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Platform

Playstation 2

 

Genre

Extreme Sports

 

Publisher

Activision

 

Developer

Neversoft

 

ESRB

T (Teen)

 

Released

Q4 2004

 

 

- Online Play

- Decent and comedic storyline

- Gameplay is still great

- EyeToy Support

- Lots of Customization

 

 

- Some fans may feel like the gameplay is a rehash of the original THUG.

- Visuals haven’t seen much improvement

 

 

Review: THUG 2 (XB)

Review: THUG 2 (GC)

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Tony Hawk's Underground 2

Score: 8.5 / 10

 

Tony Hawk Underground 2 (THUG 2) is the fourth skateboarding game in the series to appear on the Playstation 2 (and the sixth of the franchise). Last year the series took a new direction as THUG incorporated a lot of elements from games like Grand Theft Auto and shifted some of the focus away from the skateboarding element of the game.

 

The developers have adopted the “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” approach. THUG 2 features all of the same modes of play from last year’s game, with a few extras. The most notable addition is the World Destruction Tour.

 

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The World Destruction Tour actually incorporates a storyline for the game and honestly speaking, the storyline isn’t as bad as you might expect. There’s lots of great dialogue and innuendo. The World Destruction Tour pits two teams, one lead by Tony Hawk and the other lead by Bam Margera, against one another in an effort to cause the most amount of destruction.

 

The World Destruction Tour takes place across various cities in different international locales. At beginning of the mode you start off with a no-name skater who must prove himself. Across the cities there are a number of goals that must be achieved. Each level in this mode allows you to also take control of a couple of other Pro-Skater’s. This really adds some more depth and length to this mode because each skater has their own set of goals that must be achieved. 

 

Unlike previous Tony Hawk games all your goals are displayed in the pause menu. The goals can be completed in any order you choose. This is a major plus considering it makes the game feel less linear.  Each goal is worth a set number of points and each level has a certain minimum point total that must be attained in order to move on to the next level.

 

Taking a page out of the first three Tony Hawk games, the developers have included the Classic Mode.  With the Classic Mode a set number of goals must be completed within two-minute time limit. The Classic Mode includes several levels from previous Tony Hawk games. (And once again the PS2 version supports online play for up to eight players. The online play remains relatively the same with a couple of new game modes.)

 

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One of the first things you’ll notice about THUG 2 is how similar it plays to its predecessor. Lots of the gameplay mechanics feel the same, with a small number of gameplay additions including the ability to sticker slap, spray graffiti and a new “Focus Mode”. The “Focus Mode” is a slow motion effect which makes it easier to pull off tricks. Both the graffiti spraying and sticker slapping play somewhat of a major role as many of goals in the game are related to them. Another small, but notable feature is the “Freak Out” Function. The “Freak 

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Out” function allows you to get your skateboarder angry and at the same time increase your score. Whenever your player wipes out or falls of his skateboard you repeatedly tap the triangle button and your skateboarder will get angry and throw or break his board.

 

THUG 2 features a nice amount of customization. You can create your own skate park, graffiti design and come up with your own goals for the game’s different levels. The game is also EyeToy Compatible, so you can put face in the game. While plenty of other games have already implemented this feature, it’s still a cool addition.

 

The game’s visuals haven’t seen much improvement. While the game still runs at a smooth sixty frames per second, the visuals are hampered by some noticeable problems. Some objects in the environments look aliased and you’ll occasionally see some texture pop-in problems as well

 

THUG 2 is a solid game that still features all the same gameplay mechanics that have made the skateboarding series great. Those expecting THUG 2 to be a major improvement upon last year’s game will be sorely disappointed as THUG 2 plays relatively similar to last year’s game. Nevertheless if you’re a fan of the series you should definitely check this game out.

 

- Siddharth Masand

(December 21, 2004)

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