IMG Feature: Beginner's Guide to Tony Hawk 2
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IMG has just posted a feature which will be a must-read for wannabe shredders that just picked up Aspyr Media's recently-released skateboarding title Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2. This console port requires some serious manual dexterity, but is a walk in the skatepark compared to the bleeding shins and seperated shoulder joints that usually accompany learning to skate. Here's an excerpt from the guide to get you started:
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Feature: A Beginner's Guide to Tony Hawk 2
Ollie? Ollie? Where Are Kukla and Fran?
Gameplay is simple, fast, and exciting. The board never stops, and a soundtrack of angry-youth rap pumps up the blood as ramps, walls, and obstacles whiz at your face. Little tricks that would take weeks of practice in the flesh, like coasting vertically off the top of a half-pipe and returning to it safely, are completely automatic. Your valuable twitch time is saved for things more challenging. I limped along using the keyboard; things should be easier with a handheld controller.
Either way, there are a few things to master right away. First, a minimal glossary for the non-skater. The basic, no-hands jump is an “ollie”. Any surface you can skate uphill on is a “ramp”. A “quarter-pipe” is a ramp that curves up to the vertical, like one-fourth of a big pipe. A “half-pipe” is two quarter pipes facing each other, so you can roll back and forth. Any long, horizontal edge, like a stairway railing or the top of a ramp, is a "rail": an object you can slide down without using your wheels. The act of sliding down it is a “grind”.
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