Reviews and Problems with Tony Hawk's American Wasteland
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Replay value 7
Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland
21 June 2006
Summary: THAW may not be that hard no matter which way you cut it, but it is still as addictive as any Tony Hawk titles. You have the story mode and the classic mode to go through, and when you are done with that you can finally play on Xbox Live. The strange thing is, there is something different about this one, like it was a bit rushed, and that doesn’t reward you at all.
Conclusion: is right up there and definitely headed in a better direction than the way Underground went. There is nothing inherently wrong with the gameplay to keep it from getting a really high score. The trick system is solid, the online play is great, and the single player experience is good enough. The only real problem with the game is that we've simply had too much of Tony Hawk over the years, without a lot of innovation.
Excerpt: Tony Hawk's American Wasteland marks the third incarnation of the immensely popular series. Is it a worthy successor to THPS and THUG? Well, do BMX bikes and the French sport of freestyle walking, aka Le Parkour, turn you on? They should. And does a seamless recreation of Los Angeles help? It might. And what about online multiplayer for Xbox owners? It's about time. Veteran skate punk, Jeremy, put thumb to controller to give you this review.
Pros: ups: All of the greatness of the series, now with a seamless landscape, online play, co-op Classic Mode, and BMX!
Cons: downs: Some performance issues, story shortcomings, and no online park editor.
Excerpt: You can tell that Neversoft, the developers of Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland, really like making the games. While other developers seem to get bored with their series and run out of ideas after just the first game, Neversoft keeps chugging along, constantly expanding on the series in every incarnation.
Excerpt: Don't let the recent name changes fool you. Tony Hawk's American Wasteland is the seventh Tony Hawk game developed by Neversoft in as many years. Over the years the series has had installments that made dramatic changes to the formula, but the more recent installments have focused less on gameplay or structural changes and more on including a story.
Pros: Compelling story mode, Interesting BMX trick system, Game contains a healthy dose of crunk juice, Compelling story mode, Interesting BMX trick system, Game contains a healthy dose of crunk juice
Cons: The whole game is very short, Story mode holds your hand every step of the way, Classic mode contains old levels that aren't exactly "classic", Minor but noticeable bugs, Connected city areas aren't connected as smoothly as you might think, The whole game is very short, Story mode holds your hand every step of the way, Classic mode contains old levels that aren't exactly "classic", Minor but noticeable bugs, Connected city areas aren't connected as...
Conclusion: THAW shows that the series isn't dead yet, but like THUG2 it's really hard to see what they can do with the series in the future. The addition of Xbox Live means fans can finally compete and rank themselves against each other online, and it's more than worth the price for that. But if you've played THUG and THUG2, then THAW isn't all that different and if you're expecting a revelation in the series then you will not get it.
Pros: welcome return to trick based gameplay, the BMX is really fun to ride, new tricks and animations that look cool, finally- Xbox live enabled, no loading screens between areas.
Cons: some graphical glitches, voice acting not that great, no real improvements to the gameplay