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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 by Activision Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4
by Activision

Platform: Xbox
ASIN: B00006LELT

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Features:
• Expanded career mode
• Skich on the back of a car
• Skate through traffic
• Tons of new environments
• Single- and multi-player modes; online enabled

Amazon.co.uk Preview: Just in case you didn't know, the Tony Hawk series is the best skateboarding sim ever--and now, with the release of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4, it's even more so. As many young hipsters are aware, skateboarding is taken far more seriously nowadays than any child of the '70s could ever have imagined it would be, with legions of baggily trousered youth able to refer to moves such as a "bluntside" or an "overcrook" with perfectly straight faces. Indeed, the list of silly names for ridiculously dangerous stunts has been increased for this latest sequel, and you can now "skitch" (hold on to the back of a moving car) and grind through traffic. Such minor additions aside, though, the big new change is career mode, which has specific goals and milestones for all the different skaters, adding to replayability.

Curiously, the graphics are still not particularly good, with the same slightly muddy, undefined look that the developers presumably think is all part of the fun. Although they have thankfully realized that having time limits for the levels was unnecessary so that now, except for a few specific missions, you have all the time in the world to graze your knees and cave in your skull. This one looks, as the kids on the street say, sick. --David Jenkins

Customer Reviews:
this game rockS!, November 12, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from kansas city,KS USA
this game was by far the best out of the series by far it was super fun and so detailed to even scrathes on the board the more you rode it and you even got bloodier as you crashed over and over again, i once even played foR an hour just to see how bloody i could get!I would definetly recomend this game to anyone who liked the other games in the series or even if you didnt like the others this one is definetly worth a shot!i loved this game and couldnt stop playing it until my mom had to get out a crowbar and ply the controller out of my hands so i could go to school!...

Hours and hours and hours of fun, November 3, 2002
Reviewer: 16x9 aspect ratio from Pico Rivera, CA USA
If you buy this game don't make any plans this weekend because I gurantee you'll be playing it for days. I just bought it and I must say that I am really impressed with how challenging the levels are which makes the game all the more fun. The graphics are great and the soundtrack is awesome. If you are a skater (or former skater like me) or if you are into really fun and challenging games then this will not disappoint.

TONY HAWK PRO SKATER 4, November 1, 2002
Reviewer: A 12-year old gamer
This game kicks [butt]! Many people might not like the new carrer mode. This time you skate around in a freeskate in the carrer mode, then you go up to a person with a red arrow them. Push B and they give you a goal. Then a timer will start. There is a total of 190 goals. When you finish 90 of those goals you unlock Pro goals. These goals are much tuffer. Each skater has their own goal.

All the other things like create a skater, park editer,2 player all return too. This is the best Tony Hawk ever, so buy... it buy it now

The best of the series by far, October 29, 2002
Reviewer: Stephen from Wesley Chapel, FL
All the skaters from the previous games and the money is back (from THPS 2) its not the same though. You dont buy skill points you earn them by doing stuff people tell you to do, you buy levels, characters, clothes, decks, cheats, ect. There are no time limits in levels and you have to find and talk to people to get stuff to do like combo's, high score challenges and tricks. Every pro has his or her own specific pro challenge. There are new tricks like skitchin on the back of cars, new manuals like pogo and handstand. Every level has its own and different kind of competition like normal high score, combo competion, flat land comp, ect. S K A T E is back (where you collect all the letters) and now there is C O M B O, which is like skate but you need to collect all the letters in one combo. There is luge skating/racing, speed skating, target practice, ect. Mini games are in level such as tennis and home run derby (you hit with your board), cat fight (bet on the winner), and much more. There wil be on-line support on X-box (2-8 players). The challenges start out easy but soon you get much tougher ones. All this and much more is included in Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4.

Ridiculously Difficult!, October 28, 2002
Reviewer: liquidrhino from Miami, FL USA
Pros:
- The levels are much bigger, brighter with alot of added (and much needed) detail (the 1:1 scale Alcatraz level is graphically stunning to say the least).
- Skating/Combo lines are plentiful to keep the tricks coming.
- Objectives are fun and fresh, progressive, not all at once.
- No stage time limit
- MANY UNLOCKABLES & MINI-GAMES!

Cons:
- Stupid hard! (this game is definately not aimed for beginners or newbies to the THPS series.)
- All the objectives are timed (this is not totally a con, but the time limits are VERY restraining for some objectives)
- If you've played them before, there's not too much new to see other than a couple of added tricks, levels, and movies.

Should have supported xbox LIVE..., October 25, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Smyrna, GA United States
...It doesn't support LIVE although it does support the other...third party online play. If you have a PS2 its a good game. The graphics aren't great but the gameplay is good. If you don't plan to play it online...go for it. Seems like a pretty straight forward game. If you liked the other THPS games...you will like this one.

Here is what we do know..., September 19, 2002
Reviewer: jkunzvt from USA
Tony Hawk 3 is one of the greatest games for the Xbox, and Tony Hawk 4 looks just as promising. Since Amazon really doesn't have any information about TH4 up yet, I thought I would offer some info courtesy of Gamespot.com:

The game features a totally redesigned career mode, one that takes away the standard two-minute time limit and instead applies time limits as you discover and start goals. Level goals are hidden in the new game, and some goals appear on the level only after certain previous goals have been completed. Also, the game will have multiple tiers of goals. Completing all of a level's amateur goals will unlock a pro challenge. Each skater will have a different pro challenge that is suited to fit that skater's career. The pro challenge is designed to be much more difficult than the standard goals. One of them will have a skater moving around to different parts of the level, doing a specific trick on a piece of scenery, all within a certain time limit. Once this challenge has been completed, a new set of pro goals will open up on the level.

The twist in Tony Hawk 4 is that you won't have to complete every goal with every single skater. Outside of the pro challenge, completed goals are counted so you could conceivably go through the game once with one skater, then go back and complete the pro challenges with every other skater to complete everything the game has to offer.

The San Francisco level featured the same type of goal structure as the rest of the game, though it didn't seem to be as beginner-focused as the first set of goals in the college level seemed to be. In San Francisco, you'll have to skate around and find five packages, save a man from four hungry seals, manual all the way down a pier, and of course, accomplish the standard score and spelling goals. Portions of the level's look and design are inspired by Fisherman's Wharf.


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