Tony Hawk's Project 8, officially abbreviated as THP8, is the eighth installment in the Tony Hawk's series of video games. It was released on sixth-generation (PlayStation 2 and Xbox) and seventh-generation consoles (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3). The name Project 8 refers to the "Project 8" competition featured in the storyline, and because it is the eighth game in the main series of Tony Hawk games. It was released in November 7, 2006.
Project 8 features one giant streaming city to skate in (only on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360), which contains various skateparks and "hidden sections". An E3 preview by a member of the PlanetTonyHawk.com staff stated "The levels are massive and an amalgamation of just about every level in the early THPS games. So Suburbia, School, Downtown and Factory (I, II and III) are all interconnected and part of the same town." There are about 45 skaters in the game, including unlockable characters, who each have a unique mo-cap style (only on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360), providing a different experience and no recycled animations. One of the new features is the 'nail the trick' option. When a player enters this mode the camera will zoom in on the side to focus on the skateboard and the characters feet. Players will then be able to use the right analog stick to control the right foot and the left analog stick to control the left foot, allowing the player to flip and rotate the board in any such manner; including tapping the underside of the board in the air and merging various techniques to form new moves. Another new ability in the game is to control the character in the game upon bailing, allowing you to obtain a high "Hospital bill", with bonus money awarded for broken bones - this feature is used in numerous challenges across the story mode (only on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360). Players can also induce a wreck manually in a way very similar to Thrasher: Skate and Destroy on the PlayStation. Lastly, players still have the option to get off their skateboard at any time and run, though it plays a very small role in the game overall, other than avoiding bails and extending combos.
Project 8 is available in three distinctly different versions: The first version is the one created by Neversoft for the current generation game consoles, the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games do not use the universal cheats. The second version was created by Shaba Games for the previous generation game systems, the Xbox and the PlayStation 2. Some features were left out or redesigned to suit the limitations of the older game systems for the Shaba version. Notable changes/exclusions in the Shaba version include isolated levels selected from the menu rather than one large interconnected level, fewer options for create-a-skater, same kind of gameplay as the the past few games (Underground, Underground 2 and American Wasteland), and both the new stat upgrade system and skeletal animations are not included in the Shaba version. Also some of the goals are different between the next generation consoles and the older systems. The third version was created by Page 44 Studios for the PlayStation Portable. In the PlayStation Portable version, "nail-the-trick" is used with the face buttons. The PSP version also has extra classic levels from previous Tony Hawk games.
- Tony Hawk
- Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins
- Bob Burnquist
- Dustin Dollin
- Nyjah Huston
- Bam Margera
- Rodney Mullen
- Paul Rodriguez
- Ryan Sheckler
- Daewon Song
- Mike Vallely
- Stevie Williams
- Christian Hosoi
- Kevin Staab
- Travis Barker
- Jason Lee
- Security Guard
- Beaver Mascot
- Real Estate Agent
- Skate Jam Kid
- Big Real Estate Agent
- Anchor Man
- Grim Ripper
PS3 and Xbox 360 versions
PS2 and Xbox versions
- City Center
- High School
- Car Factory
- Crete Park
- Fun Park
- Downhill- a level from the PS1 and N64 versions of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3.
- City Center
- High School
- Car Factory
- Crete Park
- Fun Park.
- Marseille- a level from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2.
- Minneapolis- a level from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater.
- The Mall - a level from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater.
- Chicago - a level from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater.
- Alcatraz- a level from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4.
- Hawaii- a level from Tony Hawk's Underground
- The Ruins - a level from Tony Hawk's American Wasteland.
- Phoenix- actually the Downhill Jam level from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater.
Version differences in the levels
In the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, the game levels are more open, and the levels in the PS2 and Xbox versions are more enclosed. Most of the levels are the same but with different names, such as, "Main Street" in the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions is "Downtown" in the Xbox and PS2 versions, "Suburbia" in the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions is "Suburbs" in the Xbox and PS2 versions, "Capitol Building" in the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions is "City Center" in the Xbox and PS2 versions, "Skate Park" in the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions is "Crete Park" in the Xbox and PS2 versions, "School" in the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions is "High School" in the Xbox and PS2 versions, and "Factory" in the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions is "Car Factory" in the Xbox and PS2 versions.
- The player can earn "stokens" by doing tricks to impress pedestrians and other skaters however if the player is knocked down by these people the player loses his stokens.
- Full article: Tony Hawk's Project 8 Soundtrack
|Tony Hawk's Game Series|
|Pro Skater • Pro Skater 2 • Pro Skater 3 • Pro Skater 4 • Underground • Underground 2 • American Wasteland • Project 8 • Proving Ground • Pro Skater 5
Downhill Jam • Motion • Ride • Shred • Shred Session
Pro Skater 2X • Underground 2 Remix • American Sk8land • Pro Skater HD • Skate Jam • Pro Skater 1 + 2