Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland

Activision

GameCube/PlayStation 2/Xbox

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Overview: Midwest Johnny takes a journey to Los Angeles to avoid being hassled by the police. (Pretty funny, because in reality it’s easier to skate in the Midwest than in L.A.)

Gameplay: T.H.A.W. walks you through Story Mode, unlocking the various skateable areas of L.A. and introducing different skills and tricks along the way. Most of the objectives are rather simplistic and shouldn’t take more than a couple tries to complete. T.H.A.W. has added a couple things-like Bert slides, and BMX bikes are available to jump on at any time.

Graphics: Each area of L.A. is pretty large, and the possibility of linking combos is very high. The modeling of the levels will have you recognizing famous skate spots, like Hollywood High among others.

Sound: Interesting soundtrack with High On Fire, Venom, Dead Kennedys, The Doors, Pig Destroyer, Prefuse 73, D.R.I., Public Enemy, Mà®tley Crà…e, 7 Seconds, and a few mediocre bands doing classic punk covers not worth mentioning.

Entertainment: For the Tony Hawk professional thumb player, this game will be cake, but if it’s your first time playing, T.H.A.W. impresses with a big bag of tricks and a big new feature: no load times.-Eric Sentianin