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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3

Developer: Neversoft | Publisher: Activision
Players: 1 to 2 Player Game | Release Date: 11/13/01 | Genre: Sports

The Tony Hawk Pro Skater series has struck again, and this time it expands furthermore n the themes that has made the previous games so impressive. The superior level designs, perfect controls, and incredible soundtrack all seamlessly complete the juicy goodness crammed into THPS3.

First off, the graphics in the series are always improving, and the detail in THPS3 is further proof of that. The character motion is very life-like, and sometimes the skaters look so real, it doesn't even seem like a game. The huge levels also have an insane amount of detail that makes it appear as if they were picture perfect. The main addition to the levels never before seen on the series is the people. Workers, watchers, and pedestrians all can be found walking around in the areas, some of which you can interact with. New goals include helping some of these people, by covering a bully in snow in Canada, or knocking pick-pockets to the ground in the airport, etc.

The level designs are made so perfectly, that there is a near endless possibility of maneuvers to be done on each level. This helps big time with the replay value, to tear away at the well-planned structures time and again with a number of different characters. Added into THPS3 is the move called a revert, which will allow skaters to continue a combo after a vert trick on a quarter or half pipe. This also helps in trying the levels more than once. Exploring your options in this game will never be a completed task, for the possibilities have no limit.

Tight controls help the infallibility of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3. Moves are super easy, giving you a superior feeling after doing an impressive trick. You just have to worry about your balance. You can even customize button combinations of the customizable tricks, making for a delicious all-you-can-skate trick buffet.

Perhaps one of the best features is the soundtrack. It is seriously the best soundtrack to a game I've ever heard. Bands like AFI, The Ramones, Motorhead, Bodyjar, The Adolescents, and Guttermouth blast through your speakers with fast, invigorating tunes that make the game that much more intense and addicting. And those are just a few bands to name off the top of my head. The songs are also in a way customizable. Get rid of the songs you don't like, and chose whether to play your favorite tunes in the listed order or in random order.

Another major incentive to play the game over and over and over again is the awesome videos of the skater you beat the game with. Achieve the gold medal on all three skatepark competitions, and a video of your skater will commence. And the videos I've unlocked so far are all very, very impressive, being video footage of the actual skater talking about skateboarding while showing some of his/her cool tricks. You are also able to create your own skateboarder, and this feature has a huge variety of options. Creating your own skatepark is also cool, and has a limited, but still massive, variety of options.

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 is very addictive. If you purchase it, you will stay awake until the early hours of the morning playing this game. I know this from experience. I started playing one day at 4:00, played until 7:30, ate dinner, and played again until 2:00, thinking it was around 10:00. That has happened to me more than once. Time flies when you're having fun, and it goes light speed when you're playing THPS3. And if you don't buy it, you're insane. period. I've played Rogue Leader, Blue Storm, Super Monkey Ball, and Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 for GameCube so far, and Tony Hawk is hands down, no questions, absolutely the best there is right now for GameCube that I've played. I'm almost positive it is the best game as of now, although I haven't played Luigi's Mansion. I have a feeling I'll come back to THPS3.

My only argument is that I wish it had more levels. More levels and more tunes. I just can't get enough.

By Keith Schaefer - 11/30/01
ESRB Details: Blood, Mild Lyrics, Suggestive Themes

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