Tony Hawk's American Wasteland
NO LEVELS. NO LOAD TIMES. Just
never-ending action that doesn't stop until you leave the game! Tony
Hawk's American Wasteland gives you - for the first time ever in a Hawk
game - the freedom to skate, or bike, throughout a rich, expansive open
environment. Once you arrive in Los Angeles, the vast city that gave
birth to skate culture, the sky's the limit as you progress through the
Wasteland story and choose missions that will have you immersed in the
action without ever skating the same line twice!
Freedom To Ride
Forever: No load times. No level-based gameplay. In American
Wasteland, you travel throughout the vast urban terrain of Los
Angeles including Hollywood, East L.A., and other landmark areas
without restrictions or repetition.
Control: More tricks and expanded controls than ever before!
New on the board
tricks include the Bert slides, Natas spins handstands, and
one-footed grinds and manuals
New off the board
tricks include wall runs, wall flips, and charged jumps
Choose Board Or
Bike: For the first time, you can choose to ride BMX bikes
throughout the entire game, with all-new physics, a BMX specific
control system and several BMX-specific goals.
Crazy: Enter and explore dozens of shops in game to customize your
gear and your look! Check out skate shops, barbershops, tattoo
parlors, and clothing stores as you accomplish goals and earn cash.
Expanded Online &
Multiplayer: For the first time ever, Xbox Live in addition to
PlayStation 2 Online! New two-player co-op play available in Classic
Mode, in which you can complete classic THPS goals alongside your
Get your board and get
on the road in one of the most free roaming Hawk games to hit the market
yet. Once again the franchise has you playing as Joe Everybody who has a
chance to make it in the skate world.
The title this time is
fairly story driven for a Tony game with what appears to be an emphasis
on character development that was actually good in making you feel like
a part of the gang that you are skating with. There are appearances by
Hawk himself at competitions along with other skaters that fans out
there will recognise.
The controls are pretty easy to pick up and you will find that the game
makes the assumption that you have not played before, which as a fan of
the series, I found it annoying that I could not automatically do some
simple tricks that I knew that would have allowed me to rack up points
involving manuals and the like.
One thing that gamers will notice is that the title doesnít load as such
when there is a new level, you can still skate and move around however
the transition areas such as a bus or tunnel are very very boring and
you can hear the disc getting accessed in the machine. The area is not
as open as you would be led to believe either initially with very small
areas opening to make a much larger area.
This can be deceiving however and make sure that you are really taking
notice of what is out there. With the ability to get off the board, you
just might find yourself able to climb up on things you would not have
Skating aside and there is a ton of it for you to enjoy, gamers can then
take to the streets on take on the cool BMX side of the game, thatís
right BMX! These are more of a side mission rather than a valid concern,
however the BMX portion should be more than enough for fans of the
On the graphics
front, though, the Xbox 360 version of American Wasteland does
see some noticeable improvement over the Xbox version. Sadly the
difference isnít by any means revolutionary and itís not as gorgeously
detailed as, say, Project Gotham Racing 3. The environmental
detail has been reworked slightly so textures really stand out and
things like glass seem like real glass. The characters look amazing from
afar but up close theyíre every bit as detailed as the Xbox or PS2
version. Cutscenes are a lot smoother and the flow of the game is even
Sound-wise, the game is chock full of licensed tunes that are not only
abundant but also pretty great. Youíll find everything from Green Day,
Saves The Day, Bad Religion to The Doors and Oingo Boingo. The voice
acting is top notch and really hilarious in parts but itís the heavily
detailed sound effects that work well enough that youíll hear everything
around you from the sound of a busy cafť to a protest on the sidewalk
outside the Kodak Theater. Itís great stuff that sounds even better if
you have a good sound system.
Recommended to all fans of the Tony Hawk series or for those that love
an extremely well designed title!