Brand : Activision

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (GBA)

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 on the Game Boy Advance doesn’t look or play quite like its other incarnations but the amount of death–or serious injury–defying tricks you can pull off, and the wild level design, graphics and responsive controls all work amazingly well for the handheld. With an overhead isometric view and its use of only four buttons, Hawk veterans will need to readjust their attack. Still, you’ll be amazed at how many tricks have been crammed into this cartridge. For the most part the visuals are clear and detailed with the skaters being incredibly well animated. Gameplay hasn’t changed much from before; initially there are six levels available (more are unlocked as a reward) and after picking a skater, you must perform tricks and locate items to earn loot for buying new gear, which will enable you to improve your skater’s stats and continue to the next skate park. The game is sadly without some of the cooler features of the big consoles–for example you can’t create parks or skaters and multi-play is sorely missed. Nevertheless, the feeling of accomplishment one gets when perfectly landing a stunt is just as satisfying on the GBA as it is on the PS One and Dreamcast versions. Even folks who don’t like skateboarding games will think Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 is a great (and addictive) achievement for the handheld platform. –Mark Brooks, Amazon.com


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