Universal acclaim - based on 34 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
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  1. You can combo off of everything in this game. Seriously I mean everything! Cars, people, sidewalks, buildings, rails, ramps, stop signs... The list goes on and on. The funny thing about all this is Neversoft's Highest Score screen shows a high score of 9.4 million. Yes, my jaw dropped too.
  2. 100
    Strikes a perfect balance between new and old and renders the two previous entries in the series almost completely obsolete in the process.
  3. Next Generation Magazine
    Neversoft’s conspicuously elite design ability has created some of the most challenging, yet most rewarding levels ever conceived in a skateboarding game. [Dec 2001, p.94]
  4. Not only are the graphics significantly improved, they whisk by at a steady pace and feature larger levels with even more interactive environments.
  5. The courses themselves are also graphical masterpieces. The size of the skating environments in THPS3 dwarfs the levels that were found in THPS2 and each level comes to life with rich detail.
  6. 100
    Take the same awesome game play from the first two incarnations, pump up the frame rate to a blistering 60 frames per second, add larger more addictive levels that are full of life and imagination, and enhance the graphics.
  7. 100
    This is THPS at its best. More fun? Can’t have it.
  8. Games Radar
    The introduction of the revert is a handy addition to you stunt arsenal, but it doesn't have the same game-changing effect that the manual had in number two. Which is good, as it adds an extra touch but doesn't meddle with a beautifully balanced control system.
  9. 100
    A rare and beautiful thing, a nearly perfect game.
  10. When it's all said and done, when your eyes have completely dried up after spending 7 straight hours obsessing over massive rail grinds, THPS 3 comes through on its promise to do next-gen justice to the series. There simply is no better skating game available, and for that matter, very few other games that compete, period.
  11. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    The replayability is off the charts. [Dec 2001, p.168]
  12. 100
    This game will not be completed in a weekend – this is one of those rare games that will take a lifetime to play. Not a biggie – you won’t soon be bored with it.
  13. One of the best console games I have played this year. It is that good. The online gameplay is fast with no lag or hiccups.
  14. I simply know that as a total package there is no game on the planet that can captivate me more than THPS3 and for many hours on end no less.
  15. Fast, smooth, detailed, and colorful...THPS3 simply makes the previous games of the series look like battered stepchildren.
  16. Game Informer
    The most rewarding, playable, and addictive game on the Playstation 2. Just wait until you see who the hidden characters are! Skateboarding stalwarts rejoice! [Dec 2001, p.86]
  17. 97
    Should go down in history as one of the best twitch-fests on PS2. Yes, TH3 is that good. The perfect skating game remains just a tiny hair's breadth out of reach, but if you are not satisfied with your purchase of this game, head examinations are recommended.
  18. Doesn't only look better; it also offers more realistic and fluid game play, along with a currently unequaled multiplayer mode that will keep gamers coming back for more.
  19. The visuals are dazzling. Normally, you'd probably be frustrated after losing the 58,976 points you just racked up because you landed sideways. But in THPS3, you'll find yourself screaming, "Sweet!!" after marveling at how cool the pane of glass looked as you shattered it with your airborne body because you didn't land that kick flip.
  20. Once you get used to it, however, tricks will come second nature, and you'll enjoy the view of the humongous levels, which explode in dazzling colors and glorified details.
  21. It's blatantly obvious that the guys at Neversoft know exactly what they're doing.
  22. At least as good as advertised, if not slightly better.
  23. Like so many classics, the fun in Tony Hawk's 3 comes from being given a liberating amount of freedom.
  24. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Neversoft must have made a deal with the devil, because this series refuses to cool down. [Dec 2001, p.246]
  25. If you loved Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 or 2 on any other system, and you are a PS2 owner, this is a must have.
  26. Tony Hawk himself really likes the game and loves getting online with his PS2. You could end up playing against the "man" himself if you're the lucky type.
  27. Everything to love from the first two Tony Hawk games is back, along with more outrageous levels and more outrageous combos thanks to the revert trick.
  28. 90
    There's only one major new technique, which might be disappointing to some fans of the series.
  29. 90
    What's so great about the game, apart from it looking and sounding so good on PS2, is the course design that you get to sample.
  30. It’s simple if you loved the first two titles you need this one, newcomers may be put off as the game is beginning to get more complex.
  31. Isn’t as well implemented as I’d have liked. Enjoyable, for certain, but lacking that unidentifiable combination of speed and ease of movement that makes games like this great, I can’t say that Tony Hawk was a truly excellent title.
  32. While fans of the last installment may at first be disappointed in the apparent lack of notable new features and improvements, there are plenty of additions to be enjoyed after mastering the new options and levels.

Awards & Rankings

#10 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
#10 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2001
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 460 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 78 out of 460
  1. Nov 25, 2011
    An extremely fun game with lots to do and hours of addiction. The game has many places to skate, including a foundry, suburbs, Los Angeles,An extremely fun game with lots to do and hours of addiction. The game has many places to skate, including a foundry, suburbs, Los Angeles, and more! Tons of secrets are buried within the depths of THPS3, like locations from the first Pro Skater, and bonus skaters. Hundreds of tricks and even a PARK EDITOR make this game one of my top 5 favorite video games of all time!! Full Review »
  2. Apr 26, 2011
    10/10 = Masterpiece = Best Sports Game of all-time.
  3. Oct 12, 2013
    THPS3 is definitely my favorite video game of all-time. The Career Mode is once again extraordinary, with bigger and better levels, (exceptTHPS3 is definitely my favorite video game of all-time. The Career Mode is once again extraordinary, with bigger and better levels, (except the Suburbia level it wasn't that good of a level for me) the Park Editor is a downright upgrade to the THPS2 version, Create-A-Skater is much more fun to play around with, and much more. Absolutely everything works in this game. Try it, you will not regret it. Guaranteed. Full Review »