Reviews and Problems with Tony Hawk's American Sk8land
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Tony Hawk's American Sk8land
5 February 2006
Excerpt: Since gracing the original PlayStation back in 1999, Tony Hawk has made his way onto 15 different platforms since. The game shifted a little bit in its transition onto the Game Boy Advance when it took on its isometric 3D engine. Many enjoyed those games, but most would agree that the console versions were much more appealing. Nintendo has finally released a handheld that could handle the 3D Tony Hawk experience…sort of.
Excerpt: When Activision released Tony Hawk's Underground 2 on the Game Boy Advance, I reeled in disgust at how there weren't any real upgrades to the isometric viewpoint or the erratic control scheme or the aged visuals. I was even more disgusted that they spent so much more time not only revamping the console version for the PlayStation Portable version, but also adding additional stuff to the game.
Excerpt: You’re standing on the top of a wooden ramp, overlooking the vast concrete wasteland that makes up the local skate park. You’ve been perfecting your mad skills for years, and your trusty skateboard is almost like an extra limb. You’re about to perform a stunt that will either win you fame and recognition, or leave you crippled and sprawled in the dirt. This is your big moment, the one chance that will boost or doom your career as professional skater.
Excerpt: There are only a few sporting games that I can honestly say I enjoyed. The majority of these few would be from the Tony Hawk series and this new entry to not only the Tony Hawk series but also the new Nintendo Wifi game library is no exception. With a slew of options, customisability and outstanding first generation online play this game is everything and delivers everything, even if it does have some small shortcomings.
Conclusion: In the end, American Sk8land has all the things that really make a Tony Hawk game. Great gameplay, graphics, game modes, and the extra online features give the game quite a bit of content for a little portable game. This game will easily appeal to fans and new Tony Hawk players alike. The overall polish of the game is excellent and ranks among some of the best DS titles available.
Excerpt: The Tony Hawk franchise has been through all sorts of highs and lows (often the latter in recent years), but the series remains a strong seller and a favourite of many gamers across the world. Activision seems to have a knack for putting the Birdman on every single available format, so it was no surprise when they announced Tony Hawk’s American Sk8land for the Nintendo DS.