Reviews and Problems with Tony Hawk's American Wasteland
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Tony Hawk's American Wasteland
31 May 2012
Excerpt: What more is there to tell about the umptieth rehash of a game… Since I’ve already seen a lot the game offers this will be a challenge to review… Those of you living on another planet and never heard of this franchise are in for a lot of fun, so I’ll try to put myself in their shoes.
Excerpt: The first of a the new generation of extreme sports titles, Neversoft’s first Tony Hawk game quickly won a legion of fans as a way to skateboard without all the sweat, blood, pain and injury, as well as attracting the attention of ‘hardcore’ gamers as a thumb trainer par excellence.
Excerpt: It seems like only yesterday that Neversoft and Activision created the skating genre with that first PSOne iteration of Tony Hawk’s Skateboarding , but it was actually nearly seven years ago now.
Summary: Parents need to know that this game has a strong anti-establishment attitude. Players steal signature items from places around L.A. to build the ultimate skate park, running from the cops and security in order to do so. Players make cash by spray painting graffiti on walls.
Excerpt: Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk has had the luxury of having his name attached to an excellent series that has incrementally made annual revisions to the formula, not unlike polishing a fine gem to the point where not much more can be done to improve it.
Pros: Lots of modes, including Story, Classic and multiplayer, Gameplay is as refined as possible, Excellent Create-A-Park and Skater modes, Large soundtrack
Cons: Create-A-Skater not available to Story Mode, Online is for experts only, Character models could be better, Not much in the way of gameplay improvements
Excerpt: This is the first time that a Tony Hawk title has had such a contiguous world to skate around in (as opposed to the "global" themes of the other games) as you tour the various areas of the microcosmic City of Angels.
Summary: After all these years of top quality skating simulators you knew Activision would stumble eventually. Although games like Tony Hawk’s Underground 1 and 2 were a departure from the normal Pro Skater series, they still managed to feel fresh and connected to the franchise.
Conclusion: It's the best Tony Hawk game yet, and as someone who's played them all to death, that's no passing comment. Better level design, better presentation and better overall polish, this is THE game to buy if you're a Tony Hawk fan.
Conclusion: To sum up, this really is a return to form for Tony Hawk games as far as I’m concerned (and even the online play works well and seems to be well supported), but I wonder if many may have already been put off thinking it may be just another THUG-esque game.
Pros: It’s about the gameplay again., The old-skool feeling is back!, -, to do., Oh, and Bam is hardly in it at all!
Cons: Some unbalanced missions lead to frustration.
Summary: We all know who this guy is; the younger generation will admire him and want to be him, the older generation will probably envy him! He's loaded, talented and has a really fit wife AND his own games series which is probably one of the biggest series of games there has ever been!