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  • Summary: No levels. No load times. Just never-ending action that doesn't stop until you leave the game. Tony Hawk's American Wasteland gives you - for the first time ever in a Hawk game - the freedom to skate, or bike, throughout a rich, expansive open environment. Once you arrive in Los Angeles, the vast city that gave birth to skate culture, the sky's the limit as you progress through the Wasteland story and choose missions that will have you immersed in the action without ever skating the same line twice. New on the board tricks include the Bert slides, Natas spins handstands, and one-footed grinds and manuals. New off the board tricks include wall runs, wall flips, and charged jumps. Choose Board Or Bike: For the first time, you can choose to ride BMX bikes throughout the entire game, with all-new physics, a BMX specific control system and several BMX-specific goals. Customize Like Crazy: Enter and explore dozens of shops in game to customize your gear and your look! Check out skate shops, barbershops, tattoo parlors, and clothing stores as you accomplish goals and earn cash. [Activision] Expand
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
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  1. One heck of a game that rises above its genre as something everyone can play.
  2. What differentiates Tony Hawk's American Sk8land from "Mario Kart" is the level of involvement. Sk8land is far less pick-up-and-play, but those who take the time to learn its intricacies will have a blast.
  3. It may be the best looking DS game yet, and it matches the console experience to a degree that you'd expect only on the PSP.
  4. This is a great representation of the series, with very attractive visuals and a robust collection of maps and tricks, and it’s pretty amazing that Vicarious Visions managed to turn this one around so handily.
  5. It is a solid game with only a few issues, and is deserving of a purchase.
  6. Aside from a few minor issues, though, Vicarious Visions had done a fantastic job creating a faithful and fun Hawk game. [Jan 2006, p.112]
  7. Sk8land is the best attempt yet to convert the old boy of skateboarding to a portable.

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  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
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  1. hardcorerebelsk8tr
    Feb 25, 2006
    seriousedy man this os the crasiest raddest game eva. i mean i skip skewl to play this masterpeece, cuz im so bad. dude, if you are kewl you would buy this game because sk8boardins not a crime, an al the rents dont understand cause there not teenagers ands we are cool but they AINT! cause once ma rents said turn that dumb game off and i said screw you guys i dont care wut you say you dont controll ma life!! and this is the best gam in the world because the graphix are awesom and the rents dont like it so u guys that play it will seam relly rad and cool. i think i got ma point acroos cause of this the detail in the wallpapers are so good you will swear its real, but it should totaly be on the psp cause the ds is for kids, and im not a kid im a teenager and theres a humongus differene cause kids arnt hardcore rebels like me cause i say dude and man after everytthing. i only think they should have greenady on the music because they are rebel like me so rock on!!!!! sk8bordin aint i crime!!!!! Expand
  2. AndrewJ.
    Nov 21, 2005
    This is the best game for the DS yet. PERIOD. The cell-shaded graphics are amazing as well is the frame rate (60 fps). And, you can't forget the online capabilities. You can upload your own art and store it or download others' amazing pieces. Some are quite impressive. You can also download extra missions while online that extend the life of the game considerably. There are six months worth of planned extra missions! Now... the main reason to go online with Tony Hawk's American Sk8land is to play against other people of course! There are multiple multiplayer games that you can play with someone randomly chosen or if you want to play with a specific person you use there friend code to locate and play them. This game goes back to the Tony Hawk game roots and is a non-stop skating experience. You cannot get off your board and walk like in the Tony Hawk's Underground games. Also included are many tricks including bertslides and such from that era. Once again, I will state, this game is amazing. If you have any interest at all in skating games rush to your local game store and pick this up! It is worth every penny. Expand
  3. Extremekid21
    Dec 26, 2005
    Great game, I love the shading, goals, and levels. It also has a much easier concept of doing trick and specials, and i reccomend it for people new to the ds. Expand
  4. JohnF.
    Nov 21, 2005
    This is a truly exceptional title, reminiscant of the staggeringly accomplished port of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 that launched with the original GBA. A technical marvel, accentuated perfectly with tried and tested gameplay. I initially played a friend's copy for five minutes before immediately going out and buying it for myself on the strength of that brief stretch. A DS title every bit as essential as Advance Wars and Mario Kart. Expand
  5. Flarestorm
    Jan 6, 2006
    This game was way better than I expected, and the Wi-Fi is awsome. Being able to upload your art and look at other people's masterpieces and putting it on your board. The skateing is just like the ones for the Gamecube and such. With touch specials you can also add some extra points in your combo much easier. I recomend you get this if you like Tony Hawk Pro Skater/THUG. Oh and it doesn't matter if you can't get out of your board in this game, it still beats American Wasteland. Expand
  6. Shaun
    Nov 25, 2005
    very good game, and good wi-fi although the touch screen art has many flaws, unlike mario kart, when you draw on tony hawk, it always messes up..It stressful I would of given it a 10, but im saving that 10 for animal crossing DS Expand
  7. SinO.
    Nov 24, 2005
    A great game in my opinion. The only thing that dragged the score down a bit for me was the lack of difficulty in the story mode, I would have loved for it to be longer, with some trickier goals. Also some of the goals in the classic mode are a tad bland, but still enjoyable when completed. All in all, a great game, and the online aspect is going to keep me going for months, I'm already set on coming first on at least a few of the scoreboards. Oh, and I should add while my score is an 8 up there, it's actually more like an 8.5/8.6 so it's not as bad as it looks. Expand

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