Now…I know I’ve reviewed a Tony Hawk game before, (See here for my amazingly awesome and extremely well written review of Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland. #SuperHumble.) but you’ll have to believe me when I say that while Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland is a great game, nothing…and I mean NOTHING beats Tony Hawk’s Underground 2. It debuted in 2004, and here’s how it goes:
Your character is living life, doing all sorts of tricks on a ramp, as multiple other skaters watch from afar. Just as you come down from the ramp, a van pulls directly into your line of sight and you run smack dab into its doors. A couple of masked people get out, throw you into the back of the van, and drive off. When you come to, you’re surrounded by well known skaters – Such as Bob Burnquist and Mike Vallely. You’re all suddenly approached by a masked man with a chainsaw, and as he tries and succeeds to very literally scare the piss out of one of the skaters, he removes his mask to reveal…Bam Margera. (Yeah I’m aware of the really really really bad early-2000s graphics.)
He and Tony Hawk have gathered some of the best skaters around the world, you included, to join up in the World Destruction Tour. Now…this game requires a bit of knowledge about the t.v. show Viva La Bam – if you’ve never seen it, allow me to give you a quick lowdown. Bam Magera basically just…wreaked all sorts of crazy havoc on his family, friends, and the public. His father, Phil Margera, usually got the brunt of his practical jokes, but it always turned into good fun. Tony and Bam split into two teams, with Tony Captaining one team, while Phil Captained the other. They divided each skater, and you end up on Tony’s. Your goal throughout this tour? Travel city to city causing mayhem and destruction; by that I mean destroying public property, throwing tomatoes at civilians, and generally being an asshole. The winning team will have to pay for the entire trip, and as they travel from various cities, such as Boston, New Orleans, and Barcelona, they try to one-up each other in the raunchiest of ways.
On top of having the story mode, it’s got a classic mode that allows you to re-live the original Tony Hawk Pro Skater, as well as a Create-A-Park mode and Create-A-Skater mode. (Just an FYI, I made my skater into a purple guy with a skeleton head; despite having a skeleton head, he had a mohawk. He had robot hands and a parrot on his shoulder. I named him Pirate Steve.) The game is complete with special guest cameos that range from Wee-Man and Steve-O to Chad Muska and Rodney Mullen. If you’re having a stressful day and you want to unwind, this is definitely the game to do that. It’s funny, it’s insane, and it brings back memories of watching the Jackass television show. I give it a grand 4 out of 5 glasses. If you want to play this game for yourself, then you should know that it’s available on the PlayStation 2, the original Xbox, Gamecube, PSP, Gameboy Advance, and Microsoft Windows. Do you have a favorite from the Tony Hawk series? Let us know, and thank you for reading!