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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4

Developer: Neversoft Entertainment Publisher: Activision O2
23 October 2002
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THPS4 wasn't my first Tony Hawk game, but it was the first one that grabbed me as a kid. Skating around the open levels finding the challenges for myself, then doing them one at a time was far more pleasing to my nine-year-old mind in 2002 than the previous games' format. With the perspective of time, however, I wish this game hadn't changed the format at all.
THPS1-3 gave you a list of objectives to complete within two minutes. Each one you complete ticks it off the list, allowing you to focus on a different one next time. By having every objective active at once, you can notice the SKATE letters you need to collect while going for the high score. You'll notice where a bunch of things are, giving you an idea of what to go for in your next two-minute chunk.
These objectives return in THPS4, but they're all activated independently of eachother. The SKATE letters are only active when you talk to the guy who gives the SKATE letters objective. You still have two minutes to get the letters or the high score, but it's all separate.
Now this isn't to say that they just took THPS3 and separated the objectives. THPS4 has some more unique objectives that wouldn't have worked in the old format. Most of these, however, aren't good. Anyone who's played THPS4 can tell you all about snake run slalom in Kona, which is extremely difficult for all the wrong reasons. Bam Margera's loop-de-loop jump onto a target and his downhill shopping cart adventure are more examples of poor challenges they now had the freedom to make.
It's not all bad, of course. The Escape from Alcatraz mission is THPS4 at its best, testing your level knowledge and abilities in a way that would not have worked in the standard two minutes.

At the end of the day, though, it all comes down to how each level feels to skate. THPS3 was a classic because every single one of its levels was an instant classic. When the worst level in your game is Suburbia, you're doing pretty damn well for yourself.
THPS4 starts off brilliantly. College, San Francisco, and Alcatraz are all-time great Tony Hawk levels. Kona is a fine skatepark level, but after that, it falls apart. The Shipyard is claustrophobic with items everywhere and no flow at all. London is the opposite, with large sections where it feels like there's nothing to do. The Zoo is the finale level, and is completely dependent on its setpiece missions and animal gimmicks. The Zoo simply isn't a place I'd want to skate at again once the missions are complete.

THPS4 is a game worth playing, and was impressive when it came out. It's an awkward transitional game between the perfect arcade fun of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 and the ambitious story-based approach of Tony Hawk's Underground. It's a good time with some great levels, but it's extremely frontloaded.
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Some mechanical additions that go nowhere is only a small problem for THPS 4. You'd think that the free-flowing combo system would work well with an open-world framework, and occasionally siloing off goals can help bring the focus on fun little skill challenges, but at the same time, they take away from the thrill of a perfect run and lock off so much of the course each time. Under the right mindset and conditions, this is just as good, but it's from here where Tony Hawk would not only lose sight of the arcade structure of the series, but also of the thrill of simply skating itself.
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Kickflippin for the gold medal
Cant really compare it to the previous entries since i never played those, but this one is definitly an important title for me. Not only did it help develop my enjoyment of gaming as a whole, but it also introduced me to punk and hip hop and made me love that for life.

Comprised of 8 small open levels, Pro Skater 4 isnt short of amazing grinds and spots to ride. The series has never been grounded on realism, but i feel that this was their turning point to make it as much over the top as possible. Stuff like grinding 30 seconds from a electricity wire is normal occurrence in this game. Even weirder are the NPCs here, which are living charicatures. The missions they offer range from chaining a combo, to get highscores to tagging cars. There is a big variety of missions to keep you entertained, and they really help you build your skills in the game. The basics of the gameplay are very simply to grasp, but it takes a lot of time to master them. At least without cheating the game.

Above everything else, its just a really fun game to play and it offers a huge amount of content to get through. Grinding and chaining combos to hardcore punk has never been as enjoyable. The soundtrack is really incredible and adds a huge value to the enjoyability of this title.
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buczando Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 2024-03-25T09:13:02Z
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  • lowplacelikehome 2021-07-13 14:32:23.830813+00
    ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT
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  • BigGuy4U 2021-07-18 11:45:20.605123+00
    my first thps game was 3, which i got on ps2, then i got this, on ps1... it wasn't until years later that i realised how odd that is
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    • Bengals 2021-11-03 08:08:42.757681+00
      I'm so sorry. The ps1 version is trash, unlike 3 on ps1, which is actually pretty great.
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  • loophole572 2021-08-14 10:25:25.866447+00
    First time that Neversoft began to spin its wheels. More of THPS3 without making a meaningful change for the better.
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    • lysanne 2023-02-17 06:02:12.264201+00
      not being constrained to 2 minutes is a meaningful change for the better
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  • FarioMerreira 2021-12-21 22:06:10.612778+00
    OH MY GOOD LORD RANGER BOB IS GOING TO AMASS AN ARMY OF HYPNOTIZED TOURISTS! STOP HIS EVIL PLOT OR WE'LL SURELY LOSE THIS ISLAND! KNOCK HIM OFF THAT LEDGE!
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  • bigappleheartbreak 2022-03-07 03:49:56.167132+00
    i never knew this was on PS1 as well. insane. i want to find a copy just for the novelty
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  • kopytko95 2023-05-25 11:21:54.13908+00
    HEYYY SKATER PERSON
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  • okayfrog 2023-09-18 22:10:05.576263+00
    tbqh, the PS1 version could probably be split off; it looks like Neversoft had no hand in developing it, it was all Vicarious Visions.
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  • phoen1x_music 2023-10-23 18:42:44.101927+00
    i love the casper tricks, theyre so much fun to do combos with. its awesome
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