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This game has fantastic gameplay, solid music, and just about every feature you could want in a Tony Hawk game.
The only problem is the God-awful voice acting, groan-inducing characters and dialog, and ridiculously horrendous story that has more holes than swiss cheese. But I see no need to care about that. While there are a few hilarious objectives (creepy "bag of tricks guy"), you'll be pretty safe skipping most cutscenes.
And you'll have a blast with the always-fantastic Tony Hawk's control scheme, riding BMX is fun too, and if you hate the story as much as I do, you'll be glad to know there is a classic mode, free mode, and all of the Create-a-blank modes you could hope for.
And last but not least, there aren't any lame achievements that require you to beat the game on Sick, etc. My take on sick mode is this: I could beat it, but it takes forever and isn't even fun. So I am glad for this.
If you have never played a Tony Hawk game before, don't make this one your first! But it is a good addition to the series.
So, the biggest reason that I got this game is because of the fact that I’m an achievement head! That said, I still like to play all sorts of games (good an bad) to learn from them, as I am studying to one day become a game designer. The first thing I notice about the game is the whole old school, punker wanna-be theme going on, from the music to the art and clothes the characters wear. I’m thinking great, now I’m going to be playing as one of those kids I used to make fun of in high school for not catching up with the times. Progressing into the early challenges of the game, I can’t help but notice that while I did start the difficulty on sick, these challenges are still easy, even for the beginning. Being a Tony Hawk Vet, I was expecting a lot more, which only disappointed me more when later I find out they are ALL like that. The game is WAY too easy! Also, the game feels like one GIANT tutorial! Until the last few maps, you never actually have all the abilities in the game! And the abilities you learn as opposed to those you already have are ridiculous! Grind anything at the beginning of the game and you have no problem free styling the grinds, but you’ll have to wait until the “Skate Club” (almost half way into the game) teaches you to free style manual tricks? The story was cheesy to say the least, and the new Parkour and bike features are less than appealing. I have yet to find anything more useless than the Board Smack and Toss, save for tagging. There are also too many things that made too little sense, like why you go to bums earn cash or why some dude teaching to ride a bike drops some flow cause you learned a new trick! The achievements were also a big joke. Play all maps on live? What, is this like where everyone gets a trophy for trying? The game was riddled with bugs, from poor acid drop and spine transfer snapping to spots where you can float and get points with ease. Overall I’d give this one a 2 or a 3 out of 10, only for the ach heads :D