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  • Summary: No levels. No load times. Just never-ending action that doesn't stop until you leave the game. Tony Hawk's American Wasteland gives you - for the first time ever in a Hawk game - the freedom to skate, or bike, throughout a rich, expansive open environment. Once you arrive in Los Angeles, theNo levels. No load times. Just never-ending action that doesn't stop until you leave the game. Tony Hawk's American Wasteland gives you - for the first time ever in a Hawk game - the freedom to skate, or bike, throughout a rich, expansive open environment. Once you arrive in Los Angeles, the vast city that gave birth to skate culture, the sky's the limit as you progress through the Wasteland story and choose missions that will have you immersed in the action without ever skating the same line twice. New on the board tricks include the Bert slides, Natas spins handstands, and one-footed grinds and manuals. New off the board tricks include wall runs, wall flips, and charged jumps. Choose Board Or Bike: For the first time, you can choose to ride BMX bikes throughout the entire game, with all-new physics, a BMX specific control system and several BMX-specific goals. Customize Like Crazy: Enter and explore dozens of shops in game to customize your gear and your look! Check out skate shops, barbershops, tattoo parlors, and clothing stores as you accomplish goals and earn cash. [Activision] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 44
  2. Negative: 1 out of 44
  1. It's the best Tony Hawk game yet, and as someone who's played them all to death, that's no passing comment. Better level design, better presentation and better overall polish, this is THE game to buy if you're a Tony Hawk fan.
  2. The tweaks to the core gameplay, the addition of the BMX moves, and the inclusion of a massive city to skate around in are definitely appreciated.
  3. I’m not blown away, I’m merely shackled to my PS2 with unheard-of addictiveness.
  4. The chance to skate a virtual LA will appeal to Tony Hawk fans and those new to the series will find the story mode a great way to quickly learn how to be a sick video skate rat.
  5. While the gameplay in Tony Hawk's American Wasteland is still sharp, and the game still looks and sounds just fine, this seventh installment just seems to lack that special spark that made the series so much fun in the first place.
  6. 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.
  7. Computer Games Magazine
    40
    All told, it's big loss if you decided to give Tony Hawk a rest for a year. [Jan 2006, p.91]

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  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Aug 20, 2018
    10
    American Wasteland is the best skateboarding game for the PS2. The open world is amazing, the trick system is the most refined it's ever been,American Wasteland is the best skateboarding game for the PS2. The open world is amazing, the trick system is the most refined it's ever been, the graphics are breathtaking (for a PS2 game!), and the story mode is the best one yet. If you've got a PS2, like the Tony Hawk series, and don't have this game, then you are living under a rock. BUY THIS GAME. Expand
  2. Jan 12, 2019
    10
    Tony Hawk's American Wasteland is easily one of the best in the series! This game is so much fun to play with a great story mode and severalTony Hawk's American Wasteland is easily one of the best in the series! This game is so much fun to play with a great story mode and several necessary refinements to the gameplay. The design of the game looks fantastic with various levels from Hollywood. Also, the soundtrack in this game is fantastic with several iconic bands and several original recordings of punk rock covers exclusively made for the game. There is even a BMX mode which is different from skateboarding but still awesome. I cannot understand why this game got lower scores, but it's likely from the open world being misleading. However, this is not an issue for me as a Tony Hawk fan. As a Tony Hawk video game fan, Tony Hawk's American Wasteland will always be one of my favorites in the series. Expand
  3. rossh
    Oct 15, 2009
    10
    i dont know why anyone can dislike this game, i honestly think that its the best ps2 game ever (and better than any game on another platform,i dont know why anyone can dislike this game, i honestly think that its the best ps2 game ever (and better than any game on another platform, for that matter), the BMX part played a v?tal part, as d?d the completley load?ng screen-free game world, and the soundtrack (? have fallen ?n love w?th astro zomb?es (my chem romance(covered from the m?sf?ts)) and ever fallen ?n love (thursday(covered from buzzcocks))) Expand
  4. Rhys
    Mar 28, 2006
    9
    Bloody Awesome but the hallways to other locations such (it really is a different load screen) but hay that dosen't bring down the game Bloody Awesome but the hallways to other locations such (it really is a different load screen) but hay that dosen't bring down the game Rock on! Tony Hawk and Neversoft Expand
  5. May 15, 2019
    8
    The best Tony Hawk game in my opinion. Fully customizable characters, can buy new clothes, haircut, etc. You can destroy landmarks to add toThe best Tony Hawk game in my opinion. Fully customizable characters, can buy new clothes, haircut, etc. You can destroy landmarks to add to your own personal park which the plot revolves around protecting. The story is the one of the few Tony Hawk stories worth caring about Expand
  6. Apr 1, 2013
    8
    Free roam is an interesting and fun part of this game. Another Tony Hawk game that I spent money on and finished overnight. A reason to loseFree roam is an interesting and fun part of this game. Another Tony Hawk game that I spent money on and finished overnight. A reason to lose sleep when you're in elementary school Expand
  7. LividFiction
    Nov 26, 2006
    7
    It's not quite as fun as THUG2 but is certainly better than the year-old potato-chip staleness that is THUG.

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