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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 by Activision Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
by Activision

Platform: Xbox
ESRB Rating: Teen
ASIN: B00005Y4JF

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Features:
• Skate as the legendary Tony Hawk or choose from a dream team of 12 top skaters
• Exclusive level developed only for Xbox, plus eight other massive living levels
• Enhanced Skatepark Editor and Create-a-Skater (now including female skaters)
• Incredible new tricks, and a "Revert" feature that lets you link vert tricks or bust all new Flatland tricks
• Skate to tracks by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Xzibit, and Alien Ant Farm or create your own mix with the global soundtrack feature
• 1-2 players

Amazon.com Product Description: The living legend of skateboarding, Tony Hawk, brings you into his world in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3. Skate through eight Massive Living levels plus one designed exclusively for the Xbox. With upgraded graphics and the ability to skate to your own music, this is the best Hawk yet.

Customer Reviews:
Awesome! Expect 4 to be even better to!, August 29, 2002
Reviewer: ajcar1992 from Baltimore, MD USA
This game rocks! I love this game and now I can't wait for 4 to come out and be super awesome to! Highly recomended (and so is the 4th one even though it hasn't come out yet.)

Bigger and Badder then Before!!!, August 12, 2002
Reviewer: Nick from Eagan, MN USA
With each new Tony Hawk release comes higher expectations. Tony Hawk 3 met and exceeded those expectations. More eye-boggling special tricks were added as well as the essential Revert trick, which, like the all powerful Manuel, allows players to link tricks together and create HUGE comboes for maximum points. Bigger, more realistic looking levels are just BEGGING to be tricked on. The variety of multiplayer modes will give you and your buds hours and hours of entertainment. Create-a-Park and Create-a-Skater are included again, and have been much improved. Not having to buy tricks or stats (stats have to be FOUND instead), and also being able to outfit your character a LOT more thoroughly makes for a much more innovative gaming experience. Being able to listen to your own music instead of being forced to listen to the game's music can make playing more enjoyable. Ollie, the Magic Bum from THPS2 is a playable character!

There were only a few aspects of the game that I didn't particularily like. The first one is the fact that most of the soundtrack for the game wasn't very good. It was just too mainstream. The other thing I didn't like was that on Create-a-Park, there was a limit to the number of gaps you could make. Something that other people may not like is the control sceme. If you think about it, it's VERY similar to how the N64 controller worked with the Tony Hawk games. It might take a little getting used to, but the controls are fine. If you still don't like the controller, I suggest for you to consider buying the new, smaller, easier button pressing controller made by Microsoft. It's called CONTROLLER S.

Avoiding ending on some bad notes I will simply say this: If you are an Xbox owner or are thinking of being one, then you NEED to get this game.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 stands tall as one of the best console games out there. Expect to see Tony Hawk 4 on all three "next-gen" platforms this holiday season!!!

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, August 1, 2002
Reviewer: A 7-year old gamer
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3rd time is the charm, July 22, 2002
Reviewer: supafunkyj from Rochester, NY, USA
I have owned all three Tony Hawk games, the first 2 on N64 and the 3rd on Xbox. I found this one to be the best of all of them for a couple of reasons.

1. The levels are more complete and are bigger and more interesting. The graphics are also much better, but this is probably just because I played the other ones on N64 which is inferior to the Xbox.

2. This game is not too hard, but not too easy. I found the first game to be extremely easy and I got all 30 tapes with every single character. The second one was a lot harder and I could not get to the last level. Some things just seemed impossible and it was frustrating. THPS3 is in between. Although some of the goals you have to complete are hard, others are relatively easy, and usually you can advance to the next level without becoming very frustrated.

3. The new system of finding the stat points and new decks is much better than the previous two. In the first one you automatically got stat points and decks when you got a certain number of tapes. Then in the second one you had to buy both, which I thought was dumb because you can't just pay to make yourself better (for stat pts). For decks the money thing was fine. Sometimes it is hard to find the decks but it doesn't really matter anyways, its just a different design.

4. This game has great replay value. This is because of the creat a skater and the Make your own skatepark modes. I reaally enjoyed this in the second one and it is better in this version. I don't know if it is just me, but with the tony hawk games I play them for a really long time. I still play the first one!

Overall almost everything about this game is perfect, with only a few minor flaws that aren't that bad. I would reccomend it to anyone who skateboards, has ever watched skateboarding or would just like a game that is fun and has amazing graphics.

Just when you thought Tony Hawk 2 had it all, here comes 3., July 17, 2002
Reviewer: gasscrazy from Midwest, USA
This game is simply amazing. Just when you thought that there couldn't be anything left to grind or jump left in the video game universe, they bring out Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3. With amazing graphics, a fantastic soundtrack, and exciting gameplay, this game is awesome.

The X-Box handles the graphics superbly, and once the enormous levels are loaded there is no lag during your runs. The Soundtrack features some of today's hottest artists, plus theres even the option to load your own songs using the Xbox soundtrack feature.

If you're a fan of the first two Tony Hawk games, or a first timer, then you have to go out and get this game because it is one of the top 5 titles currently available for Xbox.

You have to get this game, it's amazing!

Multiplayer is weak, July 9, 2002
Reviewer: Gadget junkie from Atlanta, GA United States
No races, nor trick contests. Spoiled by SSX Tricky, I suppose.

Great!, June 29, 2002
Reviewer: Mitch from Damascus, Maryland
I was surprised to see how good a third game of a same series could be! I was going to buy THPS 2X until OXM rated THPS 3 better. The graphics are very nicely done, and the level design is big and somewhat if not mostly interactive, such as going through a haunted skate park. The only TWO complaints I have is that the control scheme, using the analog stick to determine the trick, can somewhat be inacurate. Also, in a few levels with the Neversoft girls, when they are crowded around each other and you go slightly next to them they all start pushing around and can get very annoying. I still play this game and a couple codes for this game make the replay value a little better. I just can't wait for more codes to come out! The multiplayer to this game is good, but depending on the type of multiplayer you are using, the splitscreen can seriously get in your way. The best, in my opinion of multiplayer, is the graffiti mode. My friend and I weren't expecting the multiplayer to be any good but we gave the graffiti mode a try and we had a blast playing it in the rio level. The XBOX exclusive Oil Rig level, only available to play in Free Skate mode, is a very fun and big level.

A very good game, June 15, 2002
Reviewer: David Schafer from Richmond, VA
This game is excellent. It's controls are close enough to the original that experienced players will have an immediate handle on it, but the new "revert" allows increased options from THPS 2. For inexperienced players, the game has a very good tutorial.

In response to comments that this game is a copycat of the PS2 version, it's not. It's the same game. They were made at the same time. They were originally scheduled for release at the same time. However, because XBox is a newer system than PS2, programmers are still experimenting with programming styles for its games. XBox's increased power also allowed programmers to create more polygons per second in the game (thus increasing graphics quality). These two factors delayed the game's release. This game was not made by Microsoft or Sony, but by Treyarch and Neversoft, the same people who made the original THPS for N64, PSX and DC and Tony Hawk two for the same systems plus PS 2. The later release is not an issue of Bill Gate's lack of creativity and idea theft from PS 2, but rather the increased power of the XBox and programmer's relative inexperience with it compared to PS 2. I, too, have played the PS 2 version and prefer the XBox version because of it's smooth flow without slowdowns.

The Copy Box, June 12, 2002
Reviewer: Greg from Illinois
I am a PS2 owner, but have one freind who has an XBox. I have Tony Hawks Pro Skater 3 for PS2, and I recently played it for XBOX. On PS2 it gets a deffinite five stars, and on XBOX a 3. Why? The game is alsmost the EXCACT same. XBOX gets a 2. Why? The games that come out are 98% of the time COPOUTS of PS2 games.

Can Bill Gates and his billion dollar industry come up with some friggin originality? No body wants to play the same game after it came out 6 months ago on the PS2! You XBOX people are boring and unoriginal. Get a life and stop copying for God's sake, and the video game world's sake. P.S. There is one game franchise that happens to be the #1 game franchise you can never touch. Grand Theft Auto III, and other Grand Theft Auto games that come out (The next one comes out in October)

Realistic game:, May 30, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from United States
I used to skateboard when I was younger. This game almost has the same feel of being on a board again (except for the occasional broken bones). One of the best features of this game is that you are able to play your own music. I do not like all of the trashy music on the game, so I put some of the Inspirations Gospel quarter on my game (they are a Christian group). One flaw that I have seen is that sometimes the levels are a tad bit difficult. Also, one time while skating [in the Canada level] I fell off the mountain/cliff and then I started skating on the sky, with the skate park up above me <shrug>. I suppose this was just a glitch that crawled its way onto the programmer's table (?). Overall, this game is a good game, with many options (creat a skater, park editor, etc.). I currently have 4 Xbox games and this is one of my favorites. :)


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