Jon Goes to the Movies - Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 (GBA)

Jon Goes to the Movies - Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 (GBA)

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 is probably one of my top 3 favourite games ever. I played that game for countless hours when I was a kid, and even now I sometimes pop it in. I've always played the GameCube version, but it was also released for almost literally everything: PS2, PS1, Xbox (with an exclusive level), N64, PC (with exclusive Doomguy skater), and even the Game Boy Color and Advance! I've always heard about these versions, and even considered picking one up at a used store, but I never did. Until now.

Gameplay is taken from an isometric point of view, kinda like the GBA Max Payne, as you skate around completing objectives really similarly to the regular versions. It controls alright; B is ollie/speed up while A grinds, and it's a mostly faithful recreation of the source material. The levels are totally remade for the new gameplay and camera style, and they're fine enough. I mean they're not as good as the levels in the other versions, but they do the job.

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One of the most memorable aspects of these games was the soundtrack of licensed songs from various popular bands at the time. As much as I would have loved to hear incredibly bitcrushed renditions of "Amoeba" and "Blitzkrieg Bop", instead we get generic rock music, which again just does the job. The general feel/opinion of this version of the game is "it does the job". Nothing above average, but nothing particularly bad.

If you've got a hunger for some Tony Hawk action on the go, this is a good place as any to get it. If only Activision would port the Pro Skater games to the Vita, then we could finally archive world peace.

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