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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2X Review

Developer: Treyarch Publisher: Activision
Release Date: November 15, 2001 Also On: None

Activision and Neversoft were thinking of the power of the Xbox, when recreating the game for Xbox fans. However, they haven’t really expanded on the THPS formula. In otherwords, the THPS world has not been improved in any way.

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The graphics are better than any Tony Hawk game that I have ever played, even better than THPS 3 and THPS 4. The faces and body frames look extremely real and make you think the game was more like a FPS. There is a motion blur though in the game that really gets annoying unless you turn it off, but you have to turn it off everytime you play the game, because it doesn’t save. That’s just a small price to pay to view these brilliant graphics.

The sound hasn’t changed since Tony Hawk 2. There is still really junky music that gets annoying during the game. There is the feature to play your own soundtrack though. The only thing is, no matter what soundtrack you listen to, the song never changes when you are in the level. It just keeps repeating. It gets really annoying going to change the sound every 2 minutes.

The controls are as tight as they were in the original Tony Hawk games for the PSX. The buttons are pretty much the same on the layout of the xbox Controller. The hard part is using the directional pad to do tricks. It’s really hard. You are better off using the joystick. Other than that, it’s really good.

This game really had no though and seemed like it was rushed to be released. Tony Hawk 3 was just newly released once this game came out. THPS3 had a whole lot of new ideas that blew this away. THPS2X didn’t change any from THPS2 for PSX. The park editor is the same and create a skater is the same except for the feature to create a female character. Oh, and there is THPS1 with its full carreer mode and 5 bonus levels with its own seperate career mode never before seen in a Tony game. Like it makes much of a difference.

Even though there are 25 levels in the game, and a lot of gameplay time, there isn’t any reason to really have this game if you have the first two versions of Tony Hawk. I know, I spent 50 bucks on it when I first got my Xbox and a month later, it was 20 because nobody bought it.

Graphics: 9.5
Sound: 8.5
Gameplay: 9
Creativity: 8
Replay Value/Game Length: 8.5
Final: 8.7
Written by Shawn Review Guide