Tony Hawk's Project 8
skating game in the known universe returns in Tony Hawks Project 8 that
immerse gamers into the definitive skateboarding experience using
ultra-realistic graphics, enhanced physics and extremely responsive
controls that simulate the feeling of skating with every trick and bail.
The title challenges you to experience the intensity and pressure of
skating against some of the worlds top pros in true to life competitions
as they aim to become the #1 skater... this is, Tony Hawk's Project 8!
With that said, the Tony
Hawk series has fallen flat in the last few years with improved graphics
but not much in the world of gameplay. Fortunately, those days are long
gone and the developers have finally redesigned the world of Tony Hawk
that harkens back to the original with state-of-the-graphics and amazing
gameplay that gets it right from the first time you pickup the
The story of Tony Hawk's
Project 8 features the clichéd tale of Tony Hawk visiting your home town
in order to recruit the best skaters your town has to offer. These new
skaters will make up a team called Project 8 who under the watchful eye
of Tony and friends will endeavour to put the gamer through the loops by
completing a wide gamut of missions, tricks and competitions in order to
be recruited, sponsored and recognised by the world's greatest skaters.
The XBox 360 version of
Tony Hawk's Project 8 is easily the penultimate version on the console
and features flawless gameplay in a magnificent 3D world that allows the
player to interact with the environment to perform grinds on curbs,
fences, wires and almost anything with a flat surface. In other words,
the gaming world is a skater's paradise that I'm sure some believe is how >GOD<
should have created the world... provided you believe in God... or is
Tony Hawk God? Enough about religion... onto the game!
As with previous
incarnations, the gamer has the option of creating their own skater
avatar and for those unsure of the world of Tony Hawk, the game features
an extremely in-depth tutorial to teach you the basics of the game.
Needless to say, the control system is perfect on the official XBox 360
controller and in only a matter of minutes, this old skater was once
again performing those old skate tricks that made everyone in our
offices "ahhh" and "wow".
Interesting enough, the
developers have implemented some subtle and major changes to the control
system with some tricks requiring both analogue sticks to be used as
each stick represents a different foot. This also helps the gamer in
achieving air and even though it may sound complicated at first, the
satisfaction you get when you pull this off is simply bliss and really
adds to the gameplay.
Graphically, Tony Hawk's
Project 8 is one of the most beautiful titles that I have seen on the
XBox 360 that features extremely detailed background environment and highly
detailed characters that look stunningly familiar to their real-world
doppelgangers. Apart from the highly detailed textures on the
characters, the game is sickeningly smooth with perfect framerate to
ensure that even the most "motion affected" gamer will have no problems
at all with this game.
As with previous Tony
Hawk skating games, the title features a thumping sound track with a plethora of
bands, both mainstream and indie to ensure that this is a real-world
representation of the skating world. Match that with some professional
voice acting, and all the sounds and bumps of skating and you have one
impressive sounding title.
With a variety of
mini-games and great XBox Live access, Neversoft have really got a
winner on their hands that features one of the most biggest skating
environments, flawless gameplay and state-of-the-art graphics that is
definitely going to be one of the biggest games of the year. The best
has finally arrived on the XBox 360!