One of the most popular sports titles ever comes out with its latest release – Tony Hawk’s Underground. This time around however, the folks at Activision have broken the mold for “extreme” style sports titles with a plotline driven story and graphics that will blow away anyone.
One of the better things about the game is that it isn’t spent entirely on a skateboard – prepare for some wild adventure in this game.
graphics & sound
Yes yes yes! What great graphics … playing the game on both PS2 and XBox is such a rich and great experience, most gamers will be very impressed with the graphics and this is definitely a showcase title to wow your friends with. The models for the skaters in the game are extremely impressive and the fact that PS2 players can actually import their own FACE into the game … how cool is that?! You can even create your own levels which give you a much stronger sense of amazement at the level of details the environments inside the game offer.
The sound offers a professional grade soundtrack that go perfectly with the attitude of the title. You’ll definitely want to listen to the sound effects as well, and overall offer the perfect compliment to the visual effects to the game.
Gameplay & Longevity
Okay, as much as the graphics are impressive, the gameplay is the actual “bread and butter” of the website – and thank goodness – because the gameplay is a helluva lot of fun. The career mode is ridiculously fun as you get to live the life of a renegade professional skateboarder … what separates this career mode from other modes of this fashion is that it’s driven by a story that really makes you keep playing the title for hours on end. I loved how I was able to drive around in a car … hit things … get arrested … oh the fun things to do.
The on-line play offers a great level of longevity to the game as players will be able to compete on-line which handles skater statistics, online rankings, and expandable downloadable levels. Being able to create your own parks is also a great way to keep on playing this title.
Obviously if this had simply been “Tony Hawk 5″ where you skate around unlocking parks the title wouldn’t have generated the buzz it has through the months its been on the market. Tony Hawk’s Underground is a fantastically fresh new spin on a very popular genre. Activision should definitely be commended for such a fantastically original idea.
You’re going to enjoy this game – flat and simple. I love games that are storyline driven, and the career mode in Underground keeps wetting your appetite and hooks you for more and more. You’ll easily spend hours on end playing the title and wondering where all the time went. The graphics and sound are both fantastic and a great way to show off your console gaming system.
The best things about the game, however, are the actual gameplay and the originality of the title. The fact that you get to play through the life of a pro skateboarder is cool enough, and the robust online features keep bringing you back for more and more.
Overall, this is one of the better console titles I’ve been able to review in the entire history of this website (three years). The great graphics will definitely impress you – but the deep gameplay does live up to the billing that this just might be the best sports game ever produced (that however is subject to debate).
Tony Hawk’s Underground is one of the best sports titles you could possibly buy, and you’d be doing yourself and your console system a huge favor by purchasing it. I can’t really throw enough compliments for this title can I? Hey – all in all it’s an awesome game and it’s incredibly fun to play – end of story!
OVERALL SCORE: 98%