Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4
Genre Sport -> Sport
Today's Rank 21264
Date N/A
Publisher Activision
Date 2002-11-15
Publisher Activision
North America Retail 
Box ArtUnited Kingdom 
Retail Box ArtJust in case you didn't know, the Tony Hawk's series is the best skateboarding sim ever--and now, with the release of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4, it's even more so. As many of you young hipsters may be aware, skateboarding is taken far more seriously nowadays than any child of the 70s could ever imagine, with legions of baggily trousered youths now able to refer to moves such as a bluntside or overcrook with a perfectly straight face. Indeed, the list of silly names for ridiculously dangerous stunts has been increased for this latest sequel and you now have the added ability to skitch (hold onto the back of a moving car) and grind through traffic. The big new change, though, is the career mode, which now has specific goals and milestones for all the different skaters, and really adds to the replayability. Curiously, the graphics are still not particularly good, with the same slightly muddy, undefined look to them that the developers presumably now think is all part of the fun. They have however thankfully realised that having time limits for the levels was an unnecessary limitation and, except for a few specific missions, you've now got all the time in the world to graze your knees and cave in your skull. Add in a new and improved online mode and you've got everything the discerning extreme sportsman could desire. It is, as the kids on the street apparently say, "sick". --David Jenkins This review refers to the PS2 version of the game.

- Platform: Nintendo GameCube
- ESRB Rating: Rating Pending
- Genre: Sports
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