Curiously, the graphics are still not particularly good, with the same slightly muddy, undefined look to them that the developers presumably now think is all part of the fun. They have however thankfully realised that having time limits for the levels was an unnecessary limitation and, except for a few specific missions, you've now got all the time in the world to graze your knees and cave in your skull. Add in a new and improved online mode and you've got everything the discerning extreme sportsman could desire. --David Jenkins
In terms of presentation it remains almost identical to the previous three iterations. Fourteen pro skaters are included (Jackass star Bam Margera is once again involved) as well as the now-mandatory create-a-skater facility. Nine levels are included in all (seven regular plus two secret ones) which vary from a shipyard to a zoo. The selection of one and two player modes remains the same as THPS3, however, THPS4 includes the option for online play for up to eight players. Interestingly, the graphics are still a little below what may be expected from a PS2 game, but nonetheless they remain capable. The soundtrack, however, is simply awesome. The Sex Pistols, Aesop Rock, NWA, Iron Maiden and Run DMC all make an appearance giving the game unquestionably the best soundtrack ever.
The only major difference is the removal of time limits on each level. The levels are much, much larger now, and the player is given the freedom to skate around to their heart's content. Now, the player has to approach any citizens standing around to begin a quest. There are now sixteen challenges on each level, which is somewhat higher than the amount found on the previous game.Read more ›
The Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series are the absolute answer to those of us of a skateboarding persuasion, or more accurately people like me, who love skateboarding but can't actually do it in real life.
This game is packed full of really sturdy tasks, so it will keep even the hardcore Tony Hawk's addicts among us busy for absolutely ages. Some of the pro specific challenges have to be seen to be believed!
All in all, it has to be said that the new style of free-roaming and no time limit really works well, although I had doubts before I played it, these were soon crossed out when I started on it.
The only minor complaint is that most of the soundtrack is hip-hop, it could do with a lot more punk, but seeing as you can turn off the ones you don't like in the options menu, it's really not an issue at all.
6 out of 5 stars for this.
I felt a bit let down with THPS3 but this is awesome. The gameplay is sublime and I do not know of a more rewarding game (you do have to put in some effort and practice... Read more
THPS3 is one of my all time favourite games & I spent many happy hours completing it. Read more