Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 4 out of 15
  1. 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.
  2. It's not quite the "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater" equal but still worthy of your summertime void.
  3. 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]
  4. This one just flat out stinks.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. It’s a great snack until the Hawk strikes back. Pick it up now and you’ll be done with it by the weekend.
  9. Once you master the controls, you'll love it. [Oct 2001, p.135]
  10. 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.
  11. 50
    When will ESPN learn the difference between a game worth endorsing and one that’s utter garbage? Not soon enough, apparently.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.

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