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Tony Hawk's Proving Ground (PS3)
Tony Hawk's Proving Ground (PS3)
Offered by CLICK n PLAY
Price: £23.97

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment!, 7 Nov. 2007
Having been a skater and faithful fan of the TH series since the first title was released, I was really excited to play Proving Ground on the PS3.

I have been playing SKATE for the past month and I was intrigued to discover what THPG would be like on this platform. In two words: IT SUCKS!

It's style over substance in very way. The characters look great and there is an infinite number of products, videos etc. but the actual game play is a real let down. The frame rate is terrible and you often get that horric effect of going through the floor or walls. It looks and plays like a Beta version. The different story options is a positive but having gotten used to SKATE's new innovative control system you really don't feel like you are out there skating with THPG. THPS4 still plays better than this product even through it's on an inferior platform. I really felt cheated for my £39.99.

After an hour of playing this game I took it out and starting playing SKATE again which actually feels like a skateboarders game. The TH series is now just a corporate money machine and it has truly lost its' soul!


Skate (PS3)
Skate (PS3)

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Skateboarders' Skateboarding game!, 10 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Skate (PS3) (Video Game)
As someone who skated for over decade in the good old days of Hosoi, Hawk and Way, I have always felt the Tony Hawk series was a bit unrealistic and even though I connected with them as pure games, I never felt like they were true skateboarding games.

All this changed with SKATE.

As an ex-skater the controls atr very intuitive and an ollie actually works the same as it would if you were to do it in real life. I have heard that the game has a steep learning curve but if you are an ex-skater then it comes pretty naturally. Besides for being able to do all the usual box of tricks, SKATE even allows you to do some old school tricks such as board slides! How cool is that! The gravity engine is much more realistic and you can no longer do an ollie 900 to blunt to impossible to nose grind fakie. In addition, you now skate in a town full of parking lots, skate parks and empty pools, instead of levels full of silly cartoon-like challenges.

This game goes beyond just being a game as it actually makes you feel like you are outside skating yourself!


Prisoner 13498: A True Story of Love, Drugs and Jail in Modern China: A True Story of Love, Drugs and Prison in Modern China
Prisoner 13498: A True Story of Love, Drugs and Jail in Modern China: A True Story of Love, Drugs and Prison in Modern China
by R H Davies
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!, 8 Sept. 2003
I found Robert Davies' journey to be fascinating, inspiring and complex. There are various moral conundrums in his time spent in a Shangai prison for smuggling hash but the story has a beautiful love story that binds it together. It is an inside look into the Chinese way of life and its' prison system which not many Western eyes have seen. I thoroughly recommend it!


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