Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground (PS3)

By Moe Rantala

Published on Sunday, December 2, 2007

Graphics: 9.00
Sound: 9.00
Gameplay: 9.00
Replays: 9.00
Gamelength: 10.00

Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground is the latest installment in the series that revolutionized skating in videogames. Is it groundbreaking, on its new platforms?

Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground breaks new ground, adding 3 different styles of skating in the single player mode. You can choose to be a Career skater, a Hardcore skater, or a Rigger. Riggers modify the environments around them in order to create awesome new gaps and various other ways to skate the same area differently. Hardcore skaters are all about hitting the biggest gaps they can, getting the highest air, and hitting the sickest tricks they can, just for the love of skating itself. Career skaters skate for magazines, and try and get sick pictures and videos put together. The game centers around completing the 3 different paths and all of their offshoots in order to advance your skater’s skills. The classic moves are all there. You have your grabs, grinds, manuals, but you also have Nail-The’s. You have Nail-The-Trick, where you can create your own tricks, along with Nail-The-Grab, which allows you to create your own grabs, and hold them for as long as you want. The final Nail-The is the Nail-The-Manual, which allows you to chain Nail-The-Grabs and Nail-The-Tricks in long combo chains. As you progress through the 3 paths, you unlock new skills such as the Agro Kick which allows you to skate faster, and faster, allowing you to clear major gaps. As you skate, you earn experience in different areas which allow you to jump higher, keep your balance on grinds better, and faster rotations. Keep in mind, those are only a few.

The graphics are amazing. Your skater can be completely customized to your liking, and his appearance never changes unless you change it. The locations are quite varied. You can skate around DC, Philly, and Baltimore. Each place has its own feel to it, and there are lots of places to explore as you skate around. Some of the Career challenges involve snapping photos at precise times, and the transition from normal skating to the photo view is seamless. The graphics are really well done. There aren’t really any graphical glitches, and nothing seems rushed. The sound is also extremely well done. The soundtrack to this game is very well thought out. Also, the echoes and ambiance change depending on where you are. For example, if you’re in the subway tunnels, your every move will echo. The sound and graphics work really well together, and there aren’t many hiccups, if any at all.

In general, this is an amazing addition to the Tony Hawk series. Some of the challenges are just downright difficult, and one of them is impossible without using rigger equipment, but aside from that the game is incredible. If you’ve never played a Tony Hawk game before, or are a long time fan of the series, check this out.

Overall Rating: 9.25

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