A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Skaters are not portrayed as the most positive role models. A feature allows them to add graffiti to buildings and extra points are awarded for breaking bones and going to the hospital.
Violence & Scariness
Mild violence: blood appears when skater wipes out (this feature can be disabled).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional crude humor.
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Occasional swearing, usually after skater wipes out.
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Products & Purchases
Close-up shots of brand-name sneakers. A character from the Jackass show/movies is featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A few alcohol references.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that as with the other Tony Hawk titles, this game has a strong emphasis on rebelling against authority. Some crashes/falls include blood, and players can spray-paint buildings and other areas. The game glorifies taking unnecessary risks by rewarding players with extra points for breaking bones or ending up so hurt that they are hospitalized. This game can be played online; Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for anyone under the age of 12.
Is It Any Good?
Project 8 includes all of the features gamers love about previous Tony Hawk titles, with some cool upgrades and additions. Bam Margera makes an appearance, which will please fans of the Jackass show (they will probably also like the way skaters can bail and get hurt); Jason Lee of My Name Is Earl also appears in a prominent role. Of course you can still show off your skater skills and do lots of fancy tricks. But now you also get to roam around in one big city and skate in all kinds of interesting areas along the way.
In this installment of the Tony Hawk series, the responses are quicker, and you have better control over your characters and the tricks they can perform. There is online support for up to eight players. While hardcore skaters will love this game the most, it has enough action and cool features to keep most other gamers hooked for quite a while, as well. This is the best skater game yet, with cool tricks and boredom-avoiding challenges -- but some of the skaters' bad and dangerous behavior should be addressed with kids who play it.
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