Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 44
  2. Negative: 1 out of 44
Buy On
  1. 74
    Perhaps it's time that developers Neversoft go away for longer than twelve months and come back with something other than a glorified extension of a series that seems to be short on innovation.
  2. The thought of pulling a combo across an entire city with no load times is very appealing, but unless you have perfect balance, nimble fingers, and patience, you probably won’t pull it off.
  3. Tony, you are lookin' haggard. Even though I like American Wasteland's country-boy-in-the-city story line much better than last year's World Destruction Tour's, the annual sequels will drive this franchise into the ground if publisher Activision doesn't take a break, and soon.
  4. American Wasteland doesn’t quite live up to the promises made by its creator, something that ultimately ends up hurting this seventh Tony Hawk installment. After all these years of teaching couch potatoes how to skate, the good folks at Neversoft have finally released a game that you might as well skate past.
  5. Unfortunately, the only thing I can say that really held true for my gameplay experience is that THAW didn't stand out to me.
  6. Play Magazine
    70
    A free-play mode returns Hawk to his origins and here, the game does not disappoint one bit with its go forth and explore approach. [Dec 2005, p.66]
  7. Yes, Wasteland has a large, free-roaming world, but it does little to change the game itself.
  8. A return to form for a series that was beginning to loose its way.
  9. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    70
    Underneath the mixed bag of superfluous trimmings lies a game that's still highly playable despite feeling very familiar. [Dec 2005, p.121]
  10. Edge Magazine
    60
    The title is just painfully apt: never has a free-roaming structure brought so little to improve the quality of a game's world. The mooted open-ended environments of Tony Hawk's American Wasteland feel like a fallacy, a bleak repackaging for hocking the game to a jaded audience. [Dec 2005, p.107]
  11. Definitely an improvement on THUG 2 in getting away from the outrageous slapstick and prank ideas and back to skating as it should be.
  12. games(TM)
    60
    When only a couple of challenges require you to break the million point barrier, only the weakest players will have trouble acing the game in hours. [Christmas 2005, p.107]

Awards & Rankings

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#94 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 57
  2. Negative: 3 out of 57
  1. Sep 28, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. i dont know why anyone can dislike this game, i honestly think that its the best ps2 game ever (and better than any game on another platform, for that matter), the BMX part played a v?tal part, as d?d the completley load?ng screen-free game world, and the soundtrack (? have fallen ?n love w?th astro zomb?es (my chem romance(covered from the m?sf?ts)) and ever fallen ?n love (thursday(covered from buzzcocks))) Full Review »
  2. rossh
    Oct 15, 2009
    10
    i dont know why anyone can dislike this game, i honestly think that its the best ps2 game ever (and better than any game on another platform,i dont know why anyone can dislike this game, i honestly think that its the best ps2 game ever (and better than any game on another platform, for that matter), the BMX part played a v?tal part, as d?d the completley load?ng screen-free game world, and the soundtrack (? have fallen ?n love w?th astro zomb?es (my chem romance(covered from the m?sf?ts)) and ever fallen ?n love (thursday(covered from buzzcocks))) Full Review »
  3. Dec 6, 2015
    10
    This game is my childhood. It's my favourite tony hawk game and my 4th favourite game. American wasteland has all the other th games had ANDThis game is my childhood. It's my favourite tony hawk game and my 4th favourite game. American wasteland has all the other th games had AND MORE (Except create a goal). Parkour,bmx... Probably the most addictive game i've ever played Full Review »