It's funny to think that just a couple of years ago hardly anyone
knew what a darkslide was or even a kickflip. However, with the
advent of one of the best games ever, Tony Hawk's
Pro-skateboarder, these trick names became common fare even
among people who had never skateboarded before. Unfortunately,
there is a downside to Tony Hawk's success: clones. In some
aspects, clones can be a good thing because they provide more of
the same action, but the chances are a clone doesn't even come
close to competing with its predecessor.
When I hear the acronym "MTV", nausea usually overcomes me
with images of the Backstreet Boys and N'sync. Because I don't like
MTV, I didn't expect much from MTV Skateboarding: Featuring
Andy "I have too much chest hair" McDonald and I was right not to.
The game features an array of game modes, which include:
freeplay, lifestyle, high score, MTV hunt, survival, and stunt. In
addition to a unique amount of gameplay modes, the game also
features a lot of highly talented lesser-known skaters, such as: Rob
Dyrdeck, Brian Howard, Rick Howard, Keith Hufnagel, Scott
Johnston, Josh Kalis, and Stevie Williams. At least MTV tries to
give some recognition to the skaters who aren't always in the
media spotlight, or maybe they just couldn't use Tony or The Cab
because of copyright reasons.
The one thing that the Playstation version of Tony Hawk lacked
was crisp graphics. So naturally you would expect the designers
behind MTV Skateboarding to spice up the game with some great
eye candy. However, they opted for the "half-assed" approach.
The graphics within the parks themselves are good, but the skaters
and the text leave a lot to be desired. Throughout the courses, all
kinds of high-res sponsor logos dot the ramps, like Volcom, Dub
Brand Weather Gear, Chocolate, and El Wood, which really adds
to the skatepark feel. The player models themselves are extremely
ugly and seem small compared to the ramps. One thing that did
strike mw was the actual skateboard itself. The flip tricks look
much better in MTV Skateboarding than Tony Hawk one or two.
Despite this, the graphics leave a whole lot to be desired.
A year or two ago, I purchased a Gravis USB Gamepad Pro
because it is an almost an exact copy of the Playstation controller.
Because I had this controller, I was confident even before I played
the game, that skateboarding on my computer would not be a
problem. Unfortunately, I was mistaken. MTV Skateboarding does
not appear to fully support gamepads, which is funny because on
the control screen it has an image of my gamepad. With no
gamepad, I was stuck using the keyboard. The keyboard was not
designed with skateboarding in mind; therefore doing complex
trick combinations is almost impossible. Every time I played this
game, I felt frustrated I was being forced to use a keyboard instead
of my gamepad, it ruined what fun I might have had.
Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it,
MTV Skateboarding features a lot of unique tricks you won't find in
Tony Hawk title. Despite new tricks, MTV Skateboarding tends to
get boring after a while. Unlocking new parks isn't that hard, but in
comparison to Tony Hawk 2, there isn't enough of them. It would
have been nice to see a lot of real world modeled skateparks as
well, not just made up ones. The stunt mode is rather stupid as
well, you move from location to location doing stuff most real
skaters wouldn't possibly do in real life. The MTV Hunt mode is
boring as well, you skate around collecting MTV logos and when
you fall you drop the logos you picked up, sounds like a blast,
On a positive note, MTV Skateboarding features a decent
soundtrack that will please anyone who is into rock and roll. Bands
such as Pennywise, Snapcase, and the Deftones help to plow
through the skateparks. The sound effects for the skateboard are
average, they sound somewhat realistic, but they do leave a lot to
Initially I was happy to see a skateboarding game on the PC but
after closer inspection, I was discouraged that clones were making
their way to the PC. This game should be passed up by everyone.
Why? Because Tony Hawk 2 should arrive for the PC anytime now
and MTV Skateboarding is child's play compared to Tony Hawk 2.