Those Games We Play

Tony Hawk Project 8 - The Old Familiar Grind

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Quick Review:

Rebounding from their first disastrous attempt at a fully open-world Tony Hawk game, Neversoft delivers a more toned-down attempt that works well.

The graphics are a bit mucky, and the overall look to the world is somewhat depressingly muted, but the game itself captures the tried-and-true gameplay of previous titles.

Recommended for longtime fans of the series, and for those looking for a current gen jumping-on point.

 3 1/2 Stars

Lizzy Says

Clyde & I got into this series back with Tony Hawk 3. We'd play tag mode for hours and hours. We were pretty evenly matched so it was a lot of fun. I never thought I'd be waxing nostalgic about it though. That really makes me feel old.

Clyde Says

Getting to be in a video game is pretty much the pinnacle of the skateboarding world, right? So kids who play these games will get the urge to practice their shredding skills and someday achieve video game stardom? Assuming anybody will still take a chance on a skateboarding game by then. Kids should probably just learn to code and make their own game. It's easier and a much more reliable dream.

Artist's Notes

When I reviewed this game oh so long ago, I had no idea that this would be the last decent Tony hawk game, possibly ever! I do have high hopes for the HD remake of the first two games, but the Goldeneye remake didn't live up to expectations, so I won't put too much stock in Activision's ability to get it right.

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