Move over, Tony Hawk. You’ve got some new competition gunning at you in this game, which features up-and-coming skaters who are both dangerously hip and recklessly rebellious. Endorsed by skating bible Thrasher magazine, this game captures the true spirit, style, and skill of the renegade freestyle street-skating culture. Choose from several skaters, pick an outfit, and then select from one of 12 skateboarding locations, including the Brooklyn Bridge banks or L.A.’s Santa Monica Courthouse. These and other concrete temples are all based on real-life locations.
There are more than 100 tricks to master, which is necessary if you want to unlock secret levels or outrun the donut-eating cops. Since motion-capture technology was used to design the movement of each skater, each special move looks fairly natural when executed. In addition, each environment is completely interactive. For example, you will see leaves fall from a tree if you happen to hit it. Of course, you can also interact with objects to show off your skating skills. We had fun sliding down ramps and jumping over trashcans.
One of the strengths of Thrasher: Skate and Destroy is its phenomenal hip-hop soundtrack, which features icons like Grandmaster Flash, Eric B. & Rakim, EPMD, A Tribe Called Quest, Gang Starr, Sugar Hill Gang, Afrika Bambaataa, Public Enemy, Stetasonic, and Run-D.M.C. –Carrie Bell
- Endorsed by Thrasher magazine
- One of the only freestyle skating games on the market
- Totally interactive environments
- Difficult to master
- Graphics could use some sharpening