Tony Hawk’s Underground 2: Remix
gives you quite a lot of game for your dollar. Like other successful launch games, Lumines
for example, THUG 2: Remix
offers play modes that will cater to both the long car trip gamer or those just waiting at the bus stop.
Story mode is Remix’s core mode. You, along with several other skaters, have been chosen to take part in a worldwide skate-and-destroy event led by Tony Hawk and Bam Margera. The event entails traveling to different locations, both in the U.S. and around the world, and turning them into large skate parks and completing goals. Think Pro Skater mixed with “Viva La Bam!,” and you’ve got an idea as to what to expect. At the start, you’re given a simple set of goals to complete, which include a combination of performing certain tricks and combos or causing destruction. For example, one mission requires you to grind four objects in the level, while another has you decapitating statues. You’ll also unlock special goals by finding your pro-skater partner or special guest skaters like West Coast Chopper’s Jesse James or Ben Franklin. These goals follow the same general pattern as normal goals, but are much, much harder.
In order to complete a level, you don’t have to accomplish every goal. However, some goals are dependant on others. For example, in order to unlock the half-pipe truck and perform that goal, you have to complete one of Jesse James’ goals. Completing some missions also opens up new areas in a level to explore; usually opening up even more goals or making some of your goals easier.
All of the locations from the console version make their way over to the PSP. In addition, new levels have been added, giving the game its “Remix” subtitle. The new locations match up nicely with the already existing levels and, if you didn’t know any better, feel like they’ve always been in the game.
Aside from the robust Story mode, which makes up a large portion of the game, other modes from the console versions have been squeezed into the UMD. Classic mode plays like the original Pro Skater games. You’re given a list of goals, a target score, and a time limit. Time limits are short, making this mode ideal for gamers looking for a quick game. Classic missions are not as diverse as those found in Story mode, and usually involve stringing together combos or collecting letters to spell SKATE.
Wireless multiplayer is also available and includes all of the console version’s multiplayer games along with a new one, Scavenger Hunt.