As come the seasons,
so does another new Tony Hawk game in TONY HAWK'S PROVING GROUNDS
and even after 9 years, the franchise is as strong as ever. It may
have had its slow moments but Neversoft have once again redefined
the world of skating in what may be one of the best Tony Hawk games
EA was lucky enough to release Skate about a month ago to compete
with this franchise but who will win the skating battle... read on
previous Tony Hawk game on the XBox 360 was not only amazing but it
featured some of the nicest graphics to have ever graced a console
game and this current version has truly upped the ante. Set in the
real world streets of Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.,
the gameplay once again revolves around the player, giving them the
freedom to decide their skating destiny.
Given the choices to
the gamers, they can now plan out their future and even the style of
skating that they wish to embrace. Apart from the new storyline, the
title features a plethora of new tricks that go hand-in-hand with
the game mechanics. Needless to say, the tricks are amazing and have
been even more redefined for the XBox 360 controller, allowing even
novice gamers to pick up the controller and "almost" start skating
like a pro.
In the career mode,
players have three options that they can follow which include rigger
(demonstrate your skating prowess with the gaming environment),
career (earn cash as a skater) and hardcore where you attempt a
variety of different skating and sometimes impossible tasks.
For those that love
XBox Live, Tony Hawk's Proving Grounds contains a brilliant addition
to the genre called the Skate Lounge that allows players to skate
with friends online and you can even go from single-player to
multiplayer without a myriad of challenging options. Add in a new
video editor and gamers can now create their own unique skating
videos that are so life-like, you could be forgiven in thinking that
you are watching a skating video.
The best part of
this current title is the "Nail the Trick" feature which allows you
to nail the grab and even nail the manual for more thrilling and
amazing skating maneuvers. This modified feature of game allows for
more controlled gameplay and gives you that true edge while playing
against other players and skating through the vast gaming world.
in some new kicks and pushes and you'll be able to reach places you
have never even dreamed off. With that said, the control system of
Proving Grounds is almost flawless on the controller and whether you
are doing grinds, reverts or bowl carves, these are quite easy to
master by the well thought out control system.
Time for a break or
something different? Start up the video editor that allows you to
create some wicked looking clips with a variety of different
options, camera angles and even filter effects. You can even add
your own skating soundtrack to give your video that personal and
Grounds is a visual treat on the XBox 360 but when compared to
Skate, it shies away a little. With that said, this is still the
best looking Tony Hawk game ever created with highly detailed
skaters, realistic texture details and extremely well animated
characters. Match that with some beautiful special effects and
detailed background environments and you have a game made in skating
The soundtrack of
Proving Grounds features the Beastie Boys and even Gorilla Biscuits
for that true skating feel that will draw you into this extremely
well made and brilliant game. There is also a variety of realistic
skate effects that are matched with some perfect background ambience
from the various skating areas that you skate in.
In conclusion, Tony
Hawk's Proving Grounds is a brilliant game with outstanding
gameplay, amazing graphics and a thumping soundtrack that we would
happily recommend to any Tony Hawk fan or for those skate lovers.
Skate versus Tony Hawk's Proving Grounds? That's a hard one because
they both have their pros and cons, however at the end of the day,
if you are after something a little more playable than Tony is the
one for you. Great stuff!