The Story Mode is decidedly different in that it doesn’t feel like a rehash of THUG and the inclusion of Classic Mode is brilliant—that’s without accounting for the expansive customizable and multiplayer options. Simply put, this game is skating nirvana.
Absolutely fantastic, it's punk atmosphere was fascinating and exciting back then. It has so much personality it compensates for everything else. Me and my brother played this game over, and over, and over... for years.
The entire single-player campaign just ruins what could have been a truly excellent sequel to what was a flawed but strong new entry into a well-established franchise. Instead, it feels as if Neversoft did not want to improve on what needed work and then prayed that players would not notice.
You could play this game for hours on long because there are so many areas to skate, dozens of Career Mode options, and a brand-new Classic Mode. The narrative, which centers on the World Destruction Tour, is really bizarre. Other than that, the Tony Hawk series gets yet another 10! An immediate recommendation!
Tons of places to skate and lots of Career Mode as well as the new Classic Mode make the hours you spend playing this game endless. The story revolves around the World Destruction Tour, and is very twisted. Other than that, yet another 10 for the Tony Hawk series! An instant recommendation!
Just like Tony Hawk's Underground was the first game I ever loved, the sequel was the first game I was ever excited for. I have memories of seeing the commercials before release and talking to others about it before I was able to play it for myself and I'm almost 100% sure this was the first time I was hyped for a game release.
I was not disappointed either. THUG 2 maintained the smooth, addicting gameplay of the previous Tony Hawk games while adding upon it as well as taking the crude humor of the series and amplifying it to 11. Considering I was super young at the time, that was right up my alley.
THUG 2 has a massive tonal shift from the first Underground, ditching the serious plot for flat out chaos. You have to understand the context that this game was released in, pro skateboarder Bam Margera was in the peak of his popularity at this point thanks to Jackass and his MTV show Viva La Bam. Anything with his name on it made absolute bank during this time period. For that reason, this game has Bam all over it. The tone is much more in line with Jackass and the game tries to make you laugh even more often than the previous entries. It's also got a lot of gimmicks. Graffiti has been added to the game, serving very little purpose. On top of that, they've also added characters who don't skate. They either ride a motorized moped, a go kart, a mechanical bull, you name it. Skateboarding is still the focus but it feels a lot more an overall mayhem simulator than previous entries.
Does this retract from the quality of the game? For the most part, I don't entirely think so. The skating is still as good as it ever was and even when you ignore the vehicle characters and the graffiti, the game still has a good amount of content just meant for skating.
The levels are still very good and not all the new additions were gimmicks. Classic Mode has arrived, making a return of the old time limit style of playing that put the series on the map.
Overall, it's a really good game and one of the ones I look back to fondest when thinking of my childhood. I also don't mind that they made this more of a Bam Margera's Pro Skater game. I was a huge fan of him at the time and upping the ante on the mayhem served as a breath of fresh air, despite having its pros and **** story is quite a bit shorter than THUG 1's though, that's probably my biggest fault with the game.
I beat this game in July of 2020 after beating it countless times before.
I was excited to play TONY HAWK'S UNDERGROUND 2 after playing the first one, but i quickly found out how horrible this game is, the gameplay was boring even though is was similar to the first one which should mean its better but its not, the game felt different in its humour, style and story. the first underground had a good story, not amazing but was unique, Underground 2 feel like a **** road trip movie crossed over with jackass characters i'm upset that the game changed but not a good way, they tried to make tony hawk funny was not a good try, they also put in jackass cast which made the game less tony hawk then a tony hawk could ever be, i like jackass but not in my tony hawk's game. i know this game is 13 years old but it really pissed me off.
SummaryYou've been chosen by Tony Hawk to take on Bam Margera as your teams go on a World Destruction Tour. It's time to go globetrotting on an insane road trip. THUG 2 grinds in with a hilarious story mode, an unprecedented level of customization, and more moves than the Skate Gods could dream of. Grab your board, an arsenal of spray-paint... ...