Well here it is, review 3/3 for the 360 games. I hope that my friend up here let's me play the next crop, but it might take some time for that. So far, Condemed has a B, and Perfect Dark Zero has a C-, Where does Tony Hawk, American Wasteland fall under?
Despite the fact that this is not a console exclusive is a big problem going in. On 6 systems, including handhelds, the mass release at least gives it a lot of diversity console-wise. And since I never played the other version (in all honesty, sport games are not my favorite genre.) so this is based on this version only, and my knowledge and experience of the PSX and PS2 versions my brother had at home.
Graphics- Once again, it proves to be the strongpoint. The graphics are slick, and there are no framerate hiccups here. I can safely say that the system has proven that it is technologically superior to the Cube, X-Box, and PS2 at this point. Although the load times were short, it was annoying to wait, so nitpickers might not like that. I wish Los Angelas was bigger though, and the whole massive L.A thing was kind of crappy.
Final Score- B+
Play Control- Well well, not much has changed here since the last Tony Hawk game, or the other Tony Hawk games going back to PSX. While it still works, and it was fun to make a skater (always loved create-a-modes), and use things like bikes as well as the skateboard to preform combos (which for some reason were really hard to do, although my friends found it easy when they had their turns. I guess I just suck.). I didn't like, however, the way the storyline went. It was to cheesy for me, and while adding the classic levels (those damn tapes...and letters) is a treat, they are old and annoying to me as well.
Final Score- B-
Sound- The voice acting was ok, the music was decent. There really is not much to say here, because the songs were all covers. Little else, nothing bad, nothing good.
Final Score- C
Satisfaction- While running the risk of sounding biased, I think that Tony Hawk, American Wasteland is a solid game, but for me, was not really that fun. It is the same game from Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3, and Tony Hawk Underground. just a ton of new stuff to do, all the modes added, and thats about it. It is nothing special, but I guess for the right fan, it is worth playing for sure.
Final Score- C
Overall Grade- C+
Well there you have it, 3 games within a week reviewed. While I know a lot of other games, like Quake, Kameo, Madden, and other's are out for the system, the overall results from these three show what you see basically. Graphiclly superior, but gameplay suffered on Perfect Dark heavily, and overall satisfaction plagued Tony Hawk for me. Only Condemed so far I would probably buy, but even that would be short lived considering the game is short. Is the system worth a buy, for me, not right now. Need to wait for a few games to be worth it first, and so far, the one's I did play are not enough for me to buy it. It look's pretty, but who cares if it doesn't play right?