Tony Hawk Proving Ground Reviewed

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Well, I got the privilege of playing the new Tony Hawk Proving Ground. I was quite excited to try the game out since the last one I had played was American Wasteland. I raced home, put the disk into my Xbox 360 and got ready to do some serious skating.

First Impression
At first the game looked quite impressive; graphics are as usual pretty good. Got to customize my skater, the normal stuff. Once I started playing I very quickly became quite disappointed. I am not sure about everyone else but this game kind of felt like an add-on for the last Tony Hawk I was playing. The game play is still pretty good but there does not seem to be any major differences, sure you can make your own rigs, do some fancy “bullet time” tricks in the air but other than that it did not seem all that different to me.

What is it?
The gist of the story is you are a “New talent” trying to get discovered. You have the option to skate around and try and attract sponsors, pros by doing challenges, making your own challenges and basically just skating around. I did a few of the tutorials and must say got a little frustrated with some of the controls, might just be a once off thing cause once you get the hang of it, it does get a little easier. The first few “missions” take you through the tutorial telling you how to create your own rigs, have videos taken of your cool tricks and photos for sponsors.

A nice touch that was added to the game is when you meet a Pro within the game you get to watch some real life footage of them in action.

In the end
To me the game did not seem different enough from the others, sure you can make your own rigs, do tricks in slightly difference ways. I think they need to slow down and stop releasing Tony Hawks every couple of months. As you getplaying the one game the next one is already available on pre-release, or that is what it feels like.

Here is what I thought of the game:

Graphics: 8/10
Playability: 8/10
Originality: 4/10

Overall: 6/10

Conclusion
Will I keep playing: Unlikely as there is not enough of a difference from the previous releases. Maybe I will wait till Tony Hawk 15 comes out and try it again. I would say if you have not played Tony Hawk before, or if the last one you played was Tony Hawk 3, go out and get it, otherwise wait till the next one.

Last Updated: November 22, 2007

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