Excerpt: Tony Hawk has been the unofficial figurehead of skateboarding since the earliest days of the sport's success. He has invented tricks, competed professionally, run equipment companies and guided the pastime to where it is now. Yet despite all this, it is almost certainly his signature video game titles that have turned him into a household name.
Excerpt: The graphics in Tony Hawk's Project 8 are excellent. The Pro skater models look just like the real people. Well, actually they look more like Muppet versions of the people. The motion capture is well done, but sometimes the lip synching seems to be showing a little less movement than the people would actually be doing. This is just a note, however.
Excerpt: Tony Hawk's skateboarding games usually need no introduction - up to version eight of the much loved series as we are. Previous versions have edged the series forward determinedly, but undramatically, with the addition of new features. But THP8 blows the doors off with an all-new game engine re-built from the ground up. The result is an improved physics engine - and a game that simply feels better then all the previous versions.
Excerpt: Throughout the years sports games evolved from the classic soccer and basketball simulations. While Pro Evolution Soccer and NBA Live still have the biggest player base, some of the more radical games still managed to break through. The SSX snowboarding series comes to mind, or the even more of the hook basketball arcade franchise NBA Street. What is the thing that all of these games have in common that separates them from their more serious cousins? Tricks.