Review by Dogg

Reviewed: 12/17/01 | Updated: 09/03/02

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 might not be the best in the series, but it certainly tries the hardest.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater is a series which back in 1999 redefined sports games. his game allowed you to do anything you please while completing objectives in cool levels. The game also had good graphics and a rippin soundtrack to boot. Developer, Neversoft, really came up with something that will change videogames for years to come. In fact to follow up the version which came out for the Playstation, Neversoft went and made it for N64, Dreamcast, and the PC making it gain more fan possession. At its brink of success Neversoft went on and made the sequel called Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2. This came out for the Playstation and Dreamcast and it later came to the N64. This game just changed everything. Not only featuring improved graphics and sound this game just changed everything. It brought new moves including one called the Manual, which made players pull of chain combos and rack up points to the millions if not higher. It changed everything.

Now one year has passed from the release of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 and Neversoft just finished up Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3. They wanted to make THPS3 the best in every way. However, they will have to give up bringing the game to a new system. Here enters Shaba Games. Through an agreement, Shaba Games, who brought Grind Session last year, will release the game to the Playstation or PS1 as it is called. The result answer will be is that '' Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 for the Playstation may not be the best in terms of graphics and everything, but in the end it turns out that it tried the hardest.''

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 for the Playstation mixes all the elements just right. This means that it makes it act more like the past 2 rather than how part 3 looks like in the PS2 or Gamecube versions. In fact it even gets the name the '' PS2's counterpart little brother'' because this game doesn't have all the elements that part 3 for the PS2 has. These include the majority of characters. In this game there are only 2 hidden characters, while the others have 4. Also some events like seeing pedestrians walking on the street or causing an earthquake are absent. Still as I said, it tries.

The gameplay hasn't changed much, but it still brings back the old moves while bringing in some new ones. One of the ones includes the '' Revert.'' This changes the gameplay dramatically. You also have new freestyle moves and you now don't have to go through Tony Hawk 2's annoying money system.

The graphics are good, but are tedious compared to its '' bigger brothers'', but heck they are still manageable. Some details are still left out and some pop-ups do occur at the worst of times, but this game really pushes the Playstation ( PS1) hardware.

The sound is really good too. It features bands like Del Da Funky Homosapien and Alien Ant Farm makig it one of the hippest soundtracks yet.

All in all if you are looking for one heck of a game, you found it, but if you are still playing through THPS2, then continue playing. Overall it's worth the renting purpose and the buying deal.

Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

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