The best extreme-sports game gets even better in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3. The elements that made the last two games a success are back: tight controls, a deep trick system, a wide selection of skaters (including Tony Hawk, Bucky Lasek, Rodney Mullen, Chad Muska and Elissa Steamer) and a slick soundtrack. Adding to the already brilliant formula is a new trick and updated graphics to take advantage of the Xbox's superior processing speed. In Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, players were introduced to the manual--a move that greatly revolutionised the series' gameplay. This instalment introduces the revert, and while it isn't as significant an addition as the manual, it does add another layer to the already deep trick system. The game features solid graphics but a level of detail was sacrificed in order to make the game's levels so large. There are a few moments of frame skipping and polygon clipping, but these instances are rare and don't overshadow the stellar gameplay. Career mode is as deep as ever, with eight objective-filled levels. In this single-player mode players traverse their way through and find hidden videotapes and interact with level-specific objects. Two players can participate in the five multiplayer mini-games, which include "king of the hill", "horse" and "trick attack". On its own, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 is a top title, but with its Internet capabilities there's no reason for fans of sports, action and platform games not to have this title. This game will satisfy them all.--Raymond M Padilla
Choose your level: Skate in the exclusive level developed only for Xbox, or try one of the other eight other massive, living levels.
Pick a skater: Play as the legendary Tony Hawk, or choose from a dream team of 12 top skaters.
Or, create your own skater: Enhanced Skatepark Editor and Create-a-Skater (now including female skaters) give you the option to custom make your perfect competitor.
Try out incredible new tricks! Use "Revert" to link vert tricks, or bust all new Flatland tricks.
Skate to your favorite tracks: Pick from the game's tunes, by artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Xzibit, and Alien Ant Farm, or create your own mix with the global soundtrack feature.