beings") and Bodyjar (Not the Same). The music suited the game just as well as the levels did.

      At the time the game was neigh on perfect, despite the fact it has now aged significantly it's still one of, if not the best Tony Hawk game still it was the series peak and the rest seemed to have been inferior to a game that blessed us with skating perfect. Yes the graphics don't look as good as they could, yes the levels are bigger in the newer games and yes there's more to do in the newer games but they just don't quite feel as good. For those willing to look past the aesthetics and spend a few quid (literally about £4) on a great game, this should be the top of your list if you don't already have it.

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        17.08.2009 16:44
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        A great game that is ideal for Tony Hawk's fans!

        Having been a fan of all of the Tony Hawk's games for many years now, I thought that it was definately time to get Tony Hawk's pro Skater 3 after enjoying the original 1 and 2 Tony Hawk's as much as I did. Rather like the original Tony Hawk's games the gameplay is very similar with regard to the missions. For example, the different goals such as 'get 100,000 points and collect the letters S,K,A,T,E in one minute are still there. I found it to be really enjoyable to play because of the new maps that were vailable to play on. There really are some very well thought out maps that are just ideal for showing off your tricks!

        I think this game is great for any Tony Hawk's fans, I found most importantly that the graphics really had been improved. Now it looks far better to play on and it really does enrich the entire experience. There is a good range of character sto choose from including Tony Hawks, Bucky Laslek amongst many others. The soundtrack is also as good as ever and really does make you want to play for even longer! I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading this!

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          25.06.2009 18:21

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          Fun and competent skating game.

          Picking up where the second game in the series left off, this hugely enjoyable sakteboarding game takes everything the earlier games did right and makes them even better.

          As well as Mr. Hawk himself, the game features a range of playable real life professional skateboarders, including Eric Koston, Geoff Rowley, Bob Burquist and Chad Muska to name but a few. There is also a create a skater mode, as well as a create a skatepark mode which ensures variety for many sessions to come.

          Following on from the addition of the manual to the series in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, this game features a new move called the revert. This essentially enables the player to link together strings of flatland and vert tricks to create even longer and crazier combos.

          The game is lengthy enough in the single player mode, after which the multiplayer options ensure that you won't grow bored of the game too soon.

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          13.05.2009 13:51

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          add it to your collection

          The third game in the skater series.

          Improving on previous versions of the game the third in the series has more missions, tricks, specials and skaters.

          The graphics have been improved slightly but what is more important is the gameplay. The gameplay is even more addictive than in previous versions of the game with many new tricks to learn and the ability to gain massive points.

          You must improve your skaters abilities by completing missions in the game. With your improved abilities you will be able to perform better tricks and combos allowing you to get higher scores and complete more missions.

          You can assign special tricks to your skater that earn you big points. You will visit many different destinations in the game each with many different objects on which to perform stunts.

          There are quite a few different game modes you can play but the best mode is definately the two player mode. There are a few different modes you can play in this too. Such as king of the hill and head to head on points.

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          30.10.2006 14:41
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          Keeps getting better

          Experience the immense thrills and breathtaking stunt bravery without ever bailing out or causing yourself injury!

          The Tony Hawk's series just gets better and better - soundtrack, tricks and playibility are the names of this game.

          Though some may find the game and genre repetitive, a true fan will just be pleased for some more action.

          So helmet up and put your knee pads on, because this will be a crazy journey through environments and possibilities

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            17.03.2004 02:52
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            The third game in the multi million selling series by the Legend ?Tony Hawk?. It outdoes its predecessors in every way imaginable. The graphics are greatly improved, the game play is a lot smoother and more advanced and the overall addiction factor is a lot higher. What the game is about As in the first two Tony Hawks games, you skate about on set levels completing challenges in the 2 minute time limit. The challenges range from getting a high score to collecting icons about the arena to unlocking different parts of the level. As always, there is the secret tape to collect, but there is also a deck to collect. Collecting the deck icon unlocks a certain deck for the skater to use. The decks don?t perform any differently, but they allow you to customize the way that your skater looks. To improve your skater, you collect stat points. Each stat point that you collect allows you to increase a particular skill of the skater, which range from Ollie to air to rail and manual balance. Longlivety/ addictiveness The game has a lot of levels for you to skate in, and each level has 9 different challenges unique to that level. The challenges start off easy, like get 10,000 points, so that you can get used to the controls of the game and get used to the game play. The challenges get harder as you progress through the game up to ones that would challenge even a Tony Hawks veteran. These increasing levels of difficulty are good as they get harder at approximately the same rate that you get better, so no challenge will seem impossible, but they are always challenging. The deck collecting also adds some extra longlivety to the game as it is a good personal challenge to collect all of the decks for all of the characters. I can confidently say that this game will keep you occupied for weeks, even after you have completed the basic challenges. Graphics/Game play The graphics on Tony Hawks 3 are really good, impeccable almost. They h
            ave improved a lot since the first two games, and the game play is a lot smoother. The characters are a lot more recognizable as the skaters that they represent, and the moves/ tricks that they can do have been copied well. The tricks look a lot better and they seem to flow a lot more than its ancestors?. Value for Money At just £30, this game is one of the cheaper games, but you wouldn?t be able to tell that from the quality of the game. It is a first class game for the price of a second rate bargain basement reject. Sounds good to me. Snap this game up while you have the chance, it is selling out of the shops at an alarming rate. With so much game playing potential, it will keep you occupied and enthralled for hours upon end, and it still costs less than a new release, what more could you ask for?

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              09.12.2003 07:38
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              hello folks, This is an awesome game. It could beat the other two games that preceeded it hands down. The skaters included in the game are all well known including Tony Hawk (obviously), Bam Margera (Jackass Star) and Steve Caballero (the king of street skating). The gameplay itself is so addictive i think it should come with a hazard warning. The idea of the game is this. There are 15 or so pro skaters to choose from. Select a skater and then play through ten levels with him attaining all of the stat points and level goals as you go along. Once all of the stats and goals have been achieved you can move on to the next level and do the same again. Once all ten levels have been completed in this way then you can move on to the next skater and do the same again. Once you complete the ten levels with a skater then you have access to their video which shows real life skate footage of them at their very best.You then build up a huge gallery of videos of all of the skaters to watch and be amazed at. Once the game has been completed with all of the skaters you have access to the secret characters and levels. Play through with these unlocked characters and you will be rewarded once again with cheat codes. But the fun doesnt stop once you have done this ... you can make up your own skater and go through the levels with him/her and get even more secret stuff. Once ypou have completed each level with a pro skater you are rewarded with a brand new designed deck (skateboard) which further improves your skating performance for the next level. When you collect stat points you can assign them to certain parts of your skating to improve your skills like get a higher ollie or get more hang time in the air. Once the whole game has been cpompleted and you are starting to get bored riding around the same old places popping the same old tricks then you vcan go to the park editor and make and design your very own skate park fro
              m scratch. This feature is guaranteed to give you hours more fun creating and designing until your hearts content. Overall i would have to give this game and 5 out of 5 because of the excellent gameplay and the features it contains such as the park editor and the create a skater. You will never get bored with this game because theres always a new gap to jump or as new trick to pull off or a new area to explore. This gets a real thumbs up from me. Oh ... and by the way, I rented this game seven times before i finally decided to buy and i havent stopped playing on it since ... actually, i was playing on it right before i started to write this review...

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                14.11.2003 03:47
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                Tony Hawk is one of the most famous trick skaters in the world. His talents have led to a series of fantastic games, which have been released on all formats known to man(and possibly more than that!) The game is set in various parks, with a wide variety of tasks to perform in each. As you progress, so do your skills and your abilities. You can perform as Tony himself, or choose from a "dream team" of 12 other pro skaters. Each of these skaters have their own styles and tricks which help you complete the goals for each level. You can also customise your own skater and use him/her for these same levels. This is really fun as you can make them look alike to yourself, your friends, or just do what everybody else does and make them the most ridiculous looking skater on the face of the planet. There is a small tutorial which should be played if you are a novice at the THPS series. Play this until you master the basic trick controls (ie Ollie, Nollie, Wallrides and Manuals) ----Career Mode---- This is the best way to play Tony Hawk's on your first attempt. You need to score some points to start unlocking the various levels. When you begin a level you will be shown a selection of goals you need to achieve to complete the level. Don't worry, you don't need to complete them all to unlock the next level. Level 1 is the foundry. It is an easy level to get used to and allows you to find some of the tricks that you will need to familiarise yourself with so as to progress throughout the game. It is very daunting initially to imagine pulling off some of the joystick moves required for the "special" tricks, but once you have learnt a few you will be craving to learn more spectacular and intricate trick combinations. Practice really does make (semi)perfect. The goals you will encounter range from picking up a pro-score(each trick scores points), to soaking the foreman(for this you
                need to locate the foreman and grind the railing next to him, causing him to topple over into a vat of water) Level 2 is Canada. A larger skate park with snow, lots of ramps, and switches which alter the playing area. Level 3 is a contest in Rio. This is a small skate park where you have to impress the judges. It is around about now that you should be learning to link your tricks together using Manuals. These are tricks that are performed on the ground whilst travelling. Your balancing skills are required. Earn a Gold, Silver or Bronze award and the next level is opened for you. Level 4 is Suburbia. Dodge the ice-cream van(or try to grind it), enter the spooky house or pull a lip-trick on the side of the houses under construction. Level 5 is the airport. You begin at the check-in desk and can work your way down through passport control to the terminal. Level 6 is a contest at Skater Island. An indoor skating arena which opens out to a small island with a pirates ship if you activate the collapsing wall. Again, score Bronze, Silver or Gold to proceed to the next level. Level 7 is Los Angeles. With a major road bridge running right through this town, you need to cause an earthquake to open up the full potential of this level. Level 8 is another contest, this time in Tokyo. It all looks very futuristic, but there is still plenty to do. Completing this will open up the "secret level". The secret level is a cruise ship. You have to do some pretty spectacular stunts here as you go about impressing the bikini clad ladies, and releasing the life boats. Completion rewards you with movies about the real characters you've been pretending to be. ----Single Skate---- Once you've opened up the levels, you can use this to improve your high scores and set new records. You have 2 minutes, as you do in the career mode to pull off the most amazing stunts to set you up
                there with the legends. ----Free Skate---- Use this to learn levels, once they have been unlocked. This will give you as long as you like to find all the best trick-lines, all the obstacles and bring you up to speed for the real deal. ----Two Player---- This is when the game really comes alive. You play against a friend in split-screen action. There are various ways of playing two player. Graffiti. You can set a time limit and then your off. Compete against your opponent by using all the areas for tricking. Each time you complete a trick on an obstacle you will "tag" that obstacle. If your opponent does a higher scoring trick off the same obstacle, they will steal the "tag" from you. The player with the most tags wins. Trick Attack. See who can get the highest score over a set time. High score wins(obviously) Horse. My favourite. You takes it in turns to complete the best stunt from various set positions on each level. If you go first and score 100, your opponent must beat this score. If they fail to do so, they will be awarded with each letter of the word "horse" until they have spelt it out. When this happens the player who hasn't spelt "horse" is the winner. Slap!. When two skaters collide, the faster of the two knocks the other down. You need to get your "special meter" up by pulling tricks to increase your speed and slap your opponent down. Most knock-downs wins. King of the hill. A crown is placed somewhere in the playing area and you need to get it. Once you've got it, you slow down. The opponent must then find you and slap you down to steal the crown from you, which then slows them down. The player who has held the crown for the longest is the winner. Free skate. Similar to single free-skate, but with two players(surprisingly!) On top of all this
                , there is also an option for network play but as my ps2 doesn't have the capability just yet, I cannot comment on how well this works. ----Overall---- The THPS series is a real winner with all gaming fans and is not particularily a game just for skaters. It is very fast, and fun based. It is rewarding when you finally start to see your efforts come off and is really easy to get into. Although this is the 3rd game and there has been a newer release, and another one imminant, the gameplay in each is sufficient enough to merit owning the entire range. I would recommend this game to all people who think that it is probably a game they won't like, because it is a real grower. With a skatepark editor that I have never bothered with, you can create your own levels and skate them to hearts content. A brilliant soundtrack with tracks from Alien Ant Farm, Red Hot Chilis, and more give you a real skater boy sense of occasion. I bought my copy second hand not long after release for £16.99 but I believe that if you searched around you could possibly get it cheaper now.

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                Tony Hawk brings you into his world yet again with all-new features that'll have you high flying through Paris, Tokyo, L.A., Canada, and more. Perform hundreds of the raddest tricks and combos in 10 massive, obstacle-filled venues, complete with pedestrians who get in the way and cars that honk and slam on their brakes as you board past them.? ?Again, you can ride using the signature moves of Hawk or any of the 11 pro skaters featured in this release (including Bam Margera of MTV fame). Or you can use the enhanced create-a-skater editor to create customized female or kid skaters; you choose their hair, elbow pads, and even tattoos. A variety of modes let you stick lip tricks, combos, nollies, and manuals, as well as shred like there's no tomorrow. Make your goals and you'll unlock behind-the-scenes footage from the making of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3. Special effects include sparks, blood, real-time weather, and natural disasters. The game's expanded multiplayer modes, skate park editor, and all-new charact...