The idea this time round is that you start off on the streets with nothing but your board to keep you company. Start skating around, pulling off tricks and sooner or later you'll be spotted; then you start to make your way up the boarding world. That's easier said than done, of course, with a bigger selection of tricks to learn and pull off. The upshot though is that the game presents a high quality, long-term challenge as you slowly make your way to the top.
Something that doesn't work quite as well is the ability to pick up your board and explore on foot. It's theoretically supposed to make things more flexible, but ultimately accounts for the game's few slower moments. However, ultimately Tony Hawk's Underground works spectacularly well. Its gameplay is sublime, the multi-player modes are dangerously addictive and it scores immensely in the value for money stakes too. Easily one of the most playable games on any console out there, it holds appeal for gamers at all levels of experience. --Simon Brew
For those who were getting slightly tired of the same Tony Hawks format, prepare for something completely different. Imagine if you will, GTA Vice City with flips and ollies!
T.H.U.G, as it will be nicknamed is all about taking your board to the street. Forget career mode, grinding into the void comes story mode. Travel around the major cities of the U.S and Europe and collect missions of people from the street. You then complete these missions either on your board, on feet or in a stolen vehicle! Out goes the extremely annoying 2 minute timer, featured in the previous Tony's and now you are free to complete missions in your own time whilst smacking people with your board on the way for fun!
It has loads of new features. You can create you own tricks and parks and perhaps the most impressive feature of the game is that you can send in a digital picture of yourself to Neversoft's website and they will create your own skater which you can use in the game!
This WILL be the biggest and best game of 2003. GTA 4 and PES 3 might be coming out later in the year. But this ain't Tony Hawks 5, this is T.H.U.G and it's gonna be massive and with 3 difficulity levels it should also ensure that Tony Hawks veterans are not busting one-million point combos for fun!
It's gonna be Sick (that's street for good!)
This is a certian game that you should have in your collection even if you don't like skateboarding.
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