Tony Hawk's Skateboarding - Dreamcast

Also known as: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater', 'Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD

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Also for: PS3, Xbox 360, PlayStation, Game Boy Color, N64
Viewed: 3D Third-person, over the shoulder Genre:
Sport: Skateboard
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Activision Soft. Co.: Neversoft
Publishers: Crave (GB/US)
Released: 30 Jun 2000 (GB)
Unknown (US)
Ratings: 3+, ESRB Teen 13+ (T)
Accessories: VGA Compatible, Vibration Pack, Visual Memory Card

Summary

Tony Hawk’s Skateboarding for the Sega Dreamcast is an amazing gaming experience. It’s a great idea to base a game on skateboarding because it's tricks and difficulty translate so well for the consoles. The control method is well thought out and intuitive. Once you understand how the game works, the sky is literally the limit. The way in which you can interact with the levels and what is possible is beyond belief.

In Tony Hawk you can choose from over ten professional skateboarders. Aside from Tony, there are Kareem Campbell, Andrew Reynolds and many others. Each skater has at least three special moves that can only be done after pulling off a few tricks in a row. By putting these specials into your combos, points go through the roof. For example, Nollie + Frontflip (over the pipe) land into a heelflip to bluntside + 180 impossible + smith grind + hardflip out. Variety counts, as repetition of the same tricks scores progressively less.

In the single player game the objective is to win tapes. Win enough tapes and you will be invited to take part in one of three competitions. Three gold medals unlock a high quality video segment of the skaters in action. Tapes are awarded for points scored, objectives completed and some tapes are hidden in the level. Tony Hawk’s Skateboarding two-player mode is fantastic with plenty of game modes to check out and enjoy.

The Dreamcast version looks incredible! The game runs at 640x480 resolution and uses Bi-linear filtering and anti-aliasing to create a smooth, realistic environment. Tony Hawk’s Skateboarding is a successful marriage of graphics and gameplay. A diamond of a game.