The new features to the Tony Hawk series include the Aggro Kick - you can actually pump yourself along on your board, like a real skater. It's a small addition that actually makes a huge difference, and it adds a lot of fun.
You can also video tape your tricks, edit your recordings and upload them so that the world can see what you can do, both with your skating skill and video editing skill. It's a great idea, but limited to the Xbox 360.
Tony Hawk's Proving Ground - Character Development
I have to say though, this is a HUGE improvement on the last few Tony Hawk games - the ones that were all focused on Bam Margera, and what some people call the "extreme" side of skateboarding. I got really sick of that. Really, really sick of it. I just wanted to skate! Strangely though, those games had a story that pulled you in more ...
THGP - The Forumula is Still Right
One of those extras is the way that the pro or famous (they aren't all "pro", not at all) skaters you interact with are introduced in the game. You get to see little video clips of the skater, and then they teach you to do something. If you love skateboarding, you'll appreciate the way they work, and if you are a new skater you'll learn something about some famous faces in skateboarding.
Tony Hawk's Proving Ground - Frustrations
First off, the graphics. They look beautiful. But the people look creepy. Tony Hawk is kind of scary looking. I think it's an Uncanny Valley sort of thing, where he looks CLOSE to a real person, but something is just not right. Whatever the reason, it's creepy to watch.
Secondly, once again there is no 4 player multiplayer on one device. I've complained about this on the last several Tony Hawk games - if you have friends (as in, more than ONE), and want to play SKATE, you have to play Tony Hawk 2. That's sad. Interestingly, EA Skate has 4 player on the same machine, so it CAN be done!
I know other reviewers have other thoughts - you can read the About Xbox review for another perspective. But those are my personal frustrations.
But all this aside, I still think that Tony Hawk's Proving Ground is a lot of fun! It's just hard not to compare to past games, and hard to not wish for this or that that aren't there. The truth is, this is the best Tony Hawk game yet, and if you've liked them before, you'll like this one!
So, if you have been a long time lover of the Tony Hawk games, or if you are looking for a great skateboarding video game, Tony Hawk's Proving Ground is a great idea. For more info on the stats and mechanics of the game, read Tony Hawk's Proving Ground Key Features.