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  • Summary: Now you can cruise through LA without loading levels or stopping gameplay in Tony Hawk's American Wasteland. You can skate or BMX through a new story mode that takes you through all-new skate areas using tricks that have never appeared in previous Tony Hawk games. The cash that you earn can be used to customize your equipment and your skater by going to tattoo parlors and skate shops. Tony Hawk's American Wasteland also includes a classic mode that features classic Tony Hawk Pro Skater maps and objectives. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. American Wasteland creates a near-perfect balance that all free roaming games strive to achieve.
  2. 90
    It tries really hard to please both jaded vets and exuberant fanboys, and for the most part, it succeeds, even if the story mode's a little short and on the easy side.
  3. 85
    As a whole, the story, attitude and overall focus of the game is much better this time around than what we've seen from the two "THUG" games.
  4. While American Wasteland may have the gameplay nailed down, it falls short of being great on the Nintendo GameCube. If you really want to experience the true greatness that is Tony Hawk's American Wasteland then you'll need to play it on another system.
  5. While the gameplay in Tony Hawk's American Wasteland is still sharp, and the game still looks and sounds just fine, this seventh installment just seems to lack that special spark that made the series so much fun in the first place.
  6. A free-play mode returns Hawk to his origins and here, the game does not disappoint one bit with its go forth and explore approach. [Dec 2005, p.66]
  7. All told, it's no big loss if you decided to give Tony Hawk a rest for a year. [Jan 2006, p.91]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. JoshA.
    Oct 24, 2005
    I think that more games should be like this game and this game deserves a well earned 10
  2. JakeM.
    Oct 12, 2005
    It looks better than ever.
  3. DuncanW.
    Oct 18, 2005
    Another great addition, plenty to do, and a whole new world to do it in.
  4. ChrisB.
    Dec 4, 2005
    American Wasteland takes the Tony Hawk series and goes two steps forwards and one back. The inclusion of new moves, no loadtimes, BMXs, and a more intresting story goal (Assemble random junk for a skate park) is a step beyond THUG 1 and 2, but the game suffers from more glitches and camera issues (Camera is something I never had a problem with before in the series) than a TH game since THPS3. Some of the goals are litterally impossible, (Eg. Early on you're asked to run up the wall and backflip into a natas spin. Problem is you jump WAY too far to land on the pole!) but most are very easy for anyone who has completed the previous titles. The level design quality is mixed, the Oil Rig, Santa Monica and the final Skate Ranch are all great, but Hollywood and Beverly Hills are bland and boring. Classic Mode is not as good as in THUG2, the levels, while huge, are not well designed either (Except Kyoto) and it all feels like its been done before. The inability to use your created skaters in story mode and your story skater anywhere else is a real draw back, as is the lack of a Create-A-Deck option (Missed since THUG) If you don't have a TH game, or are looking for a new challenge this is worth a buy. The jackass stuff from THUG 2 is pretty much gone, but so is the excelent level design that game had. This is really a game fans will enjoy but new commers would be best looking at older titles. Expand
  5. RyanM.
    Jan 23, 2006
    When the greatest slogan or advertising ploy with this game is the fact it has no laod times, which is completely falso due to the excessive lagging when entering and exiting areas, something ahs gone terribly array. The game is Tony hawk, and truly, nothing else has to be said. I must comment on a few "new" aspects, for they mix up the gameplay a bit. The bike has substantially different controls, which could be rewarding for those willing to give it time. A few new tricks there, various levels which look way too similar, and a slew of lame unlockable skaters, plague this game. The classic mode, surprisingly enough, is actually a sclaed down version of what we saw in the previous 5-6 entries. There are less levels and the goals contain that tony hawk style, yet are way too simplistic for anyone to worry over for more than a few minutes time. Story mode is easy, even on sick, and can be completed in less than 8 hours. All in all, the game is solid. Yes, these flaws run rampant, and bring down the quality of the game, but for Tony hawk fans alike, we have taken these flaws every time and continue to buy each entry. for fans coming in to the series, start here, for lucky for you, story mode is one long and monotonous tutorial which you can take and run with. We all know and it is quite obvious, Tony Hawk needs a revitilization. As for now we have Tony Hawk American Wasteland....THUG 3 with flair. Expand
  6. AlexanderO.
    Dec 6, 2005
    I think that this game is really good and all but the levels are poorly made, and the lack of the create a deck option and create a player option in story mode is a real let down, but it's still pretty fun . Also the massiv amount of glitches and the fact that your character gets full stats way to easily in story mode I still found it sort of fun. I guess. Expand
  7. JesseM.
    Dec 4, 2005
    The gameplay continues to be marred be insane amounts of glitches.

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