Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
Once upon a day, there was a skateboard game… Naaaaah.
This is the story of a man who came to believe in the coolness of skateboard games. Only a few weeks ago I was a non-believer, and I couldn’t care less about sports games, let alone a skate game. But one of my homies, the l33t sh3ll4c, kept buggin’ me about how he really wanted to play a cool skate game. So I went to the local game store and bought the first thing that somewhat looked like a game with skateboards. That game was Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 (THPS2), my life has never been the same since.
On to the game now. The installation went as smooth as taking candy from a baby, but that should only be normal these days. Once installed and fired up, you can admire the menu selection screen. Before rushing right in to the action you should take your time to adjust the key binds to your personal taste. In those binds lays the first good thing of THPS2. Instead of having to push 8 or 10
buttons to perform one lousy trick you only need three binds to perform the most daring stunts.If you still have some creativity left after that, you can go on and create your own character and then, let the stunning action begin.
Bold as I am, I don’t even look at the free skate option and go right on with the career option. At first you can only play one level, but by earning cash you can unlock the other levels. “And where do we find ore good friends Washington and Lincoln?” you say. Well you can earn the necessary money by collecting the bills across the level and by completing the various level objectives.
Soon I found myself playing THPS2 for hours and hours in search for them last dollars in order to unlock the next level. Not often I played till the edge of an epileptic seizure, 360 Air walks, 720 rocket airs and 180 front foot impossibles kept haunting me in my dreams.
In some of the levels you have to compete in a tournament against other famous players. If you wonna get to the next level you should at least get a bronze medal and I can assure you that it’s not as easy as it sounds. As I am writing this review I’m struggling to complete the last few objectives so I will finally find out what the reward is for doing that.
For the real hardcore addicts, who can’t just get enough of it, there’s still the possibility to create your own level. You can even share them with other players via the super information highway on the various fan sites.
Now go forth and Skate!!! May gods speed be with ya’ll!!!