Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, Game Boy Advance

Developed by Vicarious Visions and published by Activision in 2001, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 on the Game Boy Advance is one of those games that you’d expect not to work that well – being a handheld conversion of a popular and successful 3D game – but it actually turns out to be a fantastic game in its own right.

Instead of the PlayStation original‘s third-person viewpoint the developers have chosen an isometric view for the GBA port and it works very well. All the courses and challenges are recognisable, and it’s just as much fun skateboarding in this as it was in the original.

Of course there’s a slight downside, and that is that the famous soundtrack has been (necessarily) truncated into shortened instrumental versions of the music that was featured in the original game. That was unavoidable, though, since the original soundtrack was Red Book audio streaming directly off the CD-ROM that it came on. For a handheld cartridge version they were obviously not able to do that. But it’s a small price to pay and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 on the Game Boy Advance remains a great game. Arguably one of the best on the system.

See also: THPS2, THPS3, and THPS4.

More: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 on Wikipedia

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