Mixed or average reviews - based on 59 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 59
  2. Negative: 0 out of 59
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  1. Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground is easily the best Tony Hawk game to date. Everything from the varied career mode, new gameplay features and video editor come together in a great, cohesive package.
  2. The ultimate evolution of the Tony Hawk franchise. It contains the perfect mix of next-gen technology while holding true to the core skating elements and quality gameplay that has made this the definitive skateboarding title for more than a decade.
  3. Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground does it again. The team at Neversoft has taken a great game and improved it like we’ve seen time and time before.
  4. Tony Hawk games have evolved over time, and this title shows that it has an eye on the future, and keeping the franchise fresh. There is a distinct focus to make this game have a certain atmosphere, and it succeeds. This is my new favorite in the series.
  5. The smoothest, best looking and prettiest Hawk game of the lot. It really has been tweaked to perfection. It's going to be impossible to improve on this one next year. [Dec 2007, p.84]
  6. There are a lot of things that will keep you occupied for months on end, without even going that in-depth with the “career” mode. If you are a fan of this series then picking up this game is a no-brainer.
  7. While I can’t say that all of the modes were a hit for me, there is a great deal to like in this new outing with Tony Hawk.
  8. It's unbelievably refreshing, liberating even, to jump into a world free from the laws of gravity after being tied down by Skate's restrictive utopia.
  9. While the Tony Hawk franchise soars once again, it certainly hasn’t flown into the same stratosphere of excellence reached by earlier Tony Hawk games.
  10. 85
    There's no denying that the Tony Hawk franchise has some life left in it and Proving Ground is yet another satisfying entry in the dominant skateboarding franchise. But here's hoping they start to innovate again next year, because if they don't, their competition might just leave them in the dust.
  11. Proving Ground isn't the best Tony Hawk title, but it sure is nice to have him come back, hang out and remind us all just how cool he used to be.
  12. Games Master UK
    Not a revolution, but still addictive, and different enough from "Skate" to matter. [Christmas 2007, p.82]
  13. The big question on everyone’s mind is which is better: EA’s "Skate," or Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground? We’re going with Tony on this one, though by a slim margin. The core of the game is just much stronger with the full complement of tricks, more reliable controls, far more interesting objectives, a vastly superior video editing tool, and a lot more content in general.
  14. Pelit (Finland)
    Proves itself as yet another entertaining instalment of the ever continuing series. All the elements that first made the series great are still there, but the new simplistic visual style with its knee-high camera and the downright ugly surroundings do put a damper on the mood. [Dec 2007]
  15. Although Tony Hawk's Proving Ground is not incredibly ground breaking or innovative it is definitely a solid addition to the franchise.
  16. Official Xbox Magazine
    The revolution, this year, belongs to EA's "Skate", but evolution remains Proving Ground's domain. [Holiday 2007, p.76]
  17. Other than a few little issues this game has a ton of things going for it. From the freedom, the tight control, the music, options, impressive cast of pro skaters with some exciting videos, ramps, pipes, and rails, at every turn.
  18. Maxi Consolas (Portugal)
    Nobody can take away what this franchise did to the genre. But it’s hard to shake the feeling that we’ve played this before. Tony Hawk’s team seems to be running out of ideas and with “Skate” as a strong newcomer, they really need to change. But it’s still a fun game that old fans of the Birdman will appreciate. [Dec 2007
  19. The Video Editor will keep you busy for hours and the mixture of old and new gameplay components are more than enough to keep it from losing speed.
  20. 80
    A great game; albeit a game in desperate need of a reboot. The series is still fun but it hasn't evolved in such a long time that it is starting to show it's age.
  21. The addition of the new Aggro Kick, which lets you build up speed with timed button presses, is pure genius. Having the ability to smoothly go online and enjoy multiplayer is absolutely fantastic, but the single-player experience is more chore than score, and brings down the whole experience because of its uninspired design.
  22. One thing I thought at first wouldn't be really entertaining, the skate video editing, turned out to be truly innovative.
  23. Sure, some of the new features are nice; the editing films feature is the best thing about this game. If you’ve only just recently gotten into skating games, then Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground is worth checking out. However, for Tony Hawk’s veterans, it may be time to start looking elsewhere.
  24. The Tony Hawk's series is still in a dire need of a complete overhaul no matter how good the small and subtle improvements to the series are. Since EA and Black Box brought us .skate the bar has been raised and if Neversoft are going to compete they need to start thinking out of the box rather than further improving features that already worked so well in Tony Hawk's Project 8.
  25. It’s odd that a game with so much new content could feel so familiar, but such is the case with Proving Ground. I think it’s time for Neversoft to go back to the drawing board and seriously attempt to innovate if they ever expect this Hawk to fly as high as it once did.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 47
  2. Negative: 20 out of 47
  1. Oct 12, 2020
    At first Tony Hawk´s Proving Ground seems pretty fresh and fun. The new gameplay features and the career mode sound great. But the more IAt first Tony Hawk´s Proving Ground seems pretty fresh and fun. The new gameplay features and the career mode sound great. But the more I played, the more I realized how repetitive and frustrating the game is. And as a fan of the old arcade Tony Hawk games, I was heavily disappointed! Very mediocre... Full Review »
  2. Nov 3, 2018
    Tony Hawk's Proving Ground is a major disappointment and by far the worst game in the series! There are a few positives like the video editorTony Hawk's Proving Ground is a major disappointment and by far the worst game in the series! There are a few positives like the video editor and soundtrack, but they are all overshadowed by the game's abundance of flaws. This game has way too many new gameplay features that are either useless or completely shoehorned into the game. However, the worst part has to be the poor mission structure. This ruins the entire game! Several of the missions were either ridiculously frustrating or the directions never made sense. After a few times playing this game, I never came back after a while and that's because it's a bad game. I can tell that it was going to be bad from the start with EA Skate coming out the same year, and Neversoft was also developing the excellent rhythm game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock which also came out the same year. Please just skip this game! There are much better skateboarding games and the previous games in the Tony Hawk series were way better and much more fun than this game. Full Review »
  3. Aug 7, 2014
    I didn't like it at all... Much worse than tony half underground remix 2 ....................................... This is to make up the 150 characters