Tony Hawk's Pro Skater
Reviewed by PlunX
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater is a game that revolves around
skate boarding (riding and doing stunts). Tony Hawk isn't the only
skater in the game, however. There are many other characters,
as well as a few hidden characters that you get as you advance
through the game. In each stage (arena) you must find video
tapes. The more video tapes you get, the more arenas and secrets
are available. In order to get these tapes, you must exceed certain
goals in each arena, such as hitting 5 boxes, finding each letter of
the word "S-K-A-T-E", and getting a certain amount of points
(accumulated by doing stunts) in a limited amount of time. In each
arena, there are rails, quarter-pipes, half-pipes, pools, and other
obstacles. There are dozens of different tricks and combos that
can be done off of the ramps.
Graphics 10 out of 10
The graphics in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater are excellent. They're very
crips, and there is very little fog. Even though the camera angles
can become annoying at times, you can usually make out which way you're
going. The details in the game are also excellent. From the boards
to the ramps, they look almost real. If you're looking for a boarding
game with good graphics, this might just be the one for you.
Music and Sound 9 out of 10
The music score in this game is great, even though I've only heard
a couple of the tunes outside of the game. They're almost all punk
and ska songs, with a fast beat (good boarding themes). The sound
effects in this game are excellent, sounding almost real.
Game Challenge 8 out of 10
Once you get the hang of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, it's not that
hard to beat the game. There are only 5 tapes in each stage, and
you have to do almost the same thing in each stage to get the
tapes. But, it does take some time to obtain these tapes, and I'm
almost certain that it'll take you a couple of sittings to get past
the first few arenas.
Game Play-Fun 10 out of 10
Personally, I had a wonderful time playing Tony Hawk's Pro Skater.
I'm a skate boarder myself, and I think that it's about time that a
decent skate boarding game has hit the consoles. And, it's even
better than the game is almost real, and actually gives you the
feel of grinding on the rails and doing methods off the top of a
To tell you the complete truth, even though it took me a while to
learn how to do certain tricks, I was never once frustrated with
the game. The game doesn't throw your lose in your face if you
don't exceed a certain task, and just lets you try as many times
as you want. The game is almost a skate boarding adventure game,
letting you advance as you gain more tapes.
Replayability 10 out of 10
Even after beating this game, I kept playing, trying to get more
and more points, and just trying to get excellent combos. I'm sure
that you won't stop playing this game after you beat it.
Game Value 10 out of 10
I don't currently have this game, but I have rented it twice from
Blockbuster. I'd say that the most that I'd pay for this game is $49.99.
Overall 10 out of 10
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater is the best skate boarding game that I've
played since Skate or Die (heheheh). The tricks are excellent, the
graphics are excellent... The whole game is excellent. If you're a
sports fan or a boarder, I'm sure that you'll get a real kick out
of this game.