Conclusion: It’s good to see the Tony Hawk series continue to try to do something different with itself while still maintaining the basic idea of skating. Downhill Jam however is a step in a different direction; not forward, but not really backwards either because I think it does cater to a different skating crowd and because it does have its merits, despite being flawed.
Excerpt: Date: 11/20/2006 The name of this Tony Hawk title should be your first clue that something is different here. Downhill Jam changes the emphasis from pulling off tricks to winning races, all of which take place on steep hills. It’s good to see the Tony Hawk franchise trying new things, but while new is always different, different is not always good. Is Downhill Jam the good kind of different or the bad?
Excerpt: Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam was a departure for the series. Ignoring the Wii-specific control system, the game dumped the open-world play of past games in favor of a SSX -styled, trick-oriented racing game. The PS2 iteration of Downhill Jam is the same game as the Wii version, only without the motion-control, though in its place are a few new multiplayer races and three new characters. Graphically, the PS2 version of Downhill Jam is a few notches below the Wii version.
Excerpt: Even the greatest gaming franchises of all time have taken small side-steps in genre to increase their mass market appeal. Take that chubby little Italian pipe cleaner with the way-out-of-his-league little blonde honey. While the bread and butter of the franchise has always been the adventure games that we’ve been playing since the NES, Nintendo has taken Mario and his entire posse in multiple directions over the years.
Excerpt: Anybody remember the ‘Xtreme’ games for the original PlayStation? There was ESPN Extreme Games (which would late be known as 1 Xtreme), its sequel 2 Xtreme, and the final (and worst) 3 Xtreme. The games have always combined skateboards, rollerblades, bikes, and snowboards and spread them across various stages. It was essentially Road Rash, minus the bikes.
Conclusion: It's hard to know what to be more pissed about -- that this lackluster port was brought over in the first place or that it will still probably sell due to the sheer number of PS2s out there. Don't be one of those people that gets suckered, though, please?
Excerpt: Med et hav af serier i sit navn, er skateboardstjernen Tony Hawk næsten et ligeså godt salgsargument for spil, som en hvilken som helst latexklædt superhelt. Skal man dømme efter de groteske stunts, han har udført i spilform, står Hawk’en heller ikke tilbage for nogen muteret superbøf. Pro Skater, Underground, American Wasteland og Project8 er bare nogle af titler, der er blevet vredet ud af den efterhånden noget slidte franchise.
Excerpt: Indtil videre lader det til at Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam kun vil udkomme til Nintendo’s maskiner. Spillet kom til Game Boy Advance og Nintendo DS i sidste måned og er nu også tilgængeligt på Nintendo Wii, hvor styreformen gør det særligt interessant. Skateboarding handler meget om balance, og med Wii Remoten burde det kunne simuleres bedre end nogensinde før. Den letteste måde at beskrive Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam på, er at kalde det SSX på fire hjul.