|PS2, GC, Xbox
| The Good
Trick system is well done
Both skater and park creation are deep and with a
lot of options.
| The Bad
Soundtrack may not be for everyone
Casual gamers may get frustrated by the competitions
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 Is the continuation in the
series of skater games that have set the benchmark for extreme
sports (skating, bmx) in the past few years. In this game,
you can choose to be either Tony Hawk, one of a few other
famous skaters (Jamie Thomas, Elissa Steamer, etc.) or a skater
of your own design as you perform on a series of skate parks.
Some parks require you to do various tricks or get a certain
trick score to move on, while others are competitions where
you perform tricks against other skaters in one minute runs
to move on.
Each and every park is well designed with a number of places
to pull a variety of tricks and even perform funny side-events
(my personal favorite is knocking the guy's tongue free of
the frozen pole in Canada only to have him running around
moaning about his tongue later). In Season Mode, you can gain
points to improve your character's stats so you can focus
on certain aspects (like Ollie, Air and Balance).
Graphically, the game runs smoothly and everything is put
together well. The character animation is well done. When
your skater wrecks, they grab injured shins, backsides and
groins and leave bloodstains where they've fallen. While the
non-skater character models aren't all too detailed, the environments
in their scale and design more than make up for it. The only
rough spot I saw in the environment was some polygon clipping
when you're skater fell outside of the park boundaries.
The sound-effects and voices add another layer of quality
to the game. The soundtrack provides an amazing collection,
including the Ramones, Rollins Band, Motorhead,
A.F.I., Alien Ant Farm and a number of others.
While I'm not a fan of most of the music, I could appreciate
the quality line-up and was also pleased that I could choose
to just pick certain tracks to play or not have the music
present at all.
Where Tony Hawk 3 really excels is the ability to
pull of simple stunts which can be strung along into combos.
With some many places too pull off stunts in each of the parks,
gamers can really experiment with a variety of moves. And
even once you learn how to pull off a series of moves, you're
given scoring challenges and a number of secrets to locate
in each area. Let's just say that there's a lot to do and
a number of ways to do it. And, if that's not enough, you
can play online against three others, create your own skater
(with an immense number of options) or your own park.
If you're not a fan of skating games, this game might get
old after a few days. While you can play around in the regular
parks with no problem (most of the tricks required are easy
to pull off), the competitions are sadistic if your don't
have a great handle on the trick system and landing combos
without wrecking. Dedicated skating gamers will eat this game
up, if not for days but weeks on end. Even if you're not big
on skating games, you should at least rent this. It is a fun