it came to high-profile celebrity parties in the
70s and 80s, it was said that hardcore party animal,
Ringo Starr, would attend the opening of an envelope.
He may have been the least talented of the Beatles
but he was still a Beatle nonetheless. Although
Tony Hawk is certainly not a Beatle he's made
appearances on all recent gaming systems including
the NES and the N-Gage not to mention all of the
next-gen systems as well as the GBA. Now here
he is again to coincide with the launch of the
PSP. He may not be Ringo and he may not be Mario
but Tony still has drawing power.
I see it, the most unsettling aspect of Tony
Hawk's Underground 2 Remix is that it's so similar
to the PS2 version that was released last year.
It's impressive on that ground. From the graphics
to the tight controls and the 50-plus song titles,
Underground 2 Remix is hands down the most powerful
game ever displayed on a handheld. The fact
that it so closely resembles the PS2 version
is not just impressive but disappointing. Most
of us have already played this game to death.
We don't need a clone on a portable even if
it does have a few new modes and four new levels.
Are we to expect a glut of PS2 clones being
re-released for the PSP? Of course, so get used
don't really know how to rate a game like this
since we've already reviewed it on the PS2.
It's a great game for beginners and those that
have only dabbled in the Tony Hawk skateboard
universe but for many of us hardcores it's a
short-lived novelty of a great game on a small
skateboarding may be old news but it's still
fun, especially if you haven't played it for
a year or two. The object is to score points
by performing goals which include finding items
and pulling off various tricks and combos. There
are a few new moves included here such as the
ability to leave your board which comes in handy
for some wall plants and continuing combos by
turning around and heading back in the direction
you came from. You'll also need to get off your
board in order to tag your territory by spraying
graffiti. The natas spin lets you pivot around
on items such as poles and hydrants much like
a Globetrotter's basketball. It's a fun move
but not entirely useful for accumulating points.
Kyoto, Atlanta and Santa Cruz are the four new
locations. They are fun to explore and seem
to better fit the design of the PSP but it's
not enough to recommend buying the game if you
already own the PS2 version. You can notice
that some graphics have been changed to conform
to the PSP. There are some flat surfaces and
blurry textures. This would have been a better
game if it were created specifically for the
PSP as is evidenced by the four new levels.
teams up with that annoying MTV dork, Bam Margera,
the kind of kid we used to send to boarding
school, juvenile detention or the psyche ward.
In any case you split up into two teams and
set out on a worldwide tour of destruction,
wreaking havoc and destroying everything in
your path. The more things you destroy the more
points you'll earn.
can be personalized by using a face map technique.
Take an image of your face with a digital camera
and then transfer it to the memory stick on
the PSP. It looks decent but it doesn't make
me want to wet my pants with excitement. I do
kind of like the freak out move which lets you
throw a temper tantrum when you bail.
old, two-minute freestyle runs are back. They
feature all of the locations in the story mode
in addition to some of the old areas from the
very first game. With 11 modes there is no shortage
of gameplay variations. With the use of a wireless
adapter the game can accommodate up to four
players - it's the closest thing to online that
you're going to get. Thankfully the screen is
relatively free of icons and indicators. You
do have to access another menu to get more details
on your missions which is a pain but it's a
tradeoff. To make things a little easier on
you certain objects and areas will light up
if you do a move on them and they turn out to
be part of your objective.
that they've proven that the PSP is a worthy
contender in the handheld market, let's see
some more original games instead of this kind
more I see of the PSP the more I like it. Handheld
gaming should be in full 3D and controlled by
an analog stick in the year 2005 and it looks
like I'm getting my wish. I make no apologies
for my pledged allegiance to Sony's foray into
the handheld gaming market over Nintendo's gimmicky
DS. I've played a DS and wasn't particulary
crazy about the control or the size of the screen.
I'm not really all that wild about handheld
gaming in general to be honest, but if I'm going
to play on the go, I want to play something
that I think is cool.
of cool, THUG 2 is making its way to the PSP
in March, just in time for launch. Promising
PSP exclusive levels, face mapping, wireless
multiplayer and all of other features that made
the console version a bonafied hit, PSP owners
will proudly be able to take THUG 2 anywhere,
and it will look as good as it's console brethren.
you haven't played a Tony Hawk game recently,
you're in for a surprise. The level structure
is story driven and you'll find yourself playing
as you, instead of a tricked out sk8tr superstar.
Eventually you'll make your way up the ranks
and have the opportunity to join either Tony
Hawk or Bam Margera's team on the World Destruction
Tour where insanity is not only welcome, but
Hawk's Underground 2 Remix takes players on
an all new skating blitzkrieg where they embark
on the ultimate road trip from Tony Hawk's Underground
2 in addition to wreaking havoc in four never-before-seen
city-levels - Las Vegas, Atlanta, Kyoto and
Santa Cruz -- that feature original goals, level
changing events and unlockable characters. For
the first time, players can live the Tony Hawk
console gaming experience on a handheld device
as they join either Tony Hawk or Bam Margera
on a World Destruction Tour where they nail
insane tricks with lightning speed or slow motion
focus control, pull off mischievous pranks,
and conquer sick terrain through 13 single-player
levels, or face off against up to three friends
in 10 wireless multiplayer games.
Destruction Tour - Take off on an all-new
skating blitzkrieg where two teams led by
Tony Hawk and Bam Margera conquer sick terrain,
pull off mischievous pranks, and make a host
of international cities their personal stomping
levels, goals and level-changing events -
Tear it up in all-new PSP-exclusive levels
including Las Vegas, Atlanta, Kyoto and Santa
Cruz, each filled with crazy new goals, secret
and unlockable characters, and line-changing
multiplayer features - Play over 10, four-player
mini-games wirelessly such as "Combo
Mambo," "SLAP!" or "Scavenger
Hunt" via the PSP's wireless network
new team play - Team Hawk versus Team Bam.
Play as yourself or switch to play as a pro
teammate or special guest skater, such as
Ben Franklin or Jesse James - over 25 unique
skaters in all.
customization - Create your own logo for use
in graffiti tags with the all new Create-a-Graphic
feature in addition to creating your own skaters,
skate parks, decks, tricks, goals and levels
player controls - Get huge air by performing
a sticker slap off any wall or surface, go
into slow-motion focus control and watch and
learn how to perfect a certain trick or throw
a hilarious tantrum mid-combo and get massive
beyond the board - Maneuver a variety of ride-able
objects such as motorized scooters, hot dog
stands and hospital gurneys, pelt bystanders
with tomatoes and other objects and tag the
turf with signature graffiti.
games in one - Wreak havoc in Story Mode or
switch to play all of the new THUG 2 Remix
levels in Classic Mode, and go up against
a two-minute timer to complete all-time favorite
goals like "C-O-M-B-O," "secret
tape," and "high score."
your face in the game - Players can import
their picture onto the PSP via any memory
stick and map their face to create their own
personalized game character in an instant.