Tony Hawk's sprung to fame back on the PlayStation, and instantly found success becoming one of the biggest titles on the machine. Now it's the third in the series, and the popularity doesn't appear to be fading.
Gameplay is exactly the same as in previous titles, which will make THPS fans happy. Indeed the majority of the game follows the previous versions, as you've got the same high quality of presentation, graphics and music from names such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Motorhead, KRS-One, and Redman to name just a few.
The one big addition to THPS3 is the online play, and is the first PS2 title in the UK with such feature. However it seems that Activision are ahead of their time, with no official adapter available from Sony yet, and so you'll need to pick up a USB modem or ethernet adapter (and there's a small list of incompatible ones which simply won't work). It would appear that Tony Hawk's is trying to set the trend before most gamers will be ready to really appreciate the benefits, which is a bit of a shame.
Leaving the online play aside, there's still plenty to do either in the one or two player modes, on the numerous objective packed levels which are playable in modes including King of the Hill and Trick Attack. There's also a good mix of locations in which to pull off your tricks, including an the excellent urban area which sees you taking to the streets and coming up against pedestrians, cars, traffic and changing weather.
Once you've mastered the vast play areas that are available by default, then you can spend some time in the Park designer, which allows you to select pieces from a huge catalogue of items, including loops, ramps, steps, water, trees and everything that is required to make the perfect skate arena.
Another great Tony Hawk's title, but the lack of official modem/network adapter and incompatible 3rd party devices spoil what could have been a novel feature. There's also the fact that THPS3 isn't much different from previous titles in the series, which may make it all somewhat of a muchness if you're not a huge fan of skateboarding.
The addition of the park editor does add to the gameplay, meaning that you can design your own parks and then skate them to your hearts content, and this aspect alone makes Tony Hawks Pro Skater 3 worthy of a purchase even if you have played the previous titles.Overall score: 8 out of 10
Recommended Price: £44.99
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