Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 review
Skate Heaven without the broken bones

The good:

More variety of pro skaters. You can create your own skater. Create-a-park option. More stages. Improved multiplayer options. Almost infinite replay value.

The bad:

If you haven't played the first one, takes time to learn controls. Graphics still have issues with "background fog".


The sequel to THPS is nothing short of infinitely better than the first title. For starters, there are more pro skaters available, including The Hawk himself plus Bob Burnquist, Chad Muska, Jamie Thomas, and Elissa Steamer, among others. Plus you can now create your own Custom skater complete with his own outfit and custom move set. Additionally, the Park Editor lets you make and save your own skate parks, essentially giving this game infinite replay value. There are also more & new parks (the School returns from THPS1) including a shopping mall, bull ring, even Skate Heaven itself!
New skaters mean a new variery of moves, boards, & outfits you can buy, in addition to buying upgrades for your skater and new areas. There are also new multiplayer options-high score, tag, and Horse. Graphics are improved but there's still a problem with "fog" in the backgrounds due to N64's processing rate. Some of the challenges are also insanely hard for beginners, but there's a lot to do as well-especially if you try to find every gap in the game!
As far as skateboard titles go, this one's about as close to perfect as you can get. Plus the Park Editor enusres you'll never be bored either. If you've got the choice between this one and the first title, get this one without a second thought. And remember to strap on pads & a helmet before playing!

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