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9.4

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  • Summary: Get ready for a major new step for the Tony Hawk series. Tony Hawk's Underground tweaks the gameplay of previous installments to include a plot-twisting story, customizable tricks and decks, online play, and the ability to include your own mug shot on your custom player. Of course, you can also play as any one of pro skating's biggest stars including Tony Hawk, Bob Burnquist, and Elissa Steamer. Ride, walk, or drive through nine expansive levels then test your skills against other gamers online. Become a star of the Underground. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. 100
    The story ramps up the difficulty gradually, so you build skills as you go, but there are now four difficulty levels, making THUG totally accessible to newbies.
  2. I'll trade in better sound and graphics and smoother gameplay any day over a few features.
  3. 92
    The gameplay is still as stellar as ever: Neversoft's brilliant collage of on-the-fly experimentation and lighting-fast trick-popping is still as addictive as any drug and as intoxicating as any exotic woman.
  4. The new story-driven model is amusing, but there's far too much chaff amongst the wheat, in the form of gimmicky, pointless missions; dreadful driving; and repetitive "fetch me five of these" goals. [Dec 2003, p.164]
  5. 85
    If Neversoft is doing what I hope they're doing, and that is using THUG as a bridge towards a lot of fully realized ideas then Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 6 is going to be damn awesome.
  6. The ability to roam the level on foot or in a vehicle were great ideas for moving the series forward, but shoddy animations and lousy collision detection make it not worth the effort and wind up dragging down the otherwise stellar gameplay and controls.
  7. They've managed to dilute the entire essence of the extreme sports genre into a cheap, unsubtle and far too easy story-based adventure.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. AlG.
    Nov 1, 2003
    10
    This game is friggin awesome.
  2. JacobB.
    Aug 16, 2004
    10
    This game is sick.
  3. NickG.
    Jan 2, 2004
    10
    This game is awesome, its not just about skateboarding, you also have to get off your board and do something, save a friend from druggies, or get a student's purse back... its awesome, and there are soooo many places to play in.... this is a must have for all TONY HAWK fans! Expand
  4. JeremyM.
    Nov 1, 2003
    10
    It's really cool.
  5. ArttuJ.
    Dec 13, 2003
    10
    The best Tony Hawk game. Beautiful graphics, smooth tricks, good story... Don't miss this.
  6. SteveP.
    Nov 24, 2005
    9
    I've been a fan of the Tony Hawk Games for a wile and this is the best one yet. By Pro Skater 3 I was bord of the same old Skateboarding games. THPS4 gave use some new stuff. But Underground Actualy had a FUN that's right FUN single player mode. Usally I just punch in a corce unlock cheat and play them on Free Skate but I was not only able to beat this one's single player but enjoyed it. It also introduced a story to the game. The THPS games had no story, you just did random tasks to unlock leavles untill you won a compitition and went to the creadits. But this one had a story about a Skater Punk that gose Pro. It's kinda cheassy but it's better than not knowing what the hell your doing for no reason. It's a change for the better. Expand
  7. THPSRULES
    Nov 7, 2003
    4
    This game is not even half as good as it could be. Even though the skateboarding part is good, the part of the driving and running is extremely boring and annoying. This game is also a little bit easier. Expand

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