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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4

Game Cover THPS4

Developers
Neversoft Entertainment
Vicarious Visions
Beenox Studios
Semi Logic Entertainments, Inc.
Babaroga
Release Dates
October 23, 2002
GBA (US): October 30, 2002
Xbox, PS, GameCube (UK): November 15, 2002
GBA, PS2 (UK): November 22, 2002
Mac OS X (US): August 20, 2003
PC (US): August 27, 2003
PS2 (JP): May 27, 2004
ZOD (US): June 22, 2004
Platforms
Xbox
PlayStation
PlayStation 2
GameCube
Microsoft Windows
Mac OS X
Game Boy Advance
Tapwave Zodiac
Mobile phone

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4, often called THPS4, is the fourth game in Tony Hawk's series. It was released in Japan as Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2003. It was developed by Neversoft and published by Activision for the GameCube, GBA, PlayStation, PS2, and Xbox. In 2003 it was published for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Tapwave Zodiac.

The game, reportedly, would be the last Pro Skater in the series (until Pro Skater 5 in 2015), though some took this to mean it would be the last Tony Hawk's game in the entire series. It is the last Tony Hawk game to be developed for PS1.

GameplayEdit

The game is a departure from the previous three games' Career mode, in which the player had a set amount of time in order to find and complete goals. THPS4 instead featured a Career mode more similar to Free Skate mode, in which there was no time limit to explore the level, and the goals are given by characters found throughout the levels when the player talks to them. Most of them do have a set amount of time to be completed, but this time varies from goal to goal (plus, letting time run out does not end your run; the player just needs to talk to the NPC to try again). This Career mode would be later seen as the Story modes of Tony Hawk's Underground series, American Wasteland, Tony Hawk's Project 8 and Proving Ground.

Even though there is no plot in THPS4, levels are certainly placed in a specific order. The game begins in College, which is located in California. San Francisco is in California as well. The Alcatraz is located into San Francisco bay. Next we ship over the Atlantic ocean, arrive to the Shipyard, move to London and visit the London Zoo. There is no any evidence if this is intended or just a coincidence.

New mechanics and featuresEdit

New career modeEdit

THPS4 is a milestone in the series since Neversoft refused to use classic "2 minutes run" system. Now player was allowed to skate around freely and choose the goal he wants to complete.

Money systemEdit

Money system has returned in THPS4. Cash icons are located all over the levels. Unlike THPS2, it is allowed to spend cash on clothes, cheats and videos, but stats and tricks are awarded by goals here.

Pro Trick ObjectsEdit

Unique in THPS4 - each map provides up to seven skate objects that can be toggled by player. Usually it's a kicker or a quarter-pipe, but some maps provide more complex constructions.

AnimalsEdit

THPS4 was the first game in series to feature mammal animals. While most of them act as pedestrians, some of them may implement vehicle features. For example hippo will cause Hippo Plant, Lion will "eat" skater and Elephant can be skitched.

Double-tap flips/grabsEdit

Known in THPS3 as hidden combos, it was refined and extended, adding double-tap variation for almost each trick in the game.

SkitchingEdit

The player can grab onto the rear bumper of a vehicle (much like Marty McFly in Back to the Future), moving to either end of the bumper to avoid obstacles. Skitching is used for speed boost.

Level OutEdit

This feature allows skater to "level out" aka orient himself horizontally in air to prevent bailing. If there is quarter-pipe on the other side, then Spine Transfer is performed.

Spine transferEdit

Allows the player to move from one quarter pipe to another as long as they were back-to-back. This also applies to lip tricks: now skater will land on the other side of quarter-pipe if balance gone off the meter.

Manual/lip/grind extensionsEdit

While is was partially implemented in THPS3, it was refined in THPS4, adding more tricks and functionality.

Wallplant (later as Wallieplant)Edit

This trick extends Wallie and was introduced by the analogy with No Comply - Boneless. Wallplant allows to reach higher areas jumping off the Wallride. THPS4 Wallplant was later renamed to Wallieplant and Wallplant name was given to another trick, which may be confusing.

PowerslideEdit

This move allows skater to invert his direction on flat very fast. It looks like a revert, no any special messages are shown. R2+L2+Down combination was chosen, but it was conflicting with switch stance move, so it was changed in THUG.

DropdownEdit

While grinding player was able to end the grind trick instantly by pressing R2 or L2. However this feature was only available on PS2. Other platforms will get dropdown only in THUG2.

LevelsEdit

The Carnival and Chicago levels are exclusive to the Playstation 2, Gamecube, Xbox and Windows versions. The San Francisco level is absent from the Game Boy Advance version. The Playstation version does not feature the Zoo level, but features two extra levels:

SoundtrackEdit

Full article: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 Soundtrack

As in THPS3, player could remove any song from the the list by using special toggle menu. There are 37 songs in the complete list. The actual amount of songs in the game varies between platforms.

ReceptionEdit

THPS4 received positive reviews gaining high scores. Along with praising refined trick system and larger levels, critics only complained about same graphic levels, as they've seen in THPS3 (which is not completely true, as THPS4 introduced more advanced techniques, such as multiblend textures).

External linksEdit


Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 levels
College San Francisco AlcatrazKonaShipyardLondonZooCarnival ChicagoSewersLittle Big World
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 novelty characters
EddieJango FettMike VallelyDaisy
Tony Hawk's Game Series
Pro SkaterPro Skater 2Pro Skater 2XPro Skater 3Pro Skater 4UndergroundUnderground 2Underground 2 RemixAmerican WastelandAmerican Sk8landProject 8Downhill JamProving GroundMotionRideShredPro Skater HDShred SessionPro Skater 5

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