Tony Hawk's American Wasteland Xbox


Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 40
  2. Negative: 1 out of 40
Buy On
  1. games(TM)
    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]
  2. Edge Magazine
    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]
  3. 60
    Unfortunately, there's very little actual innovation in the gameplay here, and the overall package is just starting to feel old.
  4. Play Magazine
    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]
  5. 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.
  6. With the braindead goals, non-charismatic cast of characters, and relatively limited level list, the game is unfortunately relegated to rental status, with its best points making us reminiscent of the days when you actually had to be good to beat a Tony Hawk game.
  7. If you own the prior games, don't bother. If you're new to the franchise, give it a rent.
  8. 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.
  9. The new gameplay additions like the bert slide, nata spins, and the BMX bike really don't make the game any deeper than the other recent TH games. Add to that the short story and classic modes and some disappointing and over-hyped features and what you have is a Tony Hawk game that fails to live up to the expectations set by its predecessors.
  10. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#46 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Sam
    May 23, 2006
    The THPS and rather short THUG series were great, and I was expecting a similar game with some different twists to call it a new game. I got The THPS and rather short THUG series were great, and I was expecting a similar game with some different twists to call it a new game. I got a new game alright, but just a different one than I expected. Basically, the whole game feels like you've won 100% of your Dad's inherritance, but he only had 500 dollars in it. Full Review »
  2. SamM.
    May 7, 2006
    never played a better game i dont no what the others are on about tony hawks has awsome graphix and is almost real this is a most buy.
  3. KyleL.
    Feb 10, 2006
    One word to describe: Stupid! What are these guys rying to do? Cant they just make a realistic/good graphic skateboard game?