A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Skaters are expected to steal things for their skate park, tag walls with graffiti for cash and avoid cops and security guards while skating in illegal areas.
Violence & Scariness
Players can hit other players with their skateboard, or knock them down by going fast enough in multi-player games. Players perform outrageous moves, which can lead to spectacular falls.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Posters of scantily clad women can be seen in the shop windows. One mission involves stealing the "naked lady statue".
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Minor profanity in cut scenes and in background song lyrics.
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Products & Purchases
Tony Hawk is a major franchise, with tours and skate boarding competitions. Players can deck themselves out with name-brand skate boarding clothes and equipment, such as Vans.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game has a strong anti-establishment attitude. Players steal signature items from places around L.A. to build the ultimate skate park, running from the cops and security in order to do so. Players make cash by spray painting graffiti on walls. In addition, players can hit each other with skateboards, and the game's outrageous moves lead to spectacular crashes, complete with blood. Players can deck themselves out with name-brand skate boarding clothes and equipment, such as Vans. Finally, the game is online enabled (except for GameCube version), which means players can run into unpredictable language and behavior.
Is It Any Good?
A long string of successes propelled the Tony Hawk series of skateboarding games into a mega-franchise. Packed to the half-pipe with goodies, Tony Hawk: American Wasteland is perhaps the best effort in years. The skating is fantastic, and several modes of play keep players engaged, from a solid story mode to exciting online play.
Overall the game proves, hands down, it is the best skateboarding game out there. Parents may cringe over some of the bad behavior, but teens will love the outrageous tricks, the wide-open world to explore, and the first-class gameplay that they have come to expect from Tony Hawk games.
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