Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2
Edge of Reality (Nintendo 64)
Vicarious Visions (GBA)
Gray Matter Interactive (PC)
September 20, 2000
PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, iOS
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, often called THPS2, is the second game in the Tony Hawk's series. It was developed by Neversoft and published by Activision in 2000. It was first released for the PlayStation, with subsequent ports to the Nintendo 64 (by Edge of Reality), SEGA Dreamcast, Game Boy Advance (by Vicarious Visions), Mac OS, and the Windows PC (By Gray Matter Interactive). It was also released for the Game Boy Color, and was better received than the first installment on that machine. In spite of that, it still bore little resemblance to the other versions of the game. The Game Boy Advance version, however, was highly applauded for translating the style and sense of the game accurately into an isometric (pseudo-3D or 2.5D) game. On April 1, 2010 a remake (downscaled from the PC version) for iOS devices was released.
It features the series' trademark open-ended gameplay, in which the player (playing as a professional skateboarder) completes a number of missions which result in cash rewards. With money gained, the player can then purchase skill improvements and better skateboards. It was the first of the Pro Skater games to feature Create-a-Skater and Park Editor features, now stable in the series.
Some levels in Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2 are designed for the player to complete a set number of tasks in two minutes. Such tasks include finding the S-K-A-T-E letters, high scores and finding a hidden tape somewhere in the level. Each of the non-competition levels contain ten tasks for a player to do. The other type of levels are competition levels.
THPS2 introduced manuals - a ground breaking move that allowed players to connect different tricks in combo on ground. Default Manual and Nose Manual tricks were assigned to Up+Down and Down+Up combinations, which became standard in the series. Also special manual tricks appeared , such as Casper, Anti Casper, etc.
Switch Stance/Nollie indicatorEdit
THPS2 focused a lot on skater stance so now player had the ability to toggle Nollie and Switch, which affects trick score. Switch toggle animation looks like somewhat that will be known as Revert later.
Manual balance barEdit
While balancing in a manual, player can see a balance bar. However, rail and lip didn't provide this.
From now on, skater is allowed to setup his tricks, including signature moves known as Specials. More lip tricks were added. All tricks are customizable, except grinds.
Directional double tap tricksEdit
These tricks require skater to press the direction twice and then the trick button, thus limited to 4 tricks per trick type. Grind tricks only featured 2 directional double tap tricks: Down+Down+Grind - Bluntslide and Up+Up+Grind - Nosebluntslide. Lip tricks do not have this modification.
Additional grind tricksEdit
Default grind tricks are predefined in THPS games and in THPS2 it took its final form, introducing Feeble, Overcrook, etc. which will remain as default onwards.
Every goal in carrer mode is awarded by some amount of cash. Also some collectible cash icons are located all around the levels. There is Tony Hawk's photo on the cash icon. Player is allowed to spent it on stats, tricks and boards. Maximum legal cash amout is $150,000. However there is a cheat that gives $900,000 to every skater. Cash system will see its return in THPS4.
This feature allowed to customize skater's appearance.
This feature allowed to create player's own basic skatepark. It also came with a bunch of pre-made levels by Neversoft.
- Hangar, Mullet Falls, MT
- School II, Southern CA
- Marseille, France
- NY City, New York
- Venice, CA
- Skatestreet, Ventura, CA
- Philadelphia, PA
- Bullring, Mexico
- Chopper Drop, Hawaii
- Skate Heaven, Outer Space
PC & iOS Exclusive
- Hoffman Factory, Oklahoma City, OK
- Rooftops, Boston (GBA Only)
- Full article: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 Soundtrack
Unlike THPS1 underground punk rock soundtrack, THPS2 soundtrack caters to a broader range of musical tastes.
To promote the game it was released in Korea featuring Korean pop band FIN.K.L. (Lee Hyo Ri, Ock Joo Hyun, Lee Jin and Sung Yu Ri), as additional four playable skaters and 8 additional songs of the above named band. No other differences were noticed.
Several versions of the game contain following unused content:
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 met with a tremendous amount of critical and commercial success. Due to its almost universal high ratings THPS 2 was the highest rated game of the decade from its release until 2010. As of January 2010, it is the second best scoring video game ever reviewed behind The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarnia Of Time according to Metacritic. According to GameRankings, it is the twentieth best scoring video game ever.
The PlayStation version of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 has earned Platinum awards from gaming magazine Electronic Gaming Monthly. Because of this, it is the only game in the magazine's history to ever have earned a Platinum award twice (but is only acknowledged as a single game in EGM's records due to the game receiving a 10 from only one reviewer as opposed to the PlayStation game receiving 10s from all 3 of its reviewers). The PlayStation version of the game received a 10 out of 10 from the magazine Game Informer, while the versions for other consoles received lower scores. The Game Boy Advance version received particular acclaim for being an accurate translation of the series.
|Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 levels|
|Hangar • School II • Marseille • New York • Venice • Skatestreet • Philadelphia • Bullring • Chopper Drop • Skate Heaven|
|Tony Hawk's Game Series|
|Pro Skater • Pro Skater 2 • Pro Skater 2X • Pro Skater 3 • Pro Skater 4 • Underground • Underground 2 • Underground 2 Remix • American Wasteland • American Sk8land • Project 8 • Downhill Jam • Proving Ground • Motion • Ride • Shred • Pro Skater HD • Shred Session • Pro Skater 5|