Tony Hawk's Underground

Game review by
Patrick Mauro, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Skateboarding game, now with story mode.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 19 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages
Violence

Some ? if you crash multiple times, blood becomes evident on your knees and elbows. Some suspense ? pulling off gravity-defying tricks.

Sex

Some scantily clad women.

Language
Consumerism

Name brands like Flip, Shorty's, Element, Girl, and Birdhouse (Tony Hawk's line). With success, the gamer is rewarded with gear featuring these logos.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the violence is limited to bloody knees and elbows when tricks don't go well (which is quite realistic). There are quite a few name brands featured in the title, although their presence is relatively subtle; you may not recognize them, but your teen surely will. Also, there are some scantily clad women who serve no purpose other than titillation.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byus5boers April 9, 2008

Warning:

I was a bit upset to findout that one of the missions took the player inside a strip club! Not appropriate for any audience especially Teens!
Parent of a 14-year-old Written byNikostein January 3, 2019

11+

It has some violence like blood would come off your kneee in the game when you get hurt. And some inappropriate references in the game.
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 June 4, 2019

Mild blood, but amazing skater

Tony Hawk games are always bound to be good. This one doesn't disappoint. Violence is mild. When you don't land a trick or crash a lot, you are to see... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 18, 2014

Little blood

Some blood on the ground, some swearing. But it is a good game.

What's it about?

Every year NeverSoft Entertainment manages to make a better Tony Hawk video game. You assume the role of a skateboarding guy or gal in the New Jersey suburbs. You start out small, competing in local events, and with success comes world travel. You'll find yourself all over the globe attempting to complete various challenges and tasks, as well as meeting some of the sports' top competitors.

The ultimate is meeting and competing against Mr. Hawk himself. Unlike previous versions of the title, TONY HAWK'S UNDERGROUND allows gamers to get off their boards and drive cars or explore the levels on foot, in search of top skate locales.

Is it any good?

For the fifth straight year, Activision has published the top skateboarding title regardless of the platform, but this year they did make some significant changes. You'll find the typical improvements in regards to graphics, added tricks, and more expansive environments, but the key addition is a new story mode. If you're a fan of the Tony Hawk series, you'll love this game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the name brands in the game. Do you notice the advertising in the game? Are you interested in checking out the brands featured in the game? If so, why? Is it skateboarding or Tony Hawk that drew you to this title?

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