Generally favorable reviews - based on 49 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
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  1. Game Informer
    I'm blown away by how well this title has been ported to PSP. [May 2005, p.136]
  2. The graphics, sounds, and controls are almost spot-on perfect replicas of their console counterpart. This is the best portable version of any Tony Hawk game to date.
  3. Since so much of THUG 2 is dependant on a solid control system, there was some risk that this whole effort could completely backfire. The good news is that didn’t happen.
  4. The graphics in THUG 2 Remix are incredible for a handheld system. It looks almost identical to the PS2 version with only a few drawbacks that are barely noticeable. With the great graphics, the game also sports a very solid framerate and smooth gameplay.
  5. Sure it still has the same issues of the console counterpart, but there's something different and refreshing about having a near perfect conversion on the go.
  6. It's the PS2 version of THUG2 gone handheld, and it lost nothing in the translation. The new added levels are a perfect fit and there is no better example of how to pack a console game's worth of content on a UMD. Period.
  7. 90
    Visually, Tony and friends have never looked better. The frame rate runs super fast, even when you're busting out multiple combos.
  8. 90
    Remix gives PSP owners a massive, compelling experience, while at the same time making the hardware look golden. After all, it's not only a port of a best-selling console game -- it's better!
  9. 90
    While the additions might not be enough for longtime Tony Hawk fans and gamers that played the hell out of "THUG2," there's no denying that this is the best action-sports game ever seen on a handheld system.
  10. When you combine the classic mode with the story mode and all the customization you can have with characters, there is just a bundle of things to do in this game.
  11. An amazing port of the PS2, perhaps the best port of any major title to a handheld yet. Considering the nature of the control scheme I was impressed that the designers managed to keep this game functional and fun to play.
  12. Replay value is enormous, the game is a blast to play even though the main story mode is over relatively quick.
  13. This is a game that you must own - even if you think that you don't enjoy the franchise thus far, the fact is that like Ridge Racers, the THUG2 experience is very complimentary with the whole ethos of PSP.
  14. A total smash from start to finish, and a damn great PSP game that deserves to be even bigger than its console big brother.
  15. The options package is rich and once into a level/scenario, the game moves well. You can waste time in doing freak outs, but there is a purpose to it and players will find the controls work well on the platform.
  16. In the past, shrinking a game down to portable form meant cutting out a number of features, but that doesn't happen here.
  17. 88
    Though I’d like to make one small request – can we please can the “extreme” direction that the series is taking and just make a Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 without the story elements? My brain cells would thank you.
  18. Great control; amazing visuals; addictive gameplay; lots of multiplayer modes.
  19. This one just feels right in all the places that the console version felt old.
  20. 87
    A nearly perfect extended port of the console version. Everything, literally everything, that was in the console versions can be found here.
  21. What is surprising is that this game is essentially a perfect hand-held redux of the console version of Tony Hawk's Underground 2, as opposed to being some stripped-down, 2-D reinterpretation.
  22. This "remixed" version of the original delivers almost everything that was great about the console versions, and with the inclusion of four new levels, the single-player experience has gotten even better.
  23. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    It's fairly shocking that a game this fast works this well on a handheld system. [June 2005, p.108]
  24. 85
    Gnarly. This is a must-own for all PSP skateboarding fans.
  25. 85
    Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Remix could be the best Tony Hawk game ever, but we can't help but feel that the series has reached its peak now.
  26. While you’d need to think long and hard about whether you need THUG2R if you already own THUG2, fans of the series or newcomers who enjoy arcade sports games should be arranging an importation post haste. In fact, we’d even go so far as to say that this is probably the best way to play THUG2.
  27. How in the world they managed to squeeze all the info from the console versions into this one without the PSP suffering a heart attack is beyond me, though it proves that the handheld can handle some depth.
  28. I'm happy to say that THUG 2 Remix looks very similar to its console cousins, which is to say it looks great. Level designs are unique and colorful, not to mention large.
  29. A bit of a dodgy conversion, but otherwise a very good game. This amount of stuff on one UMD is amazing, and the range of things you can do is remarkable. Not perfect, but still great. [PSM2]
  30. 80
    The sheer quantity of content here astounds: Underground's timer-less Story mode, the original-style Classic mode, robust editing options (including the ability to map a mug shot from the memory stick to your created character's head), and requisite Wi-Fi play.
  31. 80
    The entire console game's 50 plus track list has been carried over to the PSP version and it's quite a varied mix of styles.
  32. The transition to the portable system is nearly flawless, and the addition of 4 new maps adds enough variety to appease owners of the console version.
  33. If you’ve never played a Tony Hawk game before, this is the most complete out of all of them and it’s worth a purchase.
  34. An excellent soundtrack and surprising amount of customizability just add to the tasty Remix.
  35. Remix is a damn fine port of a very solid game—it's better than anyone had any right to expect on a handheld and a pretty impressive showcase of what the PSP is capable of.
  36. 80
    Simply put, there are few launch releases that pack in so much content.
  37. In the unlikely event that you're a newcomer, this is as good an example of the series (or indeed the genre) as any other, and not only well stocked but also the only thing like it on the PSP at the moment.
  38. THUG2 Remix's biggest fault is its horrendously poor audio quality. If it wasn't for the voice acting and the rather kick ass soundtrack, the sound would've gotten a flat out zero.
  39. It's disappointing that the developers have resorted to stuffing the series with such stupidity in order to fulfill popular culture's obsession with morons, but if you're willing to ignore this shortcoming, THUG 2 can be a lot of fun.
  40. PSM Magazine
    But if the motion doesn't bother you, you'll absolutely want this. [June 2005, p.83]
  41. 72
    Remix doesn’t offer the new gameplay experience I was hoping for, and if felt like I was just going through the motions all over again, but now with my hands constantly cramping up on me.
  42. Cheat Code Central
    From the graphics to the tight controls and the 50-plus song titles, Underground 2 Remix is hands down the most powerful game ever displayed on a handheld. The fact that it so closely resembles the PS2 version is not just impressive but disappointing. Most of us have already played this game to death.
  43. Edge Magazine
    THUG 2 Remix stand straight and tall, offering the series’ trademark open-ended combo blitzing in the form of a solid repackaging, albeit one that’s more a testament to the PSP’s potential rather than a true exploitation of it. [June 2005, p.94]
  44. 70
    This is by no means the definitive Tony Hawk, but if you’re yet to play THUG 2, it’s certainly a solid enough arena to start.
  45. It's still fun in spurts, but on the whole it doesn't keep interest for very long because most of us have been there before – some of us 6 times now.
  46. The analog stick is a bit confusing. During gameplay, it’s used to rotate the camera while on your board, and used to control the player when you’re off the board. During WiFi play, you can’t rotate the camera at all because it’s only used for controlling your character. This becomes quite confusing.
  47. games(TM)
    Above all, Remix suffers from many of the same issues that ail all but the PS2 versions of the Tony Hawk’s games - there just aren’t enough buttons. [July 2005, p.110]
  48. Pelaaja (Finland)
    PSP’s own version of THUG 2 is almost identical to the PS2 version. The graphics have suffered very little and the possibility to make your own skate parks is omitted. Otherwise, it’s basically the same game as on the PS2. [Sept 2005, p.69]

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#27 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2005
#24 Most Shared PSP Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 42
  2. Negative: 6 out of 42
  1. RyanBrooks
    Jun 28, 2005
    This game is a realy blow back and the graphics are so cool and same with the sound effects!!!
  2. May 7, 2020
    Story - 5/10
    Gameplay - 9/10
    Graphics - 6/10
    Soundtrack - 10/10
    Levels - 8/10
    Replay value - 9/10
  3. ZemZega
    May 18, 2008
    i stoped playing after TH3, so this is my first trip back to a francise that i loved, & i'm saddened, in every level there are only abouti stoped playing after TH3, so this is my first trip back to a francise that i loved, & i'm saddened, in every level there are only about three new objectives, everything else is skate or combo, ect & most of them are ungoddly hard to do. story modes lame, Full Review »