Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. 95
    There are so many places to go and things to do and cities to wreak havoc in, why would you ever want to stop?
  2. The new gameplay modes, massive new levels, customizability, and online play all work together to really make this year's game something special on the PC.
  3. The game's visuals are good, but like always, never quite reach great status.
  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. 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.
  6. This one will be liked both by hardcore fans of the series and by the newcomers (who will do well by choosing the "easy" level of difficulty. "Insane" level is really insane, at least for a non-sports person like me. And yes, TH now has difficulty settings).
  7. The World Destruction tour is fun, but the neophyte skaters may find this a bit more challenging than they can manage. Still, with solid online play elements, this is a winner.
  8. From the pure amount of massive content available, I'm sure that most gamers will not run out of things to do with Underground 2.
  9. THUG 2's combination of goofball story, challenging skate stunts, and ever-more-ridiculous objectives is so addictive that I'd learn to play with my feet if my hands fell off. [Jan 2005, p.97]
  10. 90
    The resulting package is so good that not even the nightmarish presence of Bam Margera and his merry band of sociopathic masochists can bring it down.
  11. The game comes highly recommended to those of you that have gone through the Tony Hawk franchise as it is, and should entertain you for months on end.
  12. The mechanics for pulling off tricks have been perfected. [Jan 2005, p.104]
  13. The graphics in the game are serviceable ' not gorgeous but not bad either ' but then who plays a skateboarding game to look at the scenery?
  14. 86
    Smartly designed but in many ways is just too much of the same. Too many new insignificant features, too much off skateboard "adventuring" -- that's actually pretty bad -- and a direction that appears to be moving far, far away from the original games.
  15. In short, it's probably the best extreme sports game ever made, the only real caveat being that it's rubbish without a decent gamepad. [PC Zone]
  16. 85
    This is like a Thanksgiving dinner of Tony Hawk. You're going to feel stuffed and ready for a nap afterwards, and some players may even refuse dessert.
  17. The additions of some new tricks and ways of extending combos as well as getting more air add more challenge to the game. Unfortunately, they should have stuck with just the console versions, as the PC just does not lend itself well to this game.
  18. Meets expectations and attempts to go a few steps further with additions like the sticker plant, focus, and classic mode but in the end serves up plenty more of the same, which is mostly good, for now.
  19. 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.
  20. 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. The result might be more satisfying for those who haven't seen most of this stuff already done before in previous Tony Hawk games.
  21. 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.
  22. PC owners should be quite pleased with the latest installment of the game. Given all the improvements between Underground 2 and "THPS4," fans of the series should be quite happy with the end result.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. Despite the steep learning curve, it has more content and more unlockable secrets than nearly any other game to date. [Jan 2005, p.70]
  28. The production remains awesome, but everything is cluttered and ultimately the game is just shallow. [Christmas 2004, p.108]
  29. 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]
  30. 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.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
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