This game was almost amazing. Up until the part where it started wanting me to do specific types of grinds. For any of you that have played the first one or the demo, you know it's almost impossible to line up for a specific type of grind. Spent an hour working on a "Nosegrind, Gap, Tailgrind" mission with absolutely no direction how even how to line up to make it. Other than these parts, it was a pretty well made game, like the first one, the skating is fluid and fun once you get the hang of it.
Final verdict: 1, because this game pushed me to a level of frustration not felt in many games before.
The best parts of this games are graphics, player controls, and skating environments. Skating is very gratifying, although it would be nice to alter the camera angle. Hall of Meat is pretty awesome for some of my video game challenged friends; the worse you wipe out the more points you get.
The worst part of all is the pedestrians interrupting the flow of the game play by getting in your way when your trying to complete a challenge. They seriously block you and make you stop your run, over and over again; totally a buzz kill and unnecessary. The difficulty of the challenges is sometimes impossibly hard, and the events and map is don't fit together very well.
Looking forward to a new next gen skating game.....
As an old time Tony Hawk fan I was curious about the skate games since they came out. I finally rented this one and was severely disappointed. The over complicated controls made me frustrated and the game unplayable. The rest of the game seemed good from what little I was able to do. The mission structure was well defined and graphics were acceptable at worst. There are trophies to track your accomplishments and feature that rewards you for impressive bails. If you have 3 extra fingers on each hand or find some other way to get around the control scheme this could be a good game.