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Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 (And why it’s above your expectations)

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Activision has done pretty well for itself in the past few years. Franchises like Call of Duty, Spyro, Guitar Hero, and Prototype have propelled the company to soaring heights. And when Activision joined with Blizzard and it’s triple-threat juggernaut of the Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo series, the newly formed, and unoriginally named Activision Blizzard struck fear into the hearts of all the other publishers. But Activision doesn’t have a perfect record. A few genres have slipped through their grasp, one of them being skateboarding. EA’s Skate series, with its emphasis on realism and the highly praised “trick-stick” control scheme, has knocked the former king Tony Hawk off his throne. But if Tony Hawk is the Michael Jordan of the board, with American Wasteland, Project 8, and Proving Ground being his days with the Wizards, (and Ride being his recent horrible season as GM of the Charlotte Bobcats), then Underground 2 would be his last days with the Chicago Bulls. Continue reading

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