‘Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3’ named best PS2 sports game of all time

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If you can, think back to 2001. During that year, Slipknot came out Iowa, Limp Bizkit had released Chocolate starfish and hot dog flavored water, and Wheatus’ Teenager dirt bag sold over half a million copies in the UK alone.

Sometimes a video game comes along that defines the times we live in. For this twisted generation of Donkey– look at, young people wearing jeans chains, this game was Tony Hawk Professional Skater 3.

It was released on October 28, 2001 and is hands down the greatest sports video game of all time. That’s right, you millennials who wet the bed have nothing that can compete with that.

You might have an ultimate squad sick with 100% chemistry, but have you ever seen Darth Maul land a Force Grab through the ditch of cars in Canada to the sound of the Ramones? I did not mean it.

Credit: Activision / Neversoft

Statistics also confirm this. It currently sits proudly atop the charts for the greatest PS2 sports games of all time on Metacritic (97/100) and sits at the top of all PS2 games with the mighty Grand Theft Auto III. It also received a perfect 10/10 rating from the popular gaming website GameSpot – only 11 games ever achieved it.

So what made him so awesome? Well, for starters, it gave all of us the opportunity to perform tricks on a skateboard that most of us would break our testicles trying to do in real life. Most of us can barely stand on a skateboard, so it’s nice to be able to try it out without breaking our spleen.

There is also the soundtrack. There are the Ramones, Motorhead and KRS One – bang after bang. Even the presence of Alien Ant Farm couldn’t spoil him.

The levels – they’re all excellent. You would expect that there might be a weak one, but there just isn’t. Each has a secret cassette, unique challenges, and – of course – the SKATE collection mission.

The Foundry and Canada are two of the most popular, but really they’re all good.

On top of that, there are secret areas on the levels – it’s hard to match the feeling you get when you think you’ve maxed out and get frustrated before you find a whole new piece to explore.

Oh, and if you want there is the park editor where you can build your own level / mega-ramp / death maze to enjoy.

Seriously, this might not just be the best PS2 game ever, but maybe even the greatest game of any sort.

From there, with the Tony Hawk franchise, the graphics got better, but things never looked so good.


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