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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Fun skateboarding game ruined by bugs, incomplete gameplay.

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Here's what you need to know about this popular arcade-like skateboarding sim: It's not quite finished yet. There's a decent (and long-overdue) sequel here, without much competition. Both seasoned gamers and newbies to this genre should get a kick out of the many moves and combos you can pull off, the comfortable controls, and the many modes. The problem is that the game is incredibly buggy -- whether it's unpredictable crashes, sluggish online multiplayer and frame rates, or graphical glitches, it all winds up marring the experience. Apparently, Activision is working on a downloadable patch that repairs these assorted and annoying issues.

The game also feels incomplete because of the lack of skate parks and skaters. Paltry compared to previous games and the now-defunct Skate franchise from EA, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 ships with only eight levels and 10 skaters, so Activision is promising two additional stages and five more skaters to be added in a future update (though there are no details on what will be added and when it'll be available). One last problem, which likely can't be fixed with an update: some repetitive or unimaginative challenges. The game isn't a bomb -- it has potential -- but publishers can't get away with shipping incomplete games, especially when fans shell out $60.

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