TONY HAWK'S PRO SKATER 3Reviewed By: Scott MacDowall
VOLUNTEER GUEST REVIEWER
It won't take long to see they haven't. The game structure is identical to the previous incarnations. You still need to choose one of the skateboarding's most famous competitors and help them complete a range of tasks across 9 levels. Objectives range from simply earning high scores to more creative missions such as stopping a gang of pickpockets armed only with a skateboard. Now many of the challenges involve helping people, which is a very welcome change. The Los Angles level, for example, will see you helping the police stop a robbery, whereas previous games had you vandalizing squad cars.
Unsurprisingly the biggest update is the graphics. Comfortably using the might of the PS2, expect to skate around beautiful, large and detailed levels. For the first time you won't be alone either. Pedestrians and the occasional angry security guard wander the streets, generally getting in your way and causing one of the horribly realistic crash animations. You'll be wincing every time your characters' head makes contact with the digitized concrete!
"THPS3's" main accomplishment is still how playable it is. The controls are intuitive and easy to master whilst the short, snappy missions mean you're always making progress. Completing the game with a single character won't take the average gamer long but thanks to some brilliant rewards including secret characters, bonus levels, and mini-documentaries, you're assured to be playing this game over and over again.
Wary Christians should look out as the characters do have an unnecessary tendency to leak blood whenever you crash, and some of the real-world skateboarders display very worldly tendencies. Secret characters such as an almost naked female demon push the bounds of what's acceptable. The worst factor may be the soundtrack that contains many unchristian songs. (But those bothered by this feature can turn the music off on the options screen.)
Naturally fans will fall in love with this latest skateboarding masterpiece, but its relaxed learning curve means those unfamiliar with the series should not be put off either. “THPS3” oozes care and attention to detail, and for that reason alone consider it highly recommended.
Year of Release—2001
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