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Thrasher: Skate and Destroy Preview

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Scheduled release date:

December '99

  When we first played the demo version of Tony Hawk, we thought the game couldn't get any better. Now before playing the demo version of Thrasher we thought it would pose a threat to Activision's title. But now that we have played Thrasher I must say that Tony Hawks Pro Skater has nothing to worry about, because Thrasher: Skate and Destroy is missing the aspects that made Tony Hawk one of the best PSX titles to date.

   When we started playing Thrasher we found ourselves constantly falling down. We though maybe because we just suck in the game, but we let numerous people try and the same results occurred. Whenever you so slightly touch the wall you fall off the board, if you hit the rail you fall, you hit this you fall, that you fall, etc. It got to the point of anger until we started to go crazy. Of course we had to calm ourselves down with a friendly game of Tony Hawk. This problem needs to be really fixed in Thrasher or it can turn out to be a very boring title that will only make the player very disgruntled.

   The demo stage in Thrasher is no where near as innovative as Tony Hawk's stages are. To me they seem very dull and never impress me much. Never the less the graphics are pretty good. The character models are very detailed, and there is no polygonal break up. Still the game fails to amuse me in terms of gameplay. I never feel the adrenaline rush and the game lacks too much in order to make up for something.

   On a final note keep in mind that this is not the final version, and hopefully Z-Axis will make improvements as the game gets closer to it's release. But if you are looking for the total simulation to skateboarding and have some patience, this could be the right game for you.

11/2/1999 SolidSnake

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