Universal acclaim - based on 27 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
  3. Negative: 0 out of 27
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  1. 100
    The levels are not only more interactive, but they're also enormous - much larger than those from "THPS3." [Nov 2002, p.50]
  2. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Makes a mockery of "Hawk 3" - you'll see. Funny, smart, richly entertaining and superbly crafted, Hawk 4 is more in the same class as "Grand Theft Auto III." [Dec 2002, p.178]
  3. Cheat Code Central
    All I can say is this year's installment puts all others to shame.
  4. GameNow
    Even the simple removal of the two-minute timer brings an unrestrained joyous expression to my face. [Jan 2003, p.50]
  5. 100
    The first thing gamers will notice is that the levels are huge, the goals are plentiful, and basically its everything you know and love about Tony Hawk, except bigger.
  6. Play Magazine
    Where else can you skate to Iron Maiden, AC/DC, De La Soul, Public Enemy and the Sex Pistols? "Evolution Skateboarding"? Yeah, right! [Dec 2002, p.76]
  7. netjak
    The same great Tony goodness is back with better graphics, more and cooler tricks (read: lazy a$$ manual), better sound, and the whole damn game has been completely revamped. The replay value goes through the roof.
  8. 96
    Featuring a lovely variety of online-multiplayer games based on the best trick system in gaming, THPS4 is terribly addictive and ridiculously fun.
  9. The sound effects are even more disturbing than previous games with crunching bone sounds that will leave most people cringing the first few times.
  10. Anyone with even a remote interest in either the genre or the real-life sport should purchase this game as soon as possible.
    Short of smacking your knees with a sledgehammer and scraping your face with a cheesegrater, the genre couldn’t really feel much more realistic (and no, none of us plan to stand on one of those daft ‘skateboard PS2 peripherals’ either).
  12. Updated Career mode? Check. New tricks? Check. Online play? Check. Hopelessly addictive gameplay? Check! Yup, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 just about has it all.
  13. Unrivaled in just about every aspect, as the sound, visuals, and controls once again set a new standard for these types of extreme sports game.
  14. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone who has enjoyed a previous THPS game, as it is easily the biggest and best one yet. There are a ton of goals to complete, insanely hard challenges that'll keep you coming back, and the best online play yet.
  15. Game Informer
    This game does retain its glory, but you actually have to work, and work hard, to find it. [Dec 2002, p.106]
  16. Whether you're struggling to pop an ollie, or reverting your way to a 57-string combo - Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 will keep you enthralled long into the winter. [GamesMaster]
  17. 93
    Easily the best Tony Hawk game yet, and online multiplayer makes it the best complete package in the genre.
  18. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    The game's goals are so diverse, you can't help but come back for more, if only to see what outrageous challenges await you next. [Dec 2002, p.226]
  19. A great online game that will give you tons of replayability long after you are done playing its single player mode. Hats off to Neversoft for creating such a stable online environment with GameSpy.
  20. Even if you aren't interested in the online portion, Activision and Neversoft have still nailed down another extremely solid sequel to the Tony Hawk franchise.
  21. The end-all-be-all of skating games. Highly recommended, but also highly difficult.
  22. PSM Magazine
    The total package is a much bigger leap forward than "Hawk 3" in almost every way. [Holiday 2002, p.42]
  23. Definitely a solid game and the best in the series, just a tiring genre that is no longer as exciting as it once was.
  24. The challenges are now more plentiful, innovative and complex than ever before.
  25. With the new moves, combos and improved online play you’ll be playing this one forever.
  26. Entertainment Weekly
    With timeless beats like De La Soul's "Oodles of O's" plus pre-Mortal Kombat combos (which don't require memorizing 56 moves), you'll forget you actually bought this game for your kid. [25 Oct 2002, p.83]
  27. Freed from time constraints, you now accomplish level-specific goals—like outmaneuvering skater-busting cops—to advance while on the lookout for secret minigames.

Awards & Rankings

#12 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
#6 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 208 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 18 out of 208
  1. ZiggyStardust
    Nov 7, 2002
    Another great sequel for a quickly evolving series. They've added the spine transfer which allows ya to line up with where you're Another great sequel for a quickly evolving series. They've added the spine transfer which allows ya to line up with where you're about to land once airbourne. The career mode is now much more challenging, and longer (190 goals). It's also open ended. The career mode isn't limited to 2 minute bursts like before. It's surprisingly much more enjoyable this way. Levels are also a little more realistic this time around. On the negative side of things, a couple of the goals where Tony gets to take a break from skating (tennis and dodge monkey poo) have unbelievably bad animation. Going from great next gen graphics, to completely horrendous is a little shocking. Thankfully, the bad animation is only there for 2 of the 190 goals, so it's a pretty minor. A great game! Full Review »
  2. LividFiction
    Nov 26, 2006
    Whenever I think of skateboarding games, my mind immediately jumps to THPS4
  3. CoryK.
    May 2, 2005
    This game is the best TH game ever. There is so much to do and the addition of talking to people to get objectives is cool. The gameplay has This game is the best TH game ever. There is so much to do and the addition of talking to people to get objectives is cool. The gameplay has kept evolving and this is the end product of 4 years of improvement. Full Review »