Chad Muska in third place after the second run in THPS3's "Skater Island" level.

Comepetition is a single player game type in THPS games.

How the comps workEdit

  • Each run is 1 minute.
  • Skaters get 3 runs.
  • Bails hurt scores.
  • For each run, 5 judges will give their scores; only the best 3 scores count for that run's average.
  • The sum of the 2 best run scores is the final score.
  • Top 3 skaters are awarded with medals.

Usage in gamesEdit

In THPS career mode player can participate in 3 competitions. Competition levels have no other goals and only 1 aim - get the medal, which unlocks the next level. Three gold medals unlock skater FMV. It is nearly same in THPS2 and THPS3, the only addition is collectible items like money, stat points, or decks. The general rule of thumb for players is: make large combos, use special tricks whenever possible, and try not to bail (or do so as little as possible if unavoidable) in order to rack up a large score which will influence the judges.

In THPS4 player has to activate a respective goal to start a competition. Each career level had competition along with other goals. Also competition types were introduced like street, vert, combo. Street comp takes place in a skatepark, vert comp - in a ramp and combo - in a small part of the map. Combo score doesn't count if skater leaves the comp area.

THUG didn't add much to this, but competition became the element of the story line and may be an obligatory goal. Also the other skaters are visible now during competition as well as their score, for example in the Tampa AM competition where player has to beat Eric Sparrow.

Although part of the games' classic structure, Classic Mode in games from THUG2 through THPG do not have competition stages.


  • Each competition has a certain score cap that will result in 99.9 if the player will gain more. It never exceeds 200,000 in first games in the series.
  • Player's opponents are the THPS professional skaters. Skater type is not counted, so you can easily see Rodney Mullen (street) and Tony Hawk (vert) in the same competition list.
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