Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Xbox

Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 55 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
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  1. The refinement of an excellent skateboarding engine with a surprisingly boring game built atop it, coupled with some fairly lame humor.
  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. 70
    Looks as if Tony has survived to skate another day, but that shark is still snapping at his heels.
  4. 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]
  5. If you like deliberately subjecting yourself to frustration for little or no reward, surrounded by a group of idiots mocking you, super glue a coin to the ground and attempt to pry it away while screaming obscenities at the top of your voice. It'll be cheaper than wasting your money on this.
  6. 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]
  7. 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

#69 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. JugsterJ.
    Jun 12, 2005
    3
    PS2 port with bad graphics, many of you who played THUG 1st will remember great graphics on xbox but the 2nd is just ported over. If you PS2 port with bad graphics, many of you who played THUG 1st will remember great graphics on xbox but the 2nd is just ported over. If you havent played THUG 1 get that instead and skip THUG 2. Full Review »
  2. MattC.
    Nov 2, 2004
    10
    I was OBSESSED with thug 1, i played it at least two hours a day(thanks to all the customization and a friend for multiplayer) until i gotI was OBSESSED with thug 1, i played it at least two hours a day(thanks to all the customization and a friend for multiplayer) until i got thug 2. i was shakey thinking thug 2 would be really gay, and...IT IS. but it's fun messing around. the levels are really cool and theres some cool new creat-a-things. i suggest people at least try it out if they aren't sure they will love it as much as i do. Full Review »
  3. Moe
    Oct 17, 2004
    8
    It's a mild improvement on THUG 1, but I still see THPS3 & 4 as being the best in the series.