Tony Hawk’s skating skills have become the stuff of legends. The man has fans around the world, and young people from just as far trying to be more like him. Thankfully, there is a way to try without ever leaving the house in his line of pro skating games. Activision has developed several of them, including the current title, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4.
The game is available for a variety of platforms, including not only PC but also GameCube, PlayStations 1 & 2, Xbox, and even handheld consoles like Game Boy Advance. This flexibility means that fans of a variety of different consoles can all get in on the action involved in this skater simulation.
Naturally, the game is a skate simulation game where players can show off their own skills and attempt to complete in game challenges. Unlike its predecessors however, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 is the first of the games to include a flexible Career mode. The career mode in this version of the game allows players to proceed at their own pacing, take their time to explore the environment, and find challenges throughout it – rather than a time limited and forced paced career. This flexibility has been much appreciated by fans, and noted as one of the better things about this particular game.
In terms of other gameplay itself, it stays fairly true to the series in offering a series of challenges, extra points for combos, and certain hidden combos for players to discover for bonus points. The graphics are to be expected, a fairly basic three dimensional rendering that primarily focuses on its physics engine, and the soundtrack compliments a standard Tony Hawk series.
All in all, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 was warmly received, being recognized as a significant step forward for the series. Its changes lasted throughout several of the newer versions to come.