• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Aug 13, 2001

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 4 out of 15
Buy On
  1. It’s a great snack until the Hawk strikes back. Pick it up now and you’ll be done with it by the weekend.
  2. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Once you master the controls, you'll love it. [Oct 2001, p.135]
  3. Unless you have an extreme fascination with the X Games or worship the switch-stance prodigy Bob Burnquist, you should save your $50 and wait for Mr. Hawk's forthcoming 128-bit appearance.
  4. Since they opt for realism at the expense of fun, you just can’t pull off those sick, death-defying feats you can in other games.
  5. It's not quite the "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater" equal but still worthy of your summertime void.
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    You haven’t experienced big air until you’ve tried this pup. No joke, on the vert ramps you literally float for 2-3 seconds a pop. [Sept 2001, p.141]
  7. I can’t say I didn’t have oodles of fun with X Games; it just didn’t last too long. Boredom grew on me after a few runs through, and shamefully wouldn’t have with a few more features thrown in along with better visuals.
  8. This one just flat out stinks.
  9. 52
    Poor framerate, small cast and moves, and poor replayability among other issues. "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater" sells millions for a reason -- this just isn't it.
  10. 50
    When will ESPN learn the difference between a game worth endorsing and one that’s utter garbage? Not soon enough, apparently.
  11. A couple of the game's levels show some interesting design (the deck of a cruise ship and a hellishly unrealistic portrayal of New York as a post-apocalyptic wasteland), but the lack of real innovation in the game severely limits its lifespan.
  12. 49
    The interface and presentation elements are nice to look at, but when that's the biggest thing your game has going for it, you are in real trouble.
  13. A pretty weak game. With poor control, counterintuitive level design, and drab graphics, X Games Skateboarding is best suited for skateboarding fans looking for a quick fix in the form of a rental.
  14. Fails in the most basic concept, which would be to bring something new to the table. It’s just another washed up "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater" clone.
  15. Unfortunately, there really isn't much more meat on the bones here. No create-a-skater, no skater statistics to flesh out or tweak, not even a bunch of new outfits or anything.

Awards & Rankings

#82 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. AdamL.
    Mar 12, 2002
    Good graphics, hard to finish, good playability. But you cant beat Tony.
  2. DannyL.
    Mar 2, 2002
    This game is great!!
  3. JaretG.
    Oct 20, 2001
    Sweet tricks and hard to finish the game unlike Tony Hawk, which is way too easy to beat!