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90

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8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 158 Ratings

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  • Summary: Get ready for a totally new breed of the Tony Hawk experience. Play as yourself, not a pro skater, and make your way through a plot-twisting, true-to-life story that takes you from unknown local skate punk to fame and fortune as a superstar skater. For the first time ever, you'll be able toGet ready for a totally new breed of the Tony Hawk experience. Play as yourself, not a pro skater, and make your way through a plot-twisting, true-to-life story that takes you from unknown local skate punk to fame and fortune as a superstar skater. For the first time ever, you'll be able to get off your board and explore 9 expansive levels on foot or by vehicle. Enjoy unprecedented customization by designing and naming your own original tricks through the all-new Create-a-Trick. Or create bigger parks and include your own goals in the expanded Skate Park Editor. After you're done, share your tricks and parks online with your friends. You can even download your own face into the game! And, with all-new online play - new games, stats, and online rankings - you'll have infinite expansion through downloadable content. You're the star...you own the Underground! [Activision] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. From reasonably good-looking graphics to kick-ass sounds (dig those funky KISS tunes!) and more gameplay modes (online as well as off) than most players will know what to do with, the PS2 version of THUG is the most complete extreme sports title ever made for any system EVER.
  2. But for the first time I can remember, an extreme-sports game actually has a real story, honest-to-goodness characters, and a reason to play beyond seeing the next level or beating your last high score.
  3. 95
    This is the best extreme sports game ever made, which makes four times I've said that in one Tony Hawk review or another. I really mean it this time, though.
  4. PSM Magazine
    90
    As addictive and entertaining as ever. [Jan 2004, p.24]
  5. As utterly addictive as any of the earlier titles, you'll gladly pay for the privilege of being left with red-raw thumbs and rigid, claw-like hands.
  6. Some of the new additions are a breath of fresh air, while others feel like they were thrown in simply for lack of better ideas.
  7. Edge Magazine
    50
    The fifth Tony Hawk's title doesn't just suffer because of its embarrassing attempts to be edgy and urban, it's poorer because it lacks the verve and imagination so prevalent in previous iterations. [Christmas 2003, p.122]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 59
  2. Negative: 2 out of 59
  1. GarretS.
    Oct 30, 2003
    10
    This game rules, I got it pre ordered and stayed up all night and beat the entire game in about 12 hours, I finished at about 5 in the This game rules, I got it pre ordered and stayed up all night and beat the entire game in about 12 hours, I finished at about 5 in the morning. It rules. Expand
  2. Nov 25, 2011
    10
    A change of breed doesn't do anything to this game but make it awesome! An extremely revamped Create-A mode setup is shown here, with theA change of breed doesn't do anything to this game but make it awesome! An extremely revamped Create-A mode setup is shown here, with the Create-A-Park mode in this game probably the best part about it. The story is no good, but the Career Mode itself is pretty magnificent. An extremely addictive game in the series, and an instant recommendation to anybody anywhere!! Expand
  3. DaneM.
    Nov 5, 2003
    10
    This game rocks. it is better then all the others. the story mode is great. and the tricks are a good improvement.
  4. JakeG.
    Jul 24, 2006
    10
    This is a great game. Good story line and nice features. The goals are thought out. Theres so much to do so you won't finish this game in a day.
  5. Nov 20, 2019
    10
    So here I am
    Doing everything I can
    Holding on to what I am Pretending that I'm a Superman This is probably one of my most favorite game
    So here I am
    Doing everything I can
    Holding on to what I am
    Pretending that I'm a Superman

    This is probably one of my most favorite game of all time
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  6. Jun 14, 2020
    9
    I decided to give it a high score not because of its story (its nice that its there, but come on), not because of its themes, but because theI decided to give it a high score not because of its story (its nice that its there, but come on), not because of its themes, but because the level design is off the charts here. It really is fantastic game to boot and every little thing from previous games combined with a possibility to get of the deck and still maintain that damn combo results in a great, complex gameplay. You can even get inside some vehicles, but the moment you do that, controls change from godlike to terrible. Expand
  7. jackm
    Jun 3, 2004
    2
    OMG ermmmm can sum one pleez tell me wot dis lame piece of a cr@p is meant 2 b? graphics look like theyve been chucked 2 gether by a 3 yearOMG ermmmm can sum one pleez tell me wot dis lame piece of a cr@p is meant 2 b? graphics look like theyve been chucked 2 gether by a 3 year old, and sum of da trix r retarded like da one where u do a manual wit 2 boards???? im sorry but where da hell does does da other board come from??? AND there is no change wat so ever 2 da other tony hawks, truely dissapointing Expand

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#18 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
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#49 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003