Reviews and Problems with Tony Hawk's American Wasteland
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Amazing skating game, amazingly bad behavior.
Common Sense Media
10 February 2014
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. In addition, players can hit each other with skateboards, and the game's outrageous moves lead to spectacular crashes, complete with blood.
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. After two years of Tony Hawk's Underground , the series has made another shift in theme.
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: 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. The game has spawned a string of sequels and an even greater number of imitators as the franchise has gone from strength to strength.
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. The series has fallen into line with the yearly release schedules, and this somewhat strangely entitled edition ‘ American Wasteland ‘ is set to bring the normal updates and features that we’ve come to expect.
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. It's pleasing to see that everything essentially works together, with individual areas connected by fully skateable interstitial tunnels in lieu of loading screens.
Excerpt: Tony Hawk's American Wasteland is the seventh addition to Neversoft's skateboarding franchise. As an avid fan of the series, it's cool to think back to the Pro Skater days of manuals, reverts, and two-minute runs. Then came the Underground series, with a Story Mode and off-the-board moves.
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. I hope not, as many old fans will be missing out on what I feel is without a doubt the best game in the series for a long time.
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.