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I thought about putting this on my blog, but then I realized that a lot more people would probably read my slashdot journal than my blog, which gets on traffic, so consider this the first post of many.
I thought today I would write a review of my latest game, Tony Hawk's Underground 2. Sure there are reviews on all the game sites, but wouldn't you rather read one by someone who doesn't have their hands in the developers pockets?
Tony Hawk's Underground 2 is the sixth installment of Neversoft's Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series. THUG2 follows the same play style similar to that found in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 and Tony Hawk's Underground, with some minor changes. You still skate (or walk) around huge levels looking for challenges to complete, the biggest difference in this revision is that the goals are quite a bit more difficult to find. Instead of people standing around with big icons over their heads that you talk to in order to get goals, most of the challeneges in this game involve trying to find a specific gap, do a specific trick an a specific area, or do a combo in an area. There are still some goals that involve finding people who give you assignments, but they are less common in this game, and a little harder to find.
The series underwent a fairly signifigant graphical change for this version. Instead of the realistic looking characters from previous games, the characters in this game have a more cartoon-ish look, remenicant of the characters from the hotshot's golf games.
This game has quite a bit more detail than the pervious games graphically, but the PS2 version still looks a little grainy. The best graphical aspect of the game comes fromt he new "Focus" mode, it's hard to explain what exactly happens when this mode is activated, but visually it's quite impressive.
The core game play remains the same as it did in Tony Hawk's Underground, so your skills should transfer over just fine.
The levels in this game seem to be a little smaller than in the last game, but it turns out that this is a good thing. The levels feel much more focust and much tighter than they did in the pervious game.
The story is a little out there, and just as in the previous game, is more of a vehicle for moving from one level to the other than an intergal part of the game.
If you're a fan of the past tony hawk games, then you already have a good idea of what to expect, and you should go out and get the game without hesitation. If you've never played any games in the series before, then you might find that the difficulty of this game is a bit steep at first, and you'll do well to play on easy mode. The story mode is pretty short, so if you're unsure of the game, then you can probably rent it and get a good way through the game in a weekend and see if it's something worth the $50.
SCORE:
  • Graphics 8/10
    The graphics are top notch for a tony hawk game, but if your looking for some eye candy you may be a little disappointed
  • Sound 9/10
    The game has a nice soundtrack that should satisfy any musical taste, and an editable playlist so you can filter out songs that don't fit your taste.
  • Gameplay 10/10
    As with all the tony hakw games, the game play is completely solid.
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