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  • Summary: Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam delivers an innovative and unique skateboard experience focused on head-to-head racing. The game allows players to feel the breakneck speed of downhill competition as they tear up the world's steepest terrains while performing tricks and outmaneuvering opponents in such locations as San Francisco, Machu Picchu and Hong Kong. Taking on the role of Tony Hawk or one of nine characters, players compete in time-based challenges in one of three gameplay modes including race, trick and slalom. [Activision] Expand
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 42
  2. Negative: 1 out of 42
  1. With a great control scheme, graphics that don’t look ported, fantastic humor, and a whole lot of races to complete, this quality title is worthy of being a member of the Tony Hawk franchise. This is a safe Day-1 pickup for the Wii, just make sure you buy the three spare Wiimotes for your friends!
  2. The locations are unique, the tracks long and complex, and the fun factor and energy level is unparalleled with any other Wii title at this time.
  3. 77
    With a few impovements in the graphics and gameplay departments Activision could really have a hit on their hands.
  4. 70
    The new take on the game has tons of potential to be fantastic and with a few tweaks to the overall engine and trick system this could easily be a nice compliment to the already great franchise.
  5. The attempt to simplify the controls for just a few buttons has resulted in a game that’s far too easy, yet doesn’t have the moxie to hold up when it’s prodded for depth.
  6. It never reaches the heights of "SSX" or the pure finesse of "Project 8" though, leaving Downhill Jam stuck somewhere between a rock and a hard place.
  7. 40
    Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam isn't a sell out on par with hawking Bagel Bites but it's close.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. MichaelA.
    Jan 8, 2007
    I think the creators totally took advantage of the Wii controls and that is awsome And the carictors are funny too.
  2. [Anonymous]
    Dec 7, 2006
    I thought this would pretty bad (look at the scores), but it turns out that this is the funnest game I've played on the Wii. Great graphics, easy controls, and it's pretty funny. Expand
  3. PeterC.
    Jan 22, 2008
    This is actually a really enjoyable game. I've gotten tonnes of fun out of it. I often feel games are over-rated and very rarely under-rated. In fact I often agree with the harshest scores. However, I got this one on sale and it has been really fun. Surprisingly so. Takes a bit of time to get used to the intricacies of the game and appreciate on its own terms though. I didn't like it much for the first couple days of playing, but now it's actually serious fun. And I've invested a good 15-20 hours in it over the last month or so, taking the odd hour here and there. I think this is actually a good test of whether critics will actually stick with a game to appreciate it. Gamespy deserves top marks on this count. G4Tv , as usual, are just complete idiots, apparently more interested in making money than actually reviewing the game properly. Expand
  4. BrockJ.
    Dec 3, 2006
    As a gamer that's been playing Hawk games since the get-go, I am disappointed in this game, especially hearing how good Project 8 is. The racing style just doesn't do the franchise justice. It's good for killing some time, but makes me yearn for THP8. Expand
  5. SteveW.
    Dec 7, 2006
    Rented this game, played it the first 2 days I had it and havent played it since. The game starts out ok, but very quickly becomes forgettable.
  6. ShawnFlanagan
    Sep 12, 2008
    This game shouldn't have the "Tony Hawk" name attached to it. The only thing that makes it part of the franchise are the character names and the video footage. Otherwise it is a shortly-entertaining demo of what you can do with the Wii. This shouldn't have been sold as a serious game. Collapse
  7. PhillipV.
    Apr 1, 2007
    Every Tony Hawk to date was worth at least a 7. But Downhill Jam completely killed the series. It actually hurt to play this game. On the back of the case they should have a warning that says: "Have paramedics standing by, because of the 90% chance that your eyes will bleed" Expand

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