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  • Summary: Get ready for unlimited skating and BMX biking in the vast wasteland of skate culture - Los Angeles.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! PC gamers will be able to compete against one another in multiplayer action via GameSpy. Freedom to ride forever: no level-based gameplay. In American Wasteland, you travel throughout the vast urban terrain of Los Angeles including Hollywood, East L.A., and other landmark areas without restrictions or repetition. Ultimate player control: more tricks and expanded controls than ever before. 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. [Aspyr Media] Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 78
    If the PC is your gaming platform of choice and you've been itching for a bit of skateboarding action, then American Wasteland isn't a bad choice at all, (until the next inevitable Tony Hawk's game, of course).
  2. Fine skating action and fearsomely addictive to boot. [Apr 2006, p.79]
  3. There's nothing significant to recommend this over the previous ones if you already own one. If you don't then this is a good introduction to the series.
  4. While the gameplay in THAW is still sharp, this installment just seems to lack that special spark that made the series so much fun in the first place.
  5. It's impossible to dislike the game, especially if you enjoyed its predecessors, but it's also hard to appreciate such formulaic gameplay. [May 2006, p.98]
  6. THAW is a step backwards, with its uninspiring Story mode being mostly to blame. The PC version suffers even more thanks to it being the recipient of such a sloppy conversion.
  7. Essentially just "THUG 2" with corridors, and Elephant Man-ugly, too. [Apr 2006, p.89]

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
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  1. Jan 3, 2014
    7
    Nice game but not as nice as the older Tony Hawk's games nice thing adding the parkour and bike riding but bad idea the concept "no loading screens because in FREE SKATE mode it's the same experience as the older games Expand

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