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   Tony Hawk's Pro Skater was without a doubt one of the PS' biggest hits. The sales were phenomenal for the game, nobody expected the game to be this big. But as soon as THPS reached those big numbers Activision knew that they had something huge on their hands. They quickly started working on the sequel and after months and months of waiting for Activision to release a previewable copy for the press or at least a demo, that day has finally come. We have just received a demo of THPS 2, it has some features open that will keep your pants on until the game is released later this year.

   Visually it looks like the game has received a few touch ups. The skaters are larger, and they have a more smoother look to them. Neversoft has gone to push the PS slightly more. While graphic improvements are barely noticeable it was there. That is how THPS 2 is, except it stands out more. In the demo there are some pop up problems, but the same experience was present in one the previewable versions of THPS 1. I haven't seen much of the course design yet, only because I have experienced one course and Create a Park mode, but for the most part all of the textures and backgrounds seem perfectly fine. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2's visuals exceed those in THPS 1, though ever so slightly they are still noticeable.

   My first though about Tony Hawk 2 was that "won't it just be the same game with different levels". It turns out that I was so wrong and I found out how much Neversoft changed about THPS 2. To start of with, the move list feels unique to each character. I tried to do Rocket Air, but I wound up doing some other move, the specials haven't been changed but to score big points seems like you have to put a little more effort. The two things that distinguish both games apart is the fact that THPS 2 has an all new Create a Skater and Skatepark mode. In the demo there was approximately 40% of options to choose from, and for a demo I was pretty content. The create a skater wasn't open, but knowing Neversoft they are planning something big. Each skater now has many new stats, there are about 10 different stats listed for each character, one of them is the speed the skater has for spinning in air. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater2 has received a dramatic change for a sequel, it is nice to see a developer care so much for delivering a worthy sequel.

   Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 is planned for an October/November release, and as Activision gives us more we will have it all for you. Just like the first Tony Hawk we will be on the second one, tracking it like a hurricane. Stay posted.

5/18/2000 SolidSnake

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