Metascore
97

Universal acclaim - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. 97
    Should go down in history as one of the best twitch-fests on PS2. Yes, TH3 is that good. The perfect skating game remains just a tiny hair's breadth out of reach, but if you are not satisfied with your purchase of this game, head examinations are recommended.
  2. 100
    Strikes a perfect balance between new and old and renders the two previous entries in the series almost completely obsolete in the process.
  3. Doesn't only look better; it also offers more realistic and fluid game play, along with a currently unequaled multiplayer mode that will keep gamers coming back for more.
  4. The most rewarding, playable, and addictive game on the Playstation 2. Just wait until you see who the hidden characters are! Skateboarding stalwarts rejoice! [Dec 2001, p.86]
  5. 90
    There's only one major new technique, which might be disappointing to some fans of the series.
  6. 100
    This is THPS at its best. More fun? Can’t have it.
  7. You can combo off of everything in this game. Seriously I mean everything! Cars, people, sidewalks, buildings, rails, ramps, stop signs... The list goes on and on. The funny thing about all this is Neversoft's Highest Score screen shows a high score of 9.4 million. Yes, my jaw dropped too.
  8. When it's all said and done, when your eyes have completely dried up after spending 7 straight hours obsessing over massive rail grinds, THPS 3 comes through on its promise to do next-gen justice to the series. There simply is no better skating game available, and for that matter, very few other games that compete, period.
  9. The visuals are dazzling. Normally, you'd probably be frustrated after losing the 58,976 points you just racked up because you landed sideways. But in THPS3, you'll find yourself screaming, "Sweet!!" after marveling at how cool the pane of glass looked as you shattered it with your airborne body because you didn't land that kick flip.
  10. 100
    A rare and beautiful thing, a nearly perfect game.
  11. Neversoft must have made a deal with the devil, because this series refuses to cool down. [Dec 2001, p.246]
  12. I simply know that as a total package there is no game on the planet that can captivate me more than THPS3 and for many hours on end no less.
  13. What's so great about the game, apart from it looking and sounding so good on PS2, is the course design that you get to sample.
  14. Like so many classics, the fun in Tony Hawk's 3 comes from being given a liberating amount of freedom.
  15. The replayability is off the charts. [Dec 2001, p.168]
  16. It’s simple if you loved the first two titles you need this one, newcomers may be put off as the game is beginning to get more complex.
  17. Isn’t as well implemented as I’d have liked. Enjoyable, for certain, but lacking that unidentifiable combination of speed and ease of movement that makes games like this great, I can’t say that Tony Hawk was a truly excellent title.
  18. It's blatantly obvious that the guys at Neversoft know exactly what they're doing.
  19. The introduction of the revert is a handy addition to you stunt arsenal, but it doesn't have the same game-changing effect that the manual had in number two. Which is good, as it adds an extra touch but doesn't meddle with a beautifully balanced control system.
  20. While fans of the last installment may at first be disappointed in the apparent lack of notable new features and improvements, there are plenty of additions to be enjoyed after mastering the new options and levels.
  21. Tony Hawk himself really likes the game and loves getting online with his PS2. You could end up playing against the "man" himself if you're the lucky type.
  22. Not only are the graphics significantly improved, they whisk by at a steady pace and feature larger levels with even more interactive environments.
  23. 100
    This game will not be completed in a weekend – this is one of those rare games that will take a lifetime to play. Not a biggie – you won’t soon be bored with it.
  24. The courses themselves are also graphical masterpieces. The size of the skating environments in THPS3 dwarfs the levels that were found in THPS2 and each level comes to life with rich detail.
  25. If you loved Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 or 2 on any other system, and you are a PS2 owner, this is a must have.
  26. At least as good as advertised, if not slightly better.
  27. Fast, smooth, detailed, and colorful...THPS3 simply makes the previous games of the series look like battered stepchildren.
  28. 100
    Take the same awesome game play from the first two incarnations, pump up the frame rate to a blistering 60 frames per second, add larger more addictive levels that are full of life and imagination, and enhance the graphics.
  29. Everything to love from the first two Tony Hawk games is back, along with more outrageous levels and more outrageous combos thanks to the revert trick.
  30. Neversoft’s conspicuously elite design ability has created some of the most challenging, yet most rewarding levels ever conceived in a skateboarding game. [Dec 2001, p.94]
  31. Once you get used to it, however, tricks will come second nature, and you'll enjoy the view of the humongous levels, which explode in dazzling colors and glorified details.
  32. One of the best console games I have played this year. It is that good. The online gameplay is fast with no lag or hiccups.
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 210 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 56
  2. Negative: 9 out of 56
  1. Nov 25, 2011
    10
    An extremely fun game with lots to do and hours of addiction. The game has many places to skate, including a foundry, suburbs, Los Angeles,An extremely fun game with lots to do and hours of addiction. The game has many places to skate, including a foundry, suburbs, Los Angeles, and more! Tons of secrets are buried within the depths of THPS3, like locations from the first Pro Skater, and bonus skaters. Hundreds of tricks and even a PARK EDITOR make this game one of my top 5 favorite video games of all time!! Full Review »
  2. Apr 26, 2011
    10
    10/10 = Masterpiece = Best Sports Game of all-time.
  3. Oct 12, 2013
    10
    THPS3 is definitely my favorite video game of all-time. The Career Mode is once again extraordinary, with bigger and better levels, (exceptTHPS3 is definitely my favorite video game of all-time. The Career Mode is once again extraordinary, with bigger and better levels, (except the Suburbia level it wasn't that good of a level for me) the Park Editor is a downright upgrade to the THPS2 version, Create-A-Skater is much more fun to play around with, and much more. Absolutely everything works in this game. Try it, you will not regret it. Guaranteed. Full Review »