Tony Hawk's Underground 2 PlayStation 2

Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 59 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 59
  2. Negative: 0 out of 59
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  1. At their best, the Pro Skater games were a sport in themselves, requiring lots of skill. While the thrill of the trick is still here, it's deluged in a misfired attempt at frat-boy cool.
  2. Edge Magazine
    70
    THUG2’s biggest step forward – it’s stripped-down Classic mode – is one it takes back. It’s as refreshing as it is nostalgic, taking on old-school Tony Hawk’s levels and goals with THUG’s improved trick set, and proves to be a necessary antidote to the mouthy fluster of the career mode, offering up pure, disciplined high-score play against the clock. [Dec 2005, p.117]
  3. games(TM)
    70
    While Underground tried to seamlessly mix its diversity, humour and gameplay, it was always obvious when you were being dragged away from the combo system at the heart of the series. Thankfully, THUG2 makes a much better fist of keeping classic Tony Hawk’s gameplay at the heart of the tasks. Even when skating as Benjamin Franklin or a shrimp vendor, the focus remains on skateboarding. [Dec 2004, p.102]
  4. At the very core of the game is something that could have worked, but it is so deeply entrenched within mediocrity and poorly executed ideas that it hurts.
  5. Play Magazine
    58
    Bouts of bad behavior distributed between T. Hawk-style fun, the highs and lows of the THUG 2 experience truly boggle the mind with various goals so flawed in execution it feels as if the programmers passed out on their keyboards. [Nov 2004, p.58]
  6. 50
    The entire single-player campaign just ruins what could have been a truly excellent sequel to what was a flawed but strong new entry into a well-established franchise. Instead, it feels as if Neversoft did not want to improve on what needed work and then prayed that players would not notice.

Awards & Rankings

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#49 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Jun 24, 2017
    3
    I was excited to play TONY HAWK'S UNDERGROUND 2 after playing the first one, but i quickly found out how horrible this game is, the gameplayI was excited to play TONY HAWK'S UNDERGROUND 2 after playing the first one, but i quickly found out how horrible this game is, the gameplay was boring even though is was similar to the first one which should mean its better but its not, the game felt different in its humour, style and story. the first underground had a good story, not amazing but was unique, Underground 2 feel like a **** road trip movie crossed over with jackass characters i'm upset that the game changed but not a good way, they tried to make tony hawk funny was not a good try, they also put in jackass cast which made the game less tony hawk then a tony hawk could ever be, i like jackass but not in my tony hawk's game. i know this game is 13 years old but it really pissed me off. Full Review »
  2. Sep 28, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Tons of places to skate and lots of Career Mode as well as the new Classic Mode make the hours you spend playing this game endless. The story revolves around the World Destruction Tour, and is very twisted. Other than that, yet another 10 for the Tony Hawk series! An instant recommendation! Full Review »
  3. Oct 26, 2013
    8
    The gameplay seems to be just right, every place you go to has something unique about it and I always get lost for hours playing in that one spot.....