I think it is safe to say that for the most part we all seem to know the history of the arguably the most successful extreme sports franchise on the consoles. We all witnessed the evolution of the series, starting from the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (THPS) series on the PlayStation, to the Tony Hawk’s Underground (THUG) and its sequel on the PS2. Now it makes a transition into Sony’s new PSP handheld. Can the series maintain its solid form? Read our full review to find out now!
I am just going to come out say that I think what the developers were able to do with THUG 2: Remix was actually quite amazing. They seemed to just have ported the PS2 game, and actually still had room to add four new courses to the whole thing. So for those of you wonder what THUG 2 was all about, here is a little background info for you. The story mode, which is where the meat of the game is, comprises of two teams, team Hawk, and team Bam. Basically you go through each level with your created character, tying to complete specific goals in your own time frame, so you really get the choice of what you want to do. For those of you familiar with the original THUG then you will just find that this is just a longer version of the original story mode.
If the story mode doesn’t wet your appetite, there are also some other modes for you to sink your teeth into. For example, the game includes a "classic mode", which gives you old classic Tony Hawk feel which is basically getting points and collecting tapes and the word SKATE. Those sorts of things are all available in the classic mode which I still play and love.
I think what is so impressive about THUG 2: Remix is the mere fact that the game just plays brilliantly. It is honestly amazing to see the whole THUG 2 game on the PSP. Not only that, but it plays great. It does take sometime to get used to the controls, but the overall experience is fantastic. The game still holds so much depth and so much Tony Hawk greatness that it’s hard to really put this game down. There are however some minor problems that the small screen does to the game, but I mean these problems are very minor and aren’t going to hinder your overall experience.
For the PSP to be able to take this PS2 game and make it look as good as it does on the PSP I think its really going to turn some heads like it did with mine. THUG 2: Remix really does some amazing things with the character models, which may not be as good as the PS2 version, but really show off some great quality. The one downside to the visuals of the game are the environments, which aren’t as crisp as many would hope. But to be honest when you’re playing the game at full pace, it’s not all that noticeable.
I think that with everything this game comprises of, and how big the courses are, the game just overall looks great. It is not perfect and does have some minor flaws but the overall look is excellent.
I think when I look back on all the great times this series has had its hard to really compare this to any of them. THUG 2: Remix on its own merits is really just quite simply an extremely fun game. When you combine the classic mode with the story mode and all the customization you can have with characters, there is just a bundle of things to do in this game. What is so great is how well the game plays and how it really just all combines to an extremely fun experience.
To be honest, before playing Tony Hawk Underground 2: Remix, I must say I think I was one of the games biggest skeptics. I say this because I really didn’t think the game could possibly recreate the glory of the series on such a small device. But to my relief I was proven wrong, as THUG 2: Remix as it does provide a great PSP experience that will definitely make fans of the series very satisfied.
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