Back in 2001, Bob Burnquist was on top of
the world. He just won the X Games with an incredible run. He was in second place, and
it was the last run of the event. He messed up a trick a little bit in the beginning and
landed sketchy, and he just went for it and did crazy stuff back to back to back. It was
one of the greatest moments in skateboard history. Take a minute to watch it if you
haven’t seen it. So after Tony Hawk retired from the X Games,
Bob Burnquist became the face of it. And in 2001, he literally became the face of the
X Games with ESPN X Games Skateboarding. He dropped out of Tony Hawk 3 to be in this game,
in fact. So I saw this at the game store, and I didn’t
remember ever seeing it before. It’s a forgotten game, it’s heavily sponsored. Is there any
chance that it’s good? Well, there’s only one way to find out. Being an X Games licensed game, of course
you get to play the X Games. There are two options, park and vert. There’s no best trick,
no doubles, and no real street category. Let’s try vert. It’s easily the more enjoyable
of the modes, which is a tragedy that we’ll get to later. It starts off looking really good. The presentation
is good, and the supers all look nice. This comes from the partnership with ESPN and X
Games, but ultimately isn’t all that important; we need to see how it plays. For the most
part, I was impressed. The controls are awkward and unresponsive a lot of the time, but you
can get into a rhythm and flow through a decent run. There’s an interesting special meter
in the game where it saves up. You can either use special tricks as they become available,
or you can wait and do a super trick and drain the whole meter. All in all, the system works.
There’s a risk and reward aspect to the specials, because you have to keep an eye on the timer
and see if you can afford to wait. That said, it’s really easy. This is the first
thing I did in this game, even before the tutorial. I got a gold medal in 2 tries. So
although this part of the game is good, it doesn’t last. The next section is park mode. This is where
the game starts to take a turn. The first thing I noticed is that there’s only one park
available, and you never unlock any more. Since they had the X Games license, it would
have been really cool if they did some of the parks from the past, and let you recreate
competitions from different years. This would have been cool with vert, but different channels,
roll-ins, and extensions don’t make a huge difference in a video game. For street though?
Anything would have been better than this. The level is really cramped, which wouldn’t
be a huge problem if the controls worked. It’s so hard to get your skater to go where
you want. You have to push to control your speed, but it’s really hard to slow down and
turn accurately. You can powerslide to a dead stop, but that wastes too much time. Prepare
to run into a bunch of stuff. Since it’s really hard to actually land stuff
you want to land, you might think that you should skate some transition. It’s a good
way to rack up some points, but unfortunately, you’re being scored on using the whole park.
This mode is honestly really difficult. While I finished vert in 10 minutes, it took me
almost an hour to put together a couple of decent park runs to get the gold. Hey man, we’re about to release Tony Hawk’s
Pro Skater 3! You can compete in competitions in cool skateparks all over the world! Ugh. Yeah, I know. But we’re just getting
started here. The next mode is called arcade mode. Have
you ever played an arcade game? You try to get a high score. Maybe there’s a time limit?
You know, maybe something exactly like the competitions we just did? Well you’re in for
a surprise. The arcade mode is actually the career mode in the game. There is a lot of this awkward wording that
makes the game difficult to play. “Fve-zero grind!” The next major one is in the challenges,
or, excuse me “licenses” from the first level, which is “make 6 combos”. If you
speak English at all, your first thought will be that you have to land, or “make” 6
different combos. But no matter how many I did, it wasn’t working. For some reason, it
wasn’t counting my combos. Well it turns out, what you’re actually supposed to do is land
a combo with 6 tricks in it. And you do the exact same thing in the next
level. Then 8 for the next couple levels. Then 10, and 12. This game is extremely uncreative
with the challenges. You collect a thing, find an X Games emblem, get a score, get checkpoints,
and do combos. Every time. And the combos get extremely difficult because manuals don’t
work, and your balance stat never increases. But wait! You can solve balance problems with
one weird trick! Take those new smooth bearings and chuck them!
Dig around in your dirty broken skateboard parts box and pick the rustiest, grossest
bearings you can find. Pop in in and you won’t believe what happens next. The worse your bearings are, the better your
balance is. This drives me crazy. If they wanted to be able to customize your stats,
they could have used board size and shape, wheel size, wheel hardness, riser pads maybe.
Literally anything other than bearing speed would have been okay. And you know what? There
are pro skaters in the game. They probably came into the office to have pictures taken
for their character models and stuff. Couldn’t they have taken 5 minutes and asked some of
these guys if the game makes any sense? Anyway, back to the arcade mode. It’s awkward
and slow, and it sometimes blocks off major parts of a level in a weird way. The museum
is a good example. It’s got an incredibly precise grind that’s almost impossible when
fighting with the camera. But you miss out on half the level if you don’t do it. The
ruins level is very linear, and you have to go all the way back around if you miss a jump. Compare this to the Tony Hawk games. You can
pretty much go anywhere you want. There are different ways to get places, and secret areas
are actually bonuses, not just parts of the level that are annoying to get to. Hey dude, I see you skating a cruise ship!
Wanna try mine out? [sigh] Yeah, I would, but I have to polish
off this turd first. So thankfully, the game is mercifully short.
Only 6 levels- Los Angeles– We have Los Angeles too! You can trigger an
earthquake if you grind the right rails, and you have to do a varial kickflip over- Yeah, ok, I know. So, Los Angeles, a museum,
a cruise ship, New York, and some ruins. When you finish them all, you unlock “a mode
with cartoon-like characters”, and “another mode.” This is just another example of the
awkward vagueness X Games suffers from. Disaster slide! What’s the cartoon mode? Is it a re-skin of
the game with a different renderer that adds cel shading and more vibrant colors? Nope.
Just big head mode. As for “another mode,” I spent a while
looking around to find where this actually was. As is turns out, it’s just added challenges
to the original levels. The checkpoints and collectibles are moved, and the score and
combo challenges are harder. They didn’t even flip the stage or open up new areas or anything.
It’s just the same exact level to suffer through again. At this point, I just quit. I’m not putting
myself through that again. The game has no redeeming qualities. Like the balancing for
example. If you’re doing a grind, you might start to lose balance and then even back out,
but there’s no meter, there’s no way to do it on purpose I don’t think. And the manuals
are even worse. You just do a manual perfectly for a little while, then you fall off. There’s
no indication why. Now if this game was super realistic and it was a sim, I could understand
it being difficult, but in one level you kill mummies and you find an alien space ship.
Come on. Now let’s just take a minute to appreciate
the announcer: Absolutely amazing! Oh! Three tricks in a row? Whoa! Mute pincer. That’s impossible! Oh my gosh! That was nice! Oh my gosh! That was sick! Ow, that hurt. Grab tack knee. Lookin’ clean! I guess “appreciate” is the wrong word.
Of course, using the wrong word is exactly what this game does best. So, does ESPN X Games skateboarding have any
redeeming qualities? For the game itself? No. It’s garbage. But, the pseudo-sequel Evolution
Skateboarding, is actually not bad. I mean, it is a B-List skateboarding game, but they
fixed a lot of the control issues and they added some flavor to the game. Like, there
are boss fights in it. There’s a giant semi truck on the loose and you have to do grinds
on it in order to stop it. Or you have to free captives from a weird Castlvania dungeon.
It’s pretty interesting. I’ll probably take a closer look at it later. But Bob Burnquist does not return for this
game. He saw how the last one turned out, and he jumped ship back to the Tony Hawk series.
A good move for him, and probably a good move for you too. If you’re like me and you’ve
played every skateboarding game and you’re just dying to try a few more, maybe it’s worth
a couple of dollars, but probably not. Well that’s all for this time. What game should
I cover next? Let me know in the comments.

X Games Skateboarding for PS2 – Wait, is that Bob Burnquist?
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78 thoughts on “X Games Skateboarding for PS2 – Wait, is that Bob Burnquist?

  • April 4, 2016 at 5:05 pm
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    the skate seriers?

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  • April 4, 2016 at 8:23 pm
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    Looks like a wasted oppurtunity for sure :/ great review though man! Really liking you going through these older skate games! 🙂 I think Trasher next! I still play it from time to time and I still enjoy it! Might not be pretty but sure is fun! 🙂

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  • April 4, 2016 at 9:32 pm
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    Have you played the Xtreme series games? Found a demo copy of mine the other day and had to post it to you.

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  • April 5, 2016 at 2:08 am
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    Grab Tack Knee review man!!! I appreciate the sacrifice you made to play this terrible game so now I won't have to.

    The spin mechanics while in the air remind me of the Street Sk8r games, which is no good. But one thing that did look ok was the animation of the tail and blunt slides.

    It's really a shame that more wasn't done with the XGames licensing, there was so much potential there.

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  • April 5, 2016 at 6:46 am
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    Really liking these reviews. I think the sound mixing could be a little bit better though. I think the music in the beginning overpowers your voice a little bit, and then when your showing the game footage there is too much sound going on. The game volume, background music, and your narration is all kind of competing.
    Other than that I love your videos and your reviews. They're really well thought out and otherwise well produced 🙂

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  • April 5, 2016 at 9:43 am
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    Maybe a review on OlliOlli?

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  • April 21, 2016 at 12:45 pm
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    nice! I like the camera angle it gives the game a sort of realistic feeling…

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  • May 2, 2016 at 12:42 am
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    How do you get such good quality video for your ps2 footage?

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  • June 8, 2016 at 5:24 am
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    disaster slide… grab tack knee… oh boy

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  • June 24, 2016 at 4:32 pm
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    YOur videos are awesome and informative.

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  • August 2, 2016 at 7:45 pm
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    I have this game. and i hated it.

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  • August 17, 2016 at 10:29 am
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    Gameplay and physics engine looks exactly like THPSHD.

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  • August 27, 2016 at 5:50 am
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    Great video, love the channel! Now that you have played this piece of crap, check out Evolution Skateboarding. It is the sequel/spiritual successor to this game. They improved the gameplay a bit, and it also has Metal Gear Solid skateboarding in it. Definitely worth checking out! Keep up the great work with the channel!

    EDIT: Haha, just saw the end of the video! I shouldn't have doubted your vast
    knowledge of extreme sports games! Subscribed, can't wait to see your
    video on Evo Skateboarding!

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  • September 11, 2016 at 5:47 am
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    i remember having that game as a kid i loved the first arcade level but i could never do any of the challenges xD but that evolution sateboard game looks really sick i need to find it

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  • September 28, 2016 at 9:26 pm
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    Grab tack knee :^)

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  • September 30, 2016 at 11:06 pm
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    i had this game on PS2 actually it was completly horrible but not for the graphicz and vertanimations 😘

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  • October 7, 2016 at 4:27 pm
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    This game isn't even worth a dollar

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  • October 19, 2016 at 7:19 am
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    Check Bob's talks bearings on his mega ramp setup: https://youtu.be/vb-UGAUg0RY

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  • October 31, 2016 at 1:02 am
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    nice review bro!

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  • November 5, 2016 at 7:01 am
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    I forgot about this game. I remember playing it before THPS3 was out and thought the graphics were phenomenal at the time but that was the only good thing about it. I remember being lost most of the time and that damn announcer is annoying as hell. BENIHANAAAA!

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  • February 1, 2017 at 10:05 am
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    linkin park a place for my head intro rick mccrank with a beautiful flat heel flip over a bench ! what a beautiful intro ! 🙂

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  • February 14, 2017 at 4:46 pm
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    Omg i just realised i have the same hair style as rad rat

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  • March 10, 2017 at 8:07 am
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    So that's y bob burnquist isn't in thps3

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  • March 16, 2017 at 11:14 pm
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    I had this game at 13. i just started skateboarding my mom wouldn't get me tony hawk pro skater 3 until 2 months after Christmas.

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  • April 2, 2017 at 1:48 pm
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    this is a game to trick parents or grama for Christmas

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  • April 18, 2017 at 11:00 pm
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    To me it is a really good game.

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  • May 23, 2017 at 4:31 am
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    Why hasn't he done backyard skateboarding with Andy mac yet? 😂

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  • May 24, 2017 at 1:08 am
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    I HOPE YOU DIDNT FORGET ABOUT HARD MODE AFTER YOU BEAT THE GAME

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  • May 24, 2017 at 1:08 am
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    i beat it completely

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  • May 24, 2017 at 1:09 am
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    checkout evolution skateboarding u get a map from metal gear solid

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  • May 25, 2017 at 1:20 am
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    Trasher Skate and Destroy

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  • May 30, 2017 at 3:43 pm
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    This game was so hard

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  • June 1, 2017 at 1:26 pm
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    Seems like a poorly made quickly thrown together THPS ripoff looking to make a quick cash grab.

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  • June 1, 2017 at 1:54 pm
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    Hey Rad Rat,
    I just wanted to thank you for this video. I had no clue what to call the YouTube channel I'm starting. I now have a name for it, "Grab Tack Knee" it's going to be me going to skate parks and learning to skate, at the age of 43. My goal and intention is to inspire other people my age to try it out. I do have some experience on a board as I skated in my teens.

    Thanks again, not only for this video but for all your videos.
    J aka "Grab Tack Knee"

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  • June 3, 2017 at 9:42 pm
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    Dude the "polish off this turd first" line killed me…delivered so passively but yet so perfectly

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  • June 5, 2017 at 9:54 pm
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    @Rad Rat Video, could you ever review The DVD Movie/ Documentary X Games Evolution Of Skate along with special features? Also same thing with other X Games DVD's?

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  • June 7, 2017 at 4:34 am
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    Why you got a problem with bearings bro?

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  • June 22, 2017 at 10:46 am
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    There was an old PS2 game where you were riding a futuristic skateboard (if I remember it correctly, it looked something like the hoverboard in Back to the future). Do you know name of that game?

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  • June 26, 2017 at 9:14 pm
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    i made a music video out of the Loading screen song out of the game (it hard getting the loading screen track)

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  • July 10, 2017 at 4:25 am
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    goddamn konami

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  • July 15, 2017 at 3:56 am
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    I got this game and the snowboard game. love the snowboard ver. This is the father of skate the game.

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  • July 27, 2017 at 11:38 pm
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    The sticker job customizer was sick though.

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  • July 28, 2017 at 7:52 am
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    Lincoln Ueda is in this? wow.

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  • August 16, 2017 at 4:00 am
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    For some reason I'm so weak the second arcade mode is literally called "Another Mode" hahah

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  • September 6, 2017 at 5:49 am
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    All that I remember about Evolution Skateboarding were the odd controls and the addition of Snake as a character.

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  • October 16, 2017 at 2:48 pm
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    I know you do skateboarding, but can you review the Dave Mira Freestyle BMX series? If you already did, I'd be happy to check it out.

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  • October 24, 2017 at 9:43 pm
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    I enjoyed this game pretty well solely because it was the second skateboarding game i owned following Board N Blades 2 (worth checking out for PC for the lols / the series)

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  • October 26, 2017 at 1:38 am
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    HOLY SHIT MEMORIES

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  • October 31, 2017 at 1:25 pm
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    they should suck the levels out of this game and wack 'em on thugpro

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  • November 12, 2017 at 10:33 am
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    i liked the memes in this vid

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  • November 17, 2017 at 5:52 pm
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    I actually liked this game as a kid lol young & dumb I guess

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  • November 17, 2017 at 8:21 pm
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    This game was made by Konami, a Japanese company, which explains the questionable English.
    The naming scheme for Another Mode reminds me of the Another difficulty in their Beatmania series.

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  • December 13, 2017 at 3:25 am
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    How did they think this game was good after it was finally developed like wtf 😂🤣😆

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  • December 14, 2017 at 2:29 am
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    4:18 "five-zero grind" perfect.

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  • January 8, 2018 at 7:41 am
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    Grind session for life.

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  • January 11, 2018 at 5:16 pm
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    "disaster slide" LOLOLOL

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  • March 17, 2018 at 1:14 am
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    DISASTER SLIDE

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  • March 18, 2018 at 2:01 pm
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    Honestly… I prefer the Park they show in this game over what the X Games call a park now. "Oh it's just a buncha bowls right?"

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  • March 23, 2018 at 6:36 am
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    Looool I played Evolution Skateboarding and this game is literally that game lolol

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  • April 7, 2018 at 9:57 pm
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    is that Roger Craig Smith as the announcer?????? kind of sounds like him doing sonic but I think that's just me?

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  • April 12, 2018 at 2:46 pm
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    Why Burnquist appears in two games at same time (thps3 and espn) and Bam also appears in thps but don't at Jackass the game?… If the exclusive contract.

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  • April 17, 2018 at 2:52 am
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    You should cover ESPN Winter X Games Snowboarding

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  • July 6, 2018 at 9:14 pm
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    I had this when it came out it is horrible

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  • July 9, 2018 at 12:28 am
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    Pretty sure I had this for my game boy. Not completely sure tho lol

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  • July 11, 2018 at 1:53 pm
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    I loved Evolution Skateboarding. I thought those announcer voices sounded familiar.

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  • July 14, 2018 at 10:06 pm
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    This wasn't the best game gameplay-wise, yes, but the soundtrack to this was dope. New Found Glory, American Hi-Fi, Skrape, RX Bandits and even Linkin Park. Just wish these songs were in a much better game.

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  • July 19, 2018 at 10:45 am
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    Five zero grind!

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  • September 10, 2018 at 8:11 pm
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    If you haven't already please review rolling on PS2

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  • September 19, 2018 at 2:57 am
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    Eh i enjoyed it. Wish i got evolution skateboarding.

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  • September 23, 2018 at 12:05 pm
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    You forgot to run down the character list…. I Saw Rick Mccrank and Collin McKay but I’m interested to know who the rest of the guys were exactly. Could have swore I saw Muska but it couldn’t have been because he was on thps3

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  • November 2, 2018 at 7:59 pm
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    Jesus Christ Konami… this looks and seems worse than the extra Skateboarding mini game for Metal Gear Solid 2 Subsistence on PS2..

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  • May 6, 2019 at 6:00 am
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    Earlys sign of THPS downfalls… never having Grab Tuck Knee's

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  • June 13, 2019 at 3:52 am
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    This is my favorite PS2 Game I unlocked everything possible Bob Burnquist was definitively my favorite.

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  • July 4, 2019 at 12:18 am
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    I wish they would remake this game for ps4 or make a street league game

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  • July 19, 2019 at 6:30 pm
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    I still remember Christmas 2001, I got a game I didn't want so I went to Target to swap it. All they had was this. The worker even talked my dad out of getting GTA 3 lol. Ended up getting good ol xgames skateboarding. All I could do was force myself through it as a kid. Thanks for all the great content!

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  • August 7, 2019 at 3:24 pm
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    I laughed every time you hit the pole lol

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  • August 9, 2019 at 2:36 pm
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    I have the snowboarding x games game

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  • August 13, 2019 at 4:36 pm
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    Ow, that hurt!

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