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I have been an avid fan of Tony Hawk games, since I was very young and I have therefore always been the first to purchase new copies of games, spending hours to then complete them. For the first time, I was playing this on xbox 360 rather than a Playstation 2, which is the only other console I've had for playing such games, and the main problem I had was the shift in controls.
While the basic controls are still the same with the game, for example, directional buttons with y, x, b and a, it was just a bit too much for my brain to handle to go to having to directional sticks in different places, that are also used in game play to "nail a trick" in which the player can go into slow motion and perform a trick just as they want to. If you have only played on an xbox 360, I can't see this being too much of a big deal, but if it's your first xbox 360 skating experience, you might struggle like me.
The level of difficulty of the game has once again, as in more recent Hawk games, become more accessible. Tasks can be completed to one of three levels, AM, Pro or Sick, which reward the player with points that improve their performance. This is great because it makes the game available to all players, and rewards some for their stronger areas, in my case grinding and manualling, and doesn't do so for others.
Before now, Tony Hawk's had largely been a case of completing goals in order to open up new levels, but as this appears to be based on a huge level combining various different urban landscapes, the focus is more towards improving skills and progressing in the "career", rather than going up levels. For some this may be a good way of playing, but I have found it to be quite irritating as there is little direction and focus, I much preferred the setup of Tony Hawk's four for example, where there were a lot of goals and it was compiled into a huge list that you could click on, and you would be transported to your goal location. Finding the goals on this game can be time consuming and irritating, although there is a nice directional arrow which will lead you if you so wish.
The sheer enormity of this game, and the new features, such as being able to boost yourself for speed mid manual, and naturally the excellent graphics, make this game a winner despite it's previously mentioned flaws. It has the classic charm of Tony Hawk games and you won't be disappointed if you aren't the Tony Hawk buff that I am. If you are a bit of an addict, you'll find that this is probably not as good as the previous games, but certainly better than the Project 8 rubbish that game out before!
The latest Tony Hawk's release from Activision required to have a lot of improvement from the earlier release of Project 8. In my honest opinion, I believe Activision managed it.
The graphics had been improved and is now more like a next-generation game. The gameplay and game physics had also been improved and is far superior than the earlier releases. I know that Activision had a long way to go to rebuild their series from the disappointments from Project 8, but I believe they improved this release in such a way that they succeeded in creating a far better game.
It was tough for Activision after the release of EA's Skate series, but in my opinion, this is a far better game than Skate, and is much easier to play without the flick sticks, like in Skate.
The online mode has also been improved drastically and the game is now more playable with new features and new touches.
Overall, this is still one of the best skateboarding games to have been released over the past 10 years.
The next installment of the Tony Hawks series finally arrived back in November 2007 and I have to say right now that I am not a fan.
The first games in this series were excellent, the game play was good and it was fun trying to complete all the objectives. Sadly the more recent games in the series have went way down hill. I think the problem is the creators, 'Neversoft', have moved away from the games roots. The objective in this game is to become a pro-skater and you have to choose the path you want to take ie, what kind of skater:
Career Skater - make a living from skateboarding
Rigger skater - make ramps and rails from the surrounding environment.
Hardcore Skater - skating for the love of the sport.
Because of this the gameplay has worsened and the enjoyability is greatly decreased.
The graphics in the first games were acceptable for the times, probably even better than most. but I don't think the current games graphics are particularly great.
I got bored of this game the first day I bought, after about 1 hour of trying to get used to the new gameplay and failing.
I don't recommend buying this game, especially if your a fan of the earlier games.
Neversoft, please return to the games roots.
I bought this game a while back. First thing to say is it's certainly not the best tony hawk game but it isn't the worst either. As far as gameplay goes you can have simply hours of just pure fun if your a skate fan or a skater yourself, it's not as realistic as ea's skate but to be honest if i want a realistic game, id rather just go outside and skate for real. The story-line is a bit weak after the first few hours of playing. Same kind of missions get repeated just different locations and people. As you'll probably know the game is supposed to be spilt into three different pathways career, hard-core and rigger but it's done stupidly as you can complete all missions of each type without picking any specific type of skater which ruins the storyline. The mechanics of the game are really cool and just like some of the old game you can either go 40 foot in the air or go into focus mode but now you can have grab, trick and manual focus and mix them all up together and rack up some extreme points. The graphics on xbox 360 are crisp and clean and adds a really nice effect since there's a huge wardrobe to dress your skate in cool threads. Having looked at the prices here on ciao i would definitely say it's worth the buy. The two-player mode is very fun and can keep you and your friends entertained for a couple of hours. Overall just another tony hawks game, don't play this for the storyline but very good and simple gameplay if your skater fan.
Tony Hawk's proving ground is the newest in the Hawk series and again has proven to be the best stakeboarding games alive. Unlike prevoiusly proving gorund offers a choice of career paths, you can chose to become a street staker, hardcore or career skater, the options create a much larger and richer gaming experience and really opens up the world of stakeboarding games. The graphics and sound quality have got even better from project 8 which alone was outstanding for even a xbox 360 game. Proving ground has a great soundtrack as usual, you will find yourself free roaming for hours whilst pleasurably listening to the vast selection of great tracks. The map size has also surprising increased allowing for even more variety in both missions and freeroam. Proving ground has adapted slightly the slow motion nail trick feature improving it a step further. This game is a great skateboarding game and a great xbox 360, an absolute must have in any 360 collection regardless of price.
before even start to go on about how i think this game i amazing and is the best skateboarding game ever then i just want to say that i never used to like skateboarding games until i went on this..
if you feel that you are not into this kind of game then i believe that this game will completely change you mind.
i found the graphics and sound effects outstanding.i thought that the best point to this game is the nail at trick,nail a manual and nail a grab.I like how you can pick what you want to do with your life on it you can either become a career skater, a street skater or a hardcore skater.There are lots of fun missions and lots of things to do,if you have x-box live then this is a massive bonus this game is so much more fun and better when you compete with other players online...lastly i would just like to say i love this game and i am sure you will too!
In the largest and deepest Tony Hawk game yet, gamers are now in total control of their skating destiny in Tony Hawk's Proving Ground. Set in the streets of Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., the title empowers players with the freedom to define their character, story and style based on the choices they make, the paths they select and the style of skating they want. The game delivers deeper customization than ever before, including a full-featured video editor to create epic skate videos and a completely customizable online Skate Lounge, where players can skate with friends in the ultimate pad. Gamers also have the freedom to skate from single player to online seamlessly. Tony Hawk's Proving Ground also features an arsenal of amazingly detailed Nail the Trick moves, and new gameplay mechanics like skateable terrain building and Bowl Carving to deliver the most personalized and immersive skating experience ever.