This game totally lost out on what makes Tony Hawk fun. Skating. I don't want to pretend I'm in some dinky city, I want sites. I miss the earlier games. This took the cake in awfulness though. I've never seen so many glitches and problems in a Tony Hawk game. As not only a gamer and a former skater I was very let down.
The voice acting was great and I was even surprised by the Jason Lee appearance. I thought he separated his ties to skating. The commercials he did were great too. But the character models were horrid and gross looking. First, Tony Hawk looked like a 60 year old claymation version of himself. The skin-tones for all the characters were bad and the animations were ridiculous.
The new tricks and the world graphics were pretty nice for the most part, but it lost its flavor in slow-downs and bad character creation. You are anything but free to create your own character in this one. One of the fun points of the series is now a cookie-cutter approach. You pick a default, then pick what's on them. No more changing your face to look like yourself. That and you can only pick from about 8 hairstyles.
The glitches are really bad. They happen all the time, even in your lines during a challenge. I'll be skating and suddenly hit the ground or bail while I'm in the air. I've had crashes where I'll randomly go flying across the screen for no reason and slam into objects causing over $100k in hospital bills. I've fallen through buildings and objects and randomly appear somewhere else.
This is the worst Tony Hawk in my opinion. The game is improving but the character models, glitches, and ideas are both lacking and getting worse.
The game looks great, and since THPS3, I haven't been impressed with too many of the TH games. Personally I was tired of all the 3rd grade humor and ridiculous goals. This game is back on track, plays just as you'd expect too. The nail a trick feature in my opinion is a great addition and can really add a cool new dimension to combos. The stat building system I found to be really fair too (the more you do something, the better you get at it) Its pretty near perfect as far as TH games go. Don't be expecting to bang out all the achievements though, unless you have an insane amount of time and are absolutely sick at the game.