Tony Hawk's Pro Skater
Out of all the games
that I knew were coming out on N-Gage, this was the one that I was looking
forward to the most. Anyone who knows me is aware that I am the ultimate Tony
Hawk nut and that I play these titles until they break.
I was apprehensive as to
what I would get when I played this game, however I am stoked to report the
game rules and quite frankly asserts itself as one of the
must own games on the
N-Gage. Having finished this game on the Playstation, it was almost a
nostalgic moment playing this game as it's one of the most faithful
recreations of a game on a portable device that I have seen to date. The title
has the same intuitive control system that makes skating on your phone
incredibly easy. With a great career mode mixed with a multitude of
multiplayer goodness, it's easy to just spend time running down the N-Gage's
battery playing this awesome game over and over. Even moreso if you have
another phone in the same area with this game in it!
I wasn't too sure what
to expect out of this title with it's transfer to the portable platform,
however it is just as nice to look at as the PSX version on your telly.
Skaters are clear enough that you can see who they are and well animated
enough to know when to allow them to land.
I found it a little
frustrating at time being a Tony Hawk Pro Skater player right up until it's
latest incarnation and then coming back to this one and not being able to do
manual tricks. I do think that it could have been added with no problems at
all and would have added a whole new dimension to the gameplay. To do a manual
in the other versions, or you have to do is push up and down on the D-Pad.
That would mean that you could link tricks from one area to the other, making
for some insane combinations.
Controls are pretty
intuitive and button placement makes moving your board a pretty natural kind
of experience, especially if you are used to playing these games on the PS2.
The game has a learning curve of about 10 minutes to get you into the swing of
things when starting out. There were some issues with not being able to hit
buttons fast enough but for the most part it was all good. Every player will
be able to do tricks immediately, but with practise you will see how you can
link tricks by grinding your way around the level to rack up some nice scores.
Level design is of
course wonderful with lots of detail packed into each and every item. There is
a fair deal of pop up, however it doesn't occur so suddenly that you lose your
bearings at all. There was always enough time to plot a course or line. Each
level has a number of objectives that have to be achieved, whether it be
getting the required score or finding a hidden tape. Once you have achieved a
certain amount of goals, the game will treat you to some real video of skating
in action. It's a credit to the power of the N-Gage to display video the way
Of course as with any
extreme sports title, you need to have pumping music to get the adrenaline
flowing, and this game, despite the fact that it's running off a memory card
is no exception. Full length songs are the go on this little gaming wonder and
sound brilliant despite the limitations of the source material. You are
looking at tunes from Dead Kennedys and the Vandals but to name some of the
goodness. Surprisingly, it all sounds really good as do the environmental
sounds and the racket that bailing skaters make when they fall or bump into
Multiplayer is a blast
with simultaneous play through bluetooth the way to go with a number of game
modes to choose from, including; Tag, Graffiti, Trick Attack, Horse Play, and
Skate Race. With the exception of Skate Race, it is a matter of who has the
most skills to win the other competitions as you go head to head against your
To wrap it up, I'd say
that Tony Hawk Pro Skater is the most must have game on the deck as yet. With
addictive gameplay, great music, graphics and single player mode to die for,
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater is gonna be the one to rock your phone and really
impress the mates!
The Final Say!
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater -
reviewed by Tory Favro
Review Date: January 2003
Distributed By: Nokia
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