Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Remix

Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Remix

Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Remix

Buy it again, Bam.

Neversoft's Jackass-ification of the Tony Hawk series has been almost apologetic. Real skaters were never a problem - mild-mannered Tony Hawk always struck me as a nice chap anyway - but THUG 2 kicks off as professional-crazy Bam Margera abducts pro-skaters and shanghais them into touring the globe performing skating stunts and doing "wacky" things, like throwing tomatoes at a bull's testicles. Why have you done that, Neversoft? "Well, um, er, something about the zeitgeist, skate culture, mumble-mumble. But it's okay! Because the levels are excellent! And you can have the two-minute mode back!" Oh, well, that's alright then.

And, actually, it is. Providing you can put up with the obnoxious nonsense that constitutes the single-player "Story", you'll have lots of fun skateboarding in the THUG 2 Remix, which is ostensibly just high-ranking-wry-pranking THUG 2 with a few new levels.

In other words, it's a game about skating along, jumping, kick-flipping, spinning and "tricking" as you leap into the air above the half-pipes, grinding along rails and steps - virtually any straight edge, in fact - and connecting it all together by tottering along balanced on the nose or tail of the 'board - something called "manualing", made all the more difficult by the need to centre an icon on a pendulous balance-meter against its will to slide off to one side.

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