Tony Hawk's Project 8

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Tony Hawk's Project 8
Tony Hawk's Project 8 cover.jpg
Developer(s) Shaba Games (PS2 & Xbox)
Neversoft (X360 & PS3)
Page 44 Studios (PSP)
Publisher(s) Activision
Series Tony Hawk's Pro Skater
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable
Release date(s) NA 20061107November 7, 2006

AU 20061115November 15, 2006
NA November 17, 2006 (PS3)
EU 20061117November 17, 2006
NA November 21, 2006 (PSP)
AU March 8, 2007 (PSP)
PAL March 23, 2007 (PS3)
EU June 8, 2007 (PSP)
JP 20071129November 29, 2007

Genre(s) Extreme sports
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Distribution Blu-ray Disc, DVD, UMD

Tony Hawk's Project 8, officially abbreviated as THP8, is the eighth installment in the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series of video games. It was released on sixth-generation (PlayStation 2 and Xbox) and seventh-generation consoles (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3). The name Project 8 refers to the Project 8 competition featured in the storyline, and because it is the eighth game in the series.

Story[edit]

The game begins in the custom skater's hometown in surburbia. After breaking out into the main streets, a team created by Tony Hawk is made. The team is called Project 8 and comprises eight skaters.

The skater character unlocks levels, causes destruction, attempts challenges and impresses locals and pros, in order to be part of the Project 8 tour.

At the end, the skater must successfully hold the crowd back while Tony escapes.

Game features[edit]

Project 8 features one giant streaming city to skate in (only on the PS3 and Xbox 360), which contains various skate parks and "hidden sections". An E3 preview by a member of the PlanetTonyHawk.com staff stated "The levels are massive and an amalgamation of just about every level in the early THPS games. So Suburbia, School, Downtown and Factory (I, II and III) are all interconnected and part of the same town." [1] There are about 45 skaters in the game, including unlockable characters, who each have a unique mo-cap style (only on the PS3 and Xbox 360), providing a different experience and no recycled animations.

One new feature is the 'nail the trick' option. When a player enters this mode the camera will zoom in on the side to focus on the skateboard and the character's feet. Players will then be able to use the right analog and left analog sticks to control the right and left feet, allowing the player to flip and rotate the board in any such manner; including tapping the underside of the board in the air and merging various techniques to form new moves.

Another new ability in the game is to control the characters in the game during crashes, allowing you to obtain a high "Hospital bill", with bonus money awarded for broken bones—this feature is used in numerous challenges across the story mode (only on PS3 and Xbox 360). Players can also induce a wreck manually in a way very similar to Thrasher: Skate and Destroy on the PlayStation. Lastly, players still have the option to get off their skateboard at any time and run, though it plays a very small role in the game overall, other than avoiding bails and extending combos. On the PlayStation 2 and the PSP versions, it has people that are called "Stokens". Stokens are people that stoke you for your tricks on your board. If you hit them and make them fall and if you get closer to them while they are getting up, they will sucker punch you. There are various genders and types of stokens in the game like teenage boys, teenage girls and mechanics (only on Downtown, City Center, Car Factory, Fun Park and Crete Park).

Tournament[edit]

The game has been added on the World Cyber Games.

Reception[edit]

The game has been met with mostly positive reviews, with the Xbox 360 version garnering an overall average of 81% on GameRankings. It was especially the subject of praise for its "Nail the Trick" mode and graphical enhancements (it has, however, received criticism for the removal of several key features).

In the GameSpot review of the PlayStation 3 version, Project 8 was criticized for its lack of online play and unstable framerate.[2] Criticism has been aimed at the versions of the game on all Sony systems (PSP, PS2, PS3) which all lack any online multiplayer functions. Major gaming websites like IGN and GameSpot note that since the Tony Hawk franchise was the first game series available to be playable online on the PlayStation 2, the PlayStation 3's omission is strange, especially considering the Xbox 360 version is fully playable on Xbox Live, and all prior versions of the series back to Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 have been fully supported by online play with the PlayStation 2.[citation needed]

Awards[edit]

  • Received the IGN award for Best Licensed Soundtrack on PlayStation 3 in 2006.

Soundtrack[edit]

The game's award-winning soundtrack featured 57 tracks from a variety of artists.[3]

No. Title Length
  1. +44 - Lycanthrope (Rock/Other)
  2. 76% Uncertain - I Hate the Radio (Punk)
  3. Aurelius - Hemlock (Metal)
  4. Bad Religion - Social Suicide (Punk)
  5. Black Mountain - Druganaut (Rock/Other)
  6. The Channeling - The Frighteners (Punk)
  7. Charizma and PB Wolf - Devotion (Hip Hop)
  8. Claus Grabke - Cause I Can (Rock/Other)
  9. Cryptic Slaughter - Lowlife (Punk)
  10. The Cure - Plastic Passion (Rock/Other)
  11. Damian Marley - Move (Reggae)
  12. The Dead Milkmen - Punk Rock Girl (Punk)
  13. Die Young (TX) - Anthem of the Prodigal Son (Metal)
  14. Eagles of Death Metal - Chase the Devil (Punk)
  15. FunkFace - Zoo York City (Punk)
  16. Gnarls Barkley - Gone Daddy Gone (Hip Hop)
  17. Gym Class Heroes - The Queen and I (Hip Hop)
  18. Hieroglyphics - At The Helm (Hip Hop)
  19. The Hold Steady - Your Little Hoodrat Friend (Rock/Other)
  20. Immortal - One by One (Metal)
  21. Jaylib - The Red (Hip Hop)
  22. Joy Division - Interzone (Rock/Other)
  23. Kasabian - Club Foot (Rock/Other)
  24. Klaxons - Gravity's Rainbow (Rock/Other)
  25. Kool and the Gang - Summer Madness (Funk)
  26. Legitimate Business - 80 on 80 (Rock/Other)
  27. Liquid Liquid - Optimo (Funk)
  28. Living Legends - Moving at the Speed of Life (Hip Hop)
  29. Ministry - Stigmata Remix (Rock/Other)
  30. Mogwai - Glasgow Mega Snake (Rock/Other)
  31. Monty Are I - In This Legacy (Punk)
  32. Nine Inch Nails - Getting Smaller (Rock/Other)
  33. Noise - Dirty Evil (Rock/Other)
  34. Oh No - Chump (Hip Hop)
  35. Pardon My Extinguisher - Bitch and Moan (Punk)
  36. Primus - American Life (Rock/Other)
  37. The Ramones - I Wanna Live (Punk)
  38. Revolution Mother - Second Thoughts (Rock/Other)
  39. Slayer - Angel of Death (Metal)
  40. Sonic Youth - Nic Fit (Punk)
  41. Stasera - Palisades (Rock/Other)
  42. Supersuckers - Goodbye (Punk)
  43. The Sword - Iron Swan (Metal)
  44. The Throwaways - You're Not the Only One (Rock/Other)
  45. Thine Eyes Bleed - Without Warning (Metal)
  46. The Thunderlords - Ice Cream Headache (Punk)
  47. Toots and the Maytals - Time Tough (Reggae)
  48. Transplants - Pay Any Price (Punk)
  49. Typical Cats - Any Day (Hip Hop)
  50. Ugly Duckling - Smack (Hip Hop)
  51. Van Stone - Skate Town (Punk)
  52. Voltera - Do What your Daddy Say (Rock/Other)
  53. The Walkmen - This Job is Killing Me
  54. Wildchild - Wonder Years (Hip Hop)
  55. Wolfmother - Woman (Rock/Other)
  56. Zeke - Kill the King (Punk)

The following tracks appear in the Seventh generation versions.

No. Title Length
  1. ESWS - Uncle Todd's Cabin (Rock/Other)
  2. Stay Gold Pony Boy - Communist Parties (Rock/Other)
  3. The Long Thaw - Come Taste It (Rock/Other)
  4. The Walkmen - Tenley Town (Punk)

"Tenley Town" by The Walkmen was mislabeled as "This Job is Killing Me" in the current generation versions.

Characters[edit]

Normal Skaters[edit]

Unlockable Skaters[edit]

[4]

References[edit]