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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 :: GBA Game Review

Scorin' some air.
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That's one big rail he's gonna grind.
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The picnic table hop.
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All hail Tony Hawk! It's time to quit all those other religions and bow down to the one true God (kidding!) Ok, so he's not that good but man, is he close. The latest version of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater (THPS) may come in a small package but it's a big game. All the skating, grinding, trick pulling action of the world's greatest skater has been packed into a teensy Game Boy Advance (GBA) cartridge. It lacks nothing. Now you can score points, hit combos and grind like mad wherever you want.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Has the Moves

The GBA isn't supposed to be able to do 3D graphics but that didn't stop the Hawk - he pulled off sweet 3D skater graphics. I don't think even Nintendo knows how to make games look this good. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater veterans will notice that they can't rotate the screen but that's the only problem with the graphics.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Wipeout!

The biggest bummer is the sound effects. All the regular grinds, bumps, thumps and groans are perfect but there's no way to pack a CD worth of cool tunes onto a cartridge the size of your thumb. The Hawk's big-name skater bands can't come out and party so you'll have to make do with boring beats and riffs.


Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Final Grind

Once you've fired up the game it's classic THPS action all the way. It plays just like the Playstation 2, Dreamcast and Playstation versions. There are six levels, 13 skaters and hordes of tricks, bonuses and secrets to uncover. Once you've mastered some serious moves you'll be all set to conquer the levels, unlock secrets and kick butt.


How Hard is Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2?

It'll take an hour to learn the controls and the game is hardcore.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Age Rating:


Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Thumbs Up:

  • Tons of moves.
  • The Warehouse.
  • Skateboarding action for the gamer on the go.

  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Thumbs Down:

  • No multiplayer.
  • No big-name tunes.

  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Rating:


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