Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. An irresistible package born of the classic mold but with an invigorating twist. [Nov 2004, p.140]
  2. Throw in secret characters, such as a certain green burger-loving star of a recent popular movie sequel, and there's enough here to keep you going for ages while the straightforward structure of the game means you can concentrate on having fun.
  3. The sticker slap is my favorite new addition. The trick takes the place of the wallplant and enables the skater to turn a wall into a pitstop on the way to a huge combo. Leaping out of a grind into a sticker slap will send a skater right back to the rail, where he (or she) can retrace the path that already produced a good line.
  4. For fans of the series, this may be the best game yet. It combines a Classic and Underground mode into the same game, adds new gameplay elements, and really captures the feel of a bunch of skaters goofing around.
  5. THUG2 may not match THUG's charm and novelty, but it's still one of the most addictive and satisfying experiences out there.
  6. It's everything you ever wanted from the last couple of Hawk incarnations but these are things that were never included; a unique bobby dazzler of a story and loads of depth that promises to wow us all.
  7. 90
    The best skating game ever made, and while it isn't nearly as groundbreaking as the previous game, it takes everything that made it great and adds some new tricks and a dash of juvenile potty humor, leaving you with the best time you'll have at a skate park this year.
  8. The game's visuals are good, but like always, never quite reach great status.
  9. This game is about two steps away from being called "Bam Margera Pro Skater," seeing as he is the main pro skater you see in the game.
  10. It might not push the series into new territory but Tony Hawk's Underground 2 for the GameCube is an outrageously fun sequel with a lot of laughs and skating goodness.
  11. The days when the new Tony Hawk games were one of the highlights of the year are gone, but THUG 2 still offers plenty of joy for gamers that haven't left the genre behind.
  12. 85
    Players who didn't voluntarily step off the train with "Hawk 4" or last year's "Underground" will find more to love here -- more new tricks, an even more streamlined system of goal selection, a ridiculous selection of goals to select, and levels that hurt to try and comprehend.
  13. With the inclusion of Classic Mode and the continuation of this quite natural evolution of the franchise, Neversoft has done most everything short of bringing Tony Hawk to your doorstep to put a smile on all of the fans' faces; old, and new alike.
  14. 83
    The Cube gets a slightly lower score than the Xbox version (0.1 less) because it's so much more difficult to control.
  15. Neversoft has refined the gameplay to the point of it being almost a meditation exercise, letting you grind, manual, revert and flip with a Zen-like calmness.
  16. THUG2 hangs on to the great gameplay of the previous games, makes a few minor tweaks, and wraps it all up in a new Bam Margera-centric package.
  17. Many problems with the game, such as the misspelled goal on the RV vert ramp in Boston (it's supposed to be 20,000 points, not 2,000) and the sudden change in manual and grind sensitivity, really make the game a little less fun than it should be.
  18. However, casual Tony Hawk fans should really think twice about investing, as there's not a huge amount to set it apart from the rest.
  19. The lack of attention to the pure mechanics that attracted so many players to the series is a significant detraction to the game, as are the limitations placed on some of the game modes and the overemphasis on acting crazy.
  20. The amalgamation of Tony Hawk's and "Jackass" is the videogame equivalent of a match-made in heaven, and certainly makes a marked improvement upon the weak story of its predecessor.
  21. THUG 2 won't rein in anyone who has disliked the previous Tony Hawk games, but the newest sequel is more than enough to chew on for those of us who already appreciate the series.
  22. The majority of new gameplay features do positively elaborate on the core THUG experience, but there is an alarming lack of effort in their refinement.
  23. Though it all adds up to, essentially, a tuned-up version of the last game, there's enough variation to keep your rebel skater spirit from getting too (sorry)…board.
  24. A sign that the series is grinding along nicely in a comfortable rut, biding its time with the same old technology and some minor gameplay changes.
  25. 80
    In many ways it's the best the series has to offer, but it's still probably not enough to haul in a new audience.
  26. Guest characters such as Ben Franklin, the THPS-style Classic mode and an incredible soundtrack of old and new hits add to the mix. [Dec 2004, p.144]
  27. While Underground tried to seamlessly mix its diversity, humour and gameplay, it was always obvious when you were being dragged away from the combo system at the heart of the series. Thankfully, THUG2 makes a much better fist of keeping classic Tony Hawk's gameplay at the heart of the tasks. Even when skating as Benjamin Franklin or a shrimp vendor, the focus remains on skateboarding. [Dec 2004, p.102]
  28. If you like deliberately subjecting yourself to frustration for little or no reward, surrounded by a group of idiots mocking you, super glue a coin to the ground and attempt to pry it away while screaming obscenities at the top of your voice. It'll be cheaper than wasting your money on this.
  29. Bouts of bad behavior distributed between T. Hawk-style fun, the highs and lows of the THUG 2 experience truly boggle the mind with various goals so flawed in execution it feels as if the programmers passed out on their keyboards. [Nov 2004, p.58]
  30. 50
    The entire single-player campaign just ruins what could have been a truly excellent sequel to what was a flawed but strong new entry into a well-established franchise. Instead, it feels as if Neversoft did not want to improve on what needed work and then prayed that players would not notice.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. RyanM.
    Dec 25, 2004
    8
    Tony hawk games have been getting a bit stale and this game does little to push the series forward, but it keeps the solid gameplay that was seen in every other tony hawk game. its a solid game in a solid franchise. theres unique characters that are added that mix the game up a bit, but nothing to make this a revolutonary game. the next tony hawk installment will hopefully change the formula for the better, but for now we have decent fun of THUG 2. Full Review »
  2. RichardWebb-M.
    Jan 20, 2005
    9
    What a great great game.