gamers (100%) found this review helpful
I believe that this game is a must for any skate enthusiast. even if you don't skate or have never, you should really pick this up. Unlike the THPS1-4, and THUG1 and 2, there are no load times, making skating AND BMXing much less repetitive and enjoyable. there are many open areas to explore, including building tops all the way too subways. Hundreds of goals will keep you plenty busy, but you don't even have to complete them, if you just want to free skate go for it, you can get experience and cash just from pulling tricks. the characters in this one are much much more customizable, but still has the fun sense, such as clown shoes and space suits. there is no doubt in my mind that whoever picks this game up will have hours of fun playing it.
gamers (79%) found this review helpful
It almost hurts to call this game average, after the previous games have all been excellent. But that's what it is, just average. Some areas are excellent (sound, story, and general theme) while others are disappointing.
First of all the soundtrack. I actually really liked it. The only thing that kind of annoyed me are the remakes of classic punk songs. It's not that they are bad, it's just that they are no different from the original (which kind of defeats the purpose). The sound affects are fine. The ollies and grinds sound great. I'm getting kind of sick of that sound it makes when you do a double kickflip though.
The graphics aren't terrible, but they don't seem to have improved much since Pro Skater 4.
The gameplay itself is still golden, but there is almost too much to do. There are tons of different moves to perform, new and old. And none of them are overly complicated either. I don't care for the new parkour moves (freerunning), because they really don't seem very realistic. Speaking of which, I would really think the physics system need work. I'm getting tired of doing 20ft high ollies, and think having it portray real world phyics would be more entertaining.
Maybe the biggest complaint I have is the difficulty. It is way too easy, even on sick mode. In my opinion, sick difficulty should be for those who have mastered the other Tony Hawk games and want a real challenge. But even a beginner won't have much trouble with it. The only difference between the modes is the amount of points you have to get, and it isn't even a big difference.
My last complaint has to do with the sponsors. Its just that there are so many of them. If the whole game's storyline is about defying authority and rebelling against whatever, why do I have to see and listen to corporate sponsors like Nokia and Sirius Radio while I'm doing it?
Anyway, the game is still fun in general. I just think the series needs refreshing if it wants to compete in the next generation.