Virtual skateboarding continues its unstoppable evolution as the Tony Hawk Pro Skater game offers its latest iteration for the PC, porting almost directly from the Xbox. All of the familiar tricks and stunts are back in the fourth edition, as well as a few new moves with more possible combinations, larger levels, more flexible gameplay, and extremely impressive graphics. As it should, Tony Hawk 4 retains the best aspects of its previous version and tweaks gameplay to improve the overall experience.
The demo version has enough to keep gamers happy for a while. Only three skaters and one level (the college campus) are available, but 16 various goals and missions gleaned from folks around town offer Tony Hawk newbies an excellent chance to try out all the essential jumps, kicks, grabs, and combos. Big fans of the series won t necessarily need to download the chunky 132MB file to learn anything new, yet the demo by itself beats the pants off some other full commercial offerings.