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  • Summary: 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. New on the board tricks include the Bert slides, Natas spins handstands, and one-footed grinds and manuals. New off the board tricks include wall runs, wall flips, and charged jumps. 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! Check out skate shops, barbershops, tattoo parlors, and clothing stores as you accomplish goals and earn cash. [Activision] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 44
  2. Negative: 1 out of 44
  1. It's the best Tony Hawk game yet, and as someone who's played them all to death, that's no passing comment. Better level design, better presentation and better overall polish, this is THE game to buy if you're a Tony Hawk fan.
  2. 90
    It tries really hard to please both jaded vets and exuberant fanboys, and for the most part, it succeeds, even if the story mode's a little short and on the easy side.
  3. With the camera and control issues of THUG2 corrected, a fresh, compelling story mode, and the highlights of the series up to this point in tow, Tony Hawk's American Wasteland stands as the best game to bear his name thus far.
  4. 80
    It should come as no surprise that THAW is well endowed with generously sized, multilayered domains for which to carry out all your skating aggression--half-pipes, quarter-pipes, pools, wires, rails, and so much more are in abundant supply.
  5. While the gameplay in Tony Hawk's American Wasteland is still sharp, and the game still looks and sounds just fine, this seventh installment just seems to lack that special spark that made the series so much fun in the first place.
  6. 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.
  7. All told, it's big loss if you decided to give Tony Hawk a rest for a year. [Jan 2006, p.91]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. rossh
    Oct 15, 2009
    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))) Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    Nov 1, 2005
    This is the best Tony Hawk game yet. I can't wait until the next one comes out.
  3. Nov 25, 2011
    Actually my favorite game in the Tony Hawk series, this game is unique and addictive. It has the best Create-A-Park mode yet, as well as lots of places to skate. Yet again, Neversoft pulls off a masterpiece that is an instant recommendation. What else can I say? Expand
  4. CoryK.
    Oct 31, 2005
    I was hoping this game would recover from THUG2. This game places more emphasis on skating...and biking too...but i still dont think there is enough emphasis on skating. now its about trashing l.a. and rebuilding an old skate park. i found myself questioning some missions and some of the new additions. Expand
  5. Apr 1, 2013
    Free roam is an interesting and fun part of this game. Another Tony Hawk game that I spent money on and finished overnight. A reason to lose sleep when you're in elementary school Expand
  6. LividFiction
    Nov 26, 2006
    It's not quite as fun as THUG2 but is certainly better than the year-old potato-chip staleness that is THUG.
  7. JoeyZ.
    Oct 26, 2008
    This game has great gameplay but seriously users , just because it focuses more on skating than the other two THUG games, doesn't mean it's better. Also, it's not the best tony hawk game ever! The game is way too easy ,even on sick mode and most of the game's missions are all about doing one little trick to get a piece of the skate ranch! Cmon users and some critics it's not that great! Collapse

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