Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Twin Pack - PC

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Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Twin Pack (PC)
Viewed: 3D Third-person, over the shoulder Genre:
Sport: Skateboard
Sport: Cycling
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Soft. Co.: Activision
Publishers: Empire Interactive (GB)
Released: 26 Sept 2003 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 16+
Accessories: Control Pad

Summary

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
Tony Hawk returns to the PC in fine style with Pro Skater 2. Tony Hawk is a skateboarding god and the first person to ever successfully pull off a 900. In Tony Hawk 2 you can choose from 13 professional skateboarders. Aside from Tony, there is Rodney Mullen, Geoff Rowley, Steve Caballero and many others.

Each skater can have up to five special moves and by building up your special meter you can execute these awesome tricks. If you can put these specials into your combinations of moves your points will skyrocket. Combinations are what makes Tony Hawk 2 fantastic, you can link moves together one after the other in a chain. You can now nose wheelie or manual roll when you hit the ground, this counts as a trick and allows you to join up different parts of the landscape. Your imagination is the only limitation to what you can do in this game. The environments are a lot better designed than the first game and are well thought out. Graphically the PC version is the best of the bunch and the soundtrack comes highly recommended.

One of the best aspects of Tony Hawk 2 is how customisable it is. No longer do you have to pick a pro to skate as, you can create your own skater from scratch. You get to choose everything from clothing, appearance, stance and most importantly the tricks that you have available.

As you make your way through the game, you will earn cash for completing ten different tasks on each level. These tasks vary, and include: achieving certain point scores and finding hidden objects or performing tricks on specific parts of the level. The cash that you earn can be used to increase the stats of your skater, buy new moves and specials, and purchase new decks. Most importantly cash allows you to make it to the next level and consequently earns you invites to enter competitions. To complete the game you must win three gold medals in the competitions. When you win you are treated to a high quality video of your skater in action, an incentive to complete the game with each character.

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 is an all round excellent game. It has solid gameplay that is far too addictive for its own good. Multiple play modes that include several 2-player network games. Tony Hawk 2 also includes a skate park editor where you can build your own dream levels or modify existing levels.

Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX
Mat Hoffman?s Pro BMX is the BMX game to own on the PC. Imagine the ridiculously successful Tony Hawk?s Pro Skater, but with a BMX bike replacing the skateboard. If you enjoyed landing high-scoring combinations and impressing the judges with Tony, then Mat Hoffman will give you more of the same in a different way.

Mat Hoffman?s BMX challenges players to perform hundreds of tricks and signature moves across many different environments and locations. You can ride vert ramps, street courses and dirt courses. Nearly every object in the game is 'trickable', any edge or ledge can be 'grinded', and any jump can be taken. You can even land into tricks to keep your combinations going.

The single player game involves a BMX career where you must complete several objectives within a preset time limit for a level. These tasks can be as straightforward as scoring a set point level. The more objectives you complete the more moves, bikes and tricks can be unlocked. You can customise your rider however you like and set tricks to whatever combination of joystick and button presses your heart desires or finds easiest. Certain levels are competitions where you must put together a successful run to earn respect from the judges. Can you win the BMX crown?

The multi-player side of Pro BMX lets you challenge your friends to variety of competition-based events such as Horse, split-screen Demolition, and Graffiti. A couple of friends plus an additional controller equals unlimited hours of fun.

With quality gameplay and long term appeal, Mat Hoffman?s Pro BMX is one of the better console-esque titles to appear on PC. Check it out, you won?t be disappointed.