View Full Version : The Sound of the Underground

12-12-2003, 14:01:09
Anyone played Tony Hawks Underground yet?

12-12-2003, 14:34:19
Can you buy it and then give it to me please?

Gramercy Riffs
12-12-2003, 14:34:57
I thought this was going to be a Girls Aloud related thread.

12-12-2003, 14:39:52
Well, I had that song in my head which is what made me think of it.

12-12-2003, 15:07:27
edge said it was very uninspired

the vehicle bits sound a bit crap, that whole tobogganing thing from thps4 was bad enough

not many new ideas apparently

12-12-2003, 15:12:00
Yeah... I'm kind of expecting it'll be a progression in gameplay (like 2 to 3) without the graphical leap.

But I loved 4 so much that I think "more of the same" might still break a couple more game pad flippers.

14-12-2003, 18:49:05

I might buy it after Xmas.

14-12-2003, 23:34:22
I got it today. About 5 hours play so far. It's really good. More of a review tomorrow!

15-12-2003, 09:56:33
OK, so I had avoided really finding out anything about the game before I got it so you probably all know most of this already.

1st thing I noticed "Create a Trick" on the options menu. You can create your own special moves from combinations of other different tricks. Brilliant!

Game starts and you are a kid at home trying to fix up your skateboard. Unlike the previous games, you don't choose a famus skater you start the story mode and then you get thrown into the customise your skater screen. (If you've got the Playstation camera you can photograph your face and stick it on the skater's face). The object is to become a famous skater and join a major team, get a car with 7 DVD screens etc.

The game has proper movie sequences between missions, and although there are some times when you can skate around and talk to people (as in THPS4) it's always very much in context. No fucking around collecting "skate" or whatever. All the missions are relevant to the story, and some trigger the next movie event which progresses you to the next level of the story.

There are some car levels (as K_G mentioned) where you get to drive around levels. They are ok, not brilliant but they are a fairly entertaining diversion. Anyway yesterday I played for 4 hours solid (only stopping because I had to go out) and got onto the 4th level.

I managed to turn Amateur and get signed up by one of the major teams, at that point I went off to the Team's home town. I have a feeling that you get a different level based on what team you pick, which is cool!

15-12-2003, 09:58:11
Oh yeah...

Increasing your stats is now achieved by performing tricks relevent to that stat. eg. Manual for 5 seconds, perform a 7 trick combo etc. you can look to see what you need to do to increase them but sometimes you just do it by accident.

15-12-2003, 19:15:19
That sounds excellent. I might go buy it now.

15-12-2003, 19:41:56
That's a much more interesting way to improve your stats.

15-12-2003, 21:14:45
They'd sold out at both Asda and Blockbusters. Fuckin' Christmas shoppers spoil all my fun.

16-12-2003, 09:29:47
They had sold out in HMV as well. I got it from GAME.

Originally posted by Venom
That's a much more interesting way to improve your stats.

It is, it's much more sensible and you can do it whenever you want. You can increase them to a certain level before you reach amateur, then increase again but have to wait until you turn pro to fully increase them. What it means is that when you get to the next level in the game you can wander around upping your stats.

Only one thing I can't work out is how to increase your 'run' stat... it says you need to do something that I haven't heard of and can't find in the manual (and can't remember the name of now...)

16-12-2003, 13:44:11
I'd like it because it would open up the game for me. I hardly ever pull manuals in THP3 but I'm still maxed out on the stat because I've captured all the points. Doesn't make much sense that a skater who's pulled 4 manuals in his life is awesome at it.

16-12-2003, 13:49:16
Yeah. I've found myself doing stuff like loads of lip tricks just to get the stats up.

The other thing (which is kind of similar to the last one...) is that on each level there is one of the pro skaters and they have special tricks that you can do to open up your special trick slots.

Basically all the goals feel a lot more sensible, they're more fun because they are relevant and they are all different. You aren't just collecting fucking SKATE for the 95 millionth time. It's also quite clever about the way it introduces tricks etc. If you know most of it already then it's a nice reminder. Not sure how hard it'd be for a novice player...

20-12-2003, 12:10:57
I'm stuck!! ARGH!!!

On Hawaii I can't find the final Leid and I can't work out how to kickflip the wedding parties.

20-12-2003, 13:18:29
Found the last leid and that allowed me to progress. Nice. Just did a McTwist off a hotel roof over a police helicopter. Sweet!

21-12-2003, 12:58:10
I've got this now. I was quite concerned that it was going to be too easy at first as I reached chapter 13 of 27 within about 2 or 3 hours, but it's toughening up now.

Mike, which team did you turn pro with when you had the choice after the Tampa AM competition? Does it affect which level you go to next?

Some parts of the game seem really cheap and rushed, like not too much care has gone into them (collision detection on cars and some of the menu screens particularly, and the climbing parts are a bit ropey), but overall the new story-based structure is a nice improvement.

21-12-2003, 23:20:05
I haven't really noticed the things you say being bad, the menu screens are supposed to look kind of messy and skatey aren't they? I think they are cool. Climbing is a bit shit. Running running/jumping into tricks and running in the middle of combos is cool though.

I went with Girl and got to San Diego.

21-12-2003, 23:26:21
They aren't really bad. Just the only things I can pick on really.

21-12-2003, 23:32:42

So what city did you go to?

I picked Girl because I'd already randomly chosen a Girl board earlier on. Oh, and my new pro board fucking rocks.

21-12-2003, 23:46:29
I haven't got a pro board yet. I've just got to Miami, and can't work out how to Acid Drop into the pool. Is San Diego the kind of Spanishy looking place? I think I might have gone there too.

21-12-2003, 23:53:46
Go up the first ladder, go across the gap to your right (you can jump it) and up the second ladder. Then stand on the bit where it says "now acid drop the pool" and hold down R2 as you drop.

22-12-2003, 00:00:09
I'm having problems jumping the gap basically. I'll do it tonight.

22-12-2003, 00:02:21
Get on your board, jump, then get off your board.

Also, I think you can kind of edge along the side of the building.

22-12-2003, 00:06:13
The pool's now closed for de-contamination. Yay me!

22-12-2003, 00:10:27
Give Eric a slap for me if you see him.

22-12-2003, 13:37:37
I've got to Moscow now.

I presumes the thing up there *points way up the board* that you didn't understand re: the running stat you have now sussed?

22-12-2003, 13:38:10
Yep. Because that was one of the first missions I'd forgotten about it.

22-12-2003, 13:41:05

I'm really starting to enjoy the whole climbing side of the game now. It makes the missions so much more involved.

22-12-2003, 13:57:31
Yeah, although it is a bit annoying sometimes!

I'm collecting hangover cures in Moscow. It's taking me ages that goal so I gave up last night.