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Tony Hawk's Underground (2003)

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You and your friend Eric Sparrow are local skaters in New Jersey, discovered by professional skater Chad Muska, he tells you to find a sponsorship. You travel around the world to get noticed and meet other skaters.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Larry Cedar ... Slave Driver / Second Tampa Cop / Team Filmer (voice)
Ben Diskin ... Eric Sparrow (voice) (as Ben Disken)
Melissa Disney ... Female Player (voice)
Jeff Fischer Jeff Fischer ... (voice)
Jason Harris ... (voice)
Mikey Kelley ... (voice)
R.J. Knoll R.J. Knoll ... (voice) (as RJ Knoll)
Matt Levin ... (voice)
Jessica Lynn Jessica Lynn ... (voice)
Megan Parlen ... (voice)
Stacy Peralta ... Himself (voice)
Mike Oristian Mike Oristian ... (voice)
Larc Spies ... Male Player (voice) (as Lark Spies)
Wally Wingert ... Ryan Clements / Team Pro Skeezo / Security Nerd (voice)
Dave Wittenberg ... Todd / Security Guard Stew (voice)
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Storyline

You and your friend Eric Sparrow are local skaters in New Jersey, discovered by professional skater Chad Muska, he tells you to find a sponsorship. You travel around the world to get noticed and meet other skaters.

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Taglines:

You own the underground.

Genres:

Action | Sport

Certificate:

T | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

T.H.U.G. See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

An unlockable level, "Hotter Than Hell", can be unlocked by beating the Story Mode once on any difficulty. The level is a KISS concert surrounded by ramps, rails, and even a go-kart track with a go-kart you can drive. The letters K-I-S-S are floating around in the air by jumps (all on the side of the stage you start on), and if you jump into all of them (in no particular order), KISS will come on stage and play a song for you. You can run up onto the stage while they're playing, but if you accidentally walk into/skate into one of them, you will bail. You can also go get the go-kart while they are playing (you don't have to be near the stage at all times to hear the music) and jump it over the fence, then drive up onto the stage. Also, the fire on stage will not hurt you. See more »

Quotes

[the Skater walks up to a tank. Eric Sparrow and a Russian guard are sitting against it. The guard is passed out; Eric is noticeably drunk and holding a vodka bottle]
Eric Sparrow: Wassuuuuup?
[pause]
Eric Sparrow: Me and Vladimir here are feeling good tonight!
[pause]
Eric Sparrow: Heh-he-he-he-hey... your license good in Moscow?
[he stumbles]
Eric Sparrow: Ol' Vlad told me it was ok if we take a test spin...
[Eric takes the keys to the tank from the guard and starts climbing up to the entrance to the tank]
Male Player: ...you can't be serious.
[...]
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Connections

Followed by Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

God Of Thunder
Genre: Rock/Other
Performed by KISS (as Kiss)
Written by Paul Stanley (uncredited)
©2003 Kiss Records under exclusive license to Sanctuary Records,
A Division of Sanctuary Records Group
Published by Universal Polygram Int. Publ., Inc. on behalf of Hori Prod. America, Inc. and Café Americana, Inc.
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Very original and different from the other Hawk games, with more of a story this time around. It seems they've abandoned the concept of the first four games and started anew. But I hope that Underground 2 is
19 April 2004 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

I am a big fan of the Tony Hawk video games. I met Tony Hawk once at a skating competition in Virginia and he signed my copy of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 - I have to admit that I'm interested by skateboarding as a pass-time (maybe not "job") because I realize it's a very hard sport to master.

I own every Tony Hawk game, one for N64, one for computer, one for Game Boy Advance, and now three for my XBox (which I purchased early 2002 if I remember correctly). I like that IMDb has this listed as simply "Underground," and not "Tony Hawk's Underground," because Neversoft's idea to market the game as a sequel to the others is somewhat wrong. Sure, the actual gameplay and concept is fairly continual, with the same controls, etc. But the actual game itself is much different. There are now cut-scenes and a whole story to follow. You play as one character, who you design, and take him through the ranks of pro skating. (The only chance you get at playing as Pro Skaters in this game is in multiplayer mode, where you get to choose from Hawk, Margera, Burnquist, et al.)

Overall this is the dirtiest of the Tony Hawk videogames - far more realistic than its predecessors, if you want to call them that, and heavy on street lingo. It has more swearing and an overall "gritty" feel - hopefully it won't be marketed towards small children, as the lighter gameplay of the original four is lacking.

And unfortunately, so is some of the great style of the first four. I loved each game and how each one seemed to improve upon itself, yet featured memorable levels - the School, the Warehouse, etc.

One of the problems of Underground is its lack of addictive gameplay. I admire and appreciate what Neversoft has tried to do, but I can't say they did so completely successfully. The beginning of the game is a real bore and it takes a while to get "hooked" into it - which is the opposite of the others.

There are new additions to Underground, such as the ability to walk on foot, climb onto objects (ladders, houses, etc.) and drive cars (yes, drive cars). Had this been provided as extra "fun" I would have been appreciative - but some missions require car races. If I wanted a game with car races as a main idea, I'd buy Project Gotham Racing (which I have, incidentally). Besides, the graphics of the cars in THUG are quite poor - hopefully in the next installment they'll realize that skateboarding games should not involve car missions.

It's essentially very original and different from the other Hawk games, with more of a story this time around. It seems they've abandoned the concept of the first four games and started anew. But I hope that Underground 2 is better.

Underground 1 is fun but has some major problems. Many of its options are far improved, and I liked the soundtrack listing and how you have the option to turn off/on rap music/rock music/r & b (I highlighted only rock and have been listening to it - good songs!). However, the levels in Underground are the worst of the Hawk legacy; some of the missions really suck, for lack of a better word; I didn't find myself as addicted and often I wasn't having as much fun as I did in the other games.

I understand what Neversoft was trying to do with this game, but they have room for improvement. This is a good game and miles ahead of others I own. But it's also the worst Tony Hawk videogame I own. I hope they setup a new series of Underground games and start making THPS (Tony Hawk's Pro Skater) videogames again.


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