Tony Hawk's American Sk8land Image

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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. Collapse
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  1. American Sk8land is a better game, but only marginally so it isn't really worth the price of admission unless you're a hardcore Tony Hawk fan.
  2. SK8Land seems to have all of the right ingredients that should make for an awesome handheld Hawk experience - but for some reason, the final product just is not all that engaging.
  3. A nice little program that really brings little new to the series as a whole, other than supplying gamers with a seamless environment.
  4. American SK8Land doesn't quite capture the magic of its console brethren.
  5. The game simply is lacking in the fun factor and dosen't hold your attention long enough to make you really want to play it. There's also a complete lack of immersion partially due to the paper-thin plotline, the generic sound and the minimalistic graphics.
  6. This game brings nothing worth mentioning to the franchise, and almost feels like a step backward. [Jan 2006, p.116]
  7. Sk8land looks slick and controls like a Tony Hawk game should, but its skate park designs are weak and its story mode missions lack creativity.
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  1. JonathanG.
    Dec 31, 2005
    This game was okay, though I would have expected better. The game is not very long and not too hard either. There is also a classic mode so that made it a little more worth while. Expand