Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Zipping along at 60 frames per second, you almost forget you're looking at a game. [Dec 2001, p.166]
  2. 100
    It delivers all the clever, addictive gameplay that a THPS game should, and in higher resolution than ever before.
  3. The Hawk may have competition, but it still flies higher than anyone else.
  4. 100
    Another giant step for this relatively young series.
  5. Every bit the masterpiece on GameCube that it was on Playstation 2. [Jan 2002, p.85]
  6. 97
    Controls are the best out of any of the installments.
  7. The controls have also been polished, and GameCube’s controller is put to excellent use. The location of the Y button allows the gamer to press both A and Y, which makes grinding a lot easier, as the gamer must jump with A and grind with Y.
  8. The graphics are pretty close to those of the PS 2 version but clearly some optimizations should have been made for GameCube hardware. The game generally runs fluidly, but slowdown and framerate problems rear their ugly heads noticeably from time to time.
  9. An incredibly addictive experience that will see you tying your fingers into great fangled knots of joy. Essential. [GamesMaster Magazine]
  10. 91
    I have to recommend the PS2 version of the game over the GameCube one for the simple reasons that the PlayStation's D-Pad ultimately feels a bit better and that the system supports online play.
  11. For the most part, the graphics and gameplay are identical to its PS2 brother...[but, of course] the revolutionary online component is sadly missing from the Gamecube version.
  12. For those who have the Dual Shock firmly hardwired into their psyche, switching over to the oddly-shpaed GameCube can prove difficult. [Feb 2003, p.96]
  13. The GameCube version may be less jaggy than the original PS2 release, but its lack of online multiplayer and somewhat sketchy frame rate keep it from living up to its full potential.
  14. So many games nowadays fall short when it comes to life span, but Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 is the very definition of value for money.
  15. It has graphics that match, if not pass the PS2 version thanks to a lack of jaggies...Controller aside, it just felt better than the PS2 version.
  16. Neversoft succeeded by sacrificing some of the polish that could have made the game a better by a smidgen. The framerate and lack of astonishing detail are valid complaints, but should not deter any Gamecube owner from buying this game.
  17. It expands on the previous game with new stages, more tricks, an excellent and varied soundtrack and more. It just doesn’t have much in the way of innovation.
  18. The best skateboarding game ever – but without multiplayer support, it falls a notch behind the PS2 version.
  19. 89
    Even without the online multiplayer offered in the Playstation 2 version Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 is a near-perfect game.
  20. With a slick combination of pleasing graphics, awesome music, huge environments to explore, and a killer combo control system, the game's replay value flies over the ramp and off the charts.
  21. Visually, it’s a dead heat between the GameCube and PS2 versions, but both look fantastic, so who cares? [Jan 2002, p.202]
  22. The on-screen skaters control well, but not quite as tightly as the PS2 version of the game. There is a bit more play in this version, with the end result being a control scheme that is slightly looser than one might expect.
  23. What was already basically perfect from last generation’s standards, this gets better. From the new re-vert stuff to the great graphics and level design, THPS3 is a must-own.
  24. Sadly, the music is rather blander than previous versions of THPS.
  25. I was impressed and did not feel frustrated. I am also happy to point out I did not say "oh man they did not add this or that".
  26. Regardless of how innovative the concept was, more needs to be done to change it up and make it a worthwhile buy for Tony 2 owners.
  27. There is no doubt about the quality of the series and its playability, but I wish for more: invention, freedom, a camera that behaves and link up play for instance.
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Sep 17, 2012
    10
    Wow! This game came out in 2001? I find that hard to believe because the gameplay looks like 2004. This is among the best sports games I have played. Not only have the skateboarding physics improved, but the large amount of customization and fantastic level design are great. The controls can be very difficult, so I recommend this to more experienced players. You can not only create your own skater character, but also your own skate park! Full Review »
  2. DanielM.
    Nov 9, 2004
    9
    Best extreme sports title made by a human.
  3. [Anonymous]
    May 12, 2004
    9
    This game is great, but not as good as THPS 4 in my opinion. And the music is great, and I have no idea why Ian and Shawn hated it.