Tony Hawk’s Project 8 (360)


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I chipped away at the Pro goals for a while, managing to bump about four Ams to Pro. Still at Rank 6 though. I still can’t see how to get to the goal in the Slums either.

I then spent quite a while playing online, partly to get the Complete 50 Games Online achievement, but also as something else to do in the game. Most of the games played were Trick Attack ones (which are dull), but got in a few games of Graffiti (my favourite) and some of Walls (which is like the Tron light-cycles thing – ace!).

Some idiot kid kept setting up a “first to 5,000,000” game, then restarting it as soon as he lost the lead, which was annoying.

Didn’t get the achievement, but I did complete 20 or more games online, and have played it online a few times before, so can’t be far off.

Tony Hawk’s Project 8 (360)


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I felt the need to play some Tony Hawk, so I dusted this off with the intention of bumping my rank up from 6 to 5. Of course, I didn’t. I got Pro for one goal I previously had Am for, and found about 8 more gaps. Also got another Owned goal. And that was it.

There are at least two goals in the Slums area I can’t even get to, which isn’t helping me get at least Am for 100% of the goals.

Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam (Wii)


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Well, this isn’t quite what I was expecting. I’ve played (and completed) the DS version of this already this year (just last month, in fact), and I thought this would just be the same game only flashier. It isn’t, exactly. The game is structured differently in terms of locations and events, you can’t go back up hills as you’ve gone down them, and the controls are entirely different.

You hold the remote horizontally, steer by tilting, ollie, grab, grind and flip by pressing 1 and 2 with combinations of the d-pad, and you can slap people too.

But it does seem pretty good so far. I’ve managed to get 9 points (I think) out of the 16 required to complete something – it doesn’t say what.

Tony Hawk’s Project 8 (360)


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Racked up another couple of achievements today, since I finally got the full air stats. I also found a few more goals to get, improved on a couple, and found loads of gaps in the school and funpark areas. None of this, however, knocked my rank any higher than the 6 it was already at. Bah.

Tony Hawk’s Project 8 (360)


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Only managed to improve on a few goals today, and finished one new one, before spending absolutely ages manuallying down the hill outside the Funpark, and then getting air in the bowl to the left of the inside of the Funpark. This bumped my Manual stats up to full, finally, but I still have a good 20 minutes or more of airtime to grab for maximum stats.

Tony Hawk’s Project 8 (360)


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To start with today, I went round improving on a few goals and completing some I hadn’t yet attempted. In the process of doing this, I managed to get ranked up to 6. By the look of things, it seems that I need to have most, if not all, of my goals up to Pro standard for Rank 4, and Sick standard (not going to happen!) for Rank 1.

After that, I boosted my stats some more. Getting up a level for grinding was easy, as was air, but now I have just one air level and one manual level left, and they’re going to take ages. I’ve so far, in all my time playing, manualled 71,000ft. To gain the final level, I’m going to have to reach 140,000. Similarly, I have to spend another 40 minutes in the air. Tch.

Tony Hawk’s Project 8 (360): COMPLETED!


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I’m in Project 8! OK, so I’m only 7th in Project 8, but I’m still there. I completed the challenges Tony set me (which were actually pretty easy), and made it to Rank 8 (and saw the credits and stuff), then did some more goals (including two Pro Challenges) which bumped me up to 7th.

After that, I switched to Free Skate mode and did a few timed runs. Having found an ideal spot in the Funpark (up and to the left as you enter, there’s a large bowl), I then proceeded to get the two achievements for a 500,000 point combo (I actually got 800,000+), and a 1 million point score (actually, 1,800,000).

Tony Hawk’s Project 8 (360)


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Rank 9! For some reason, I went straight from rank 26-ish to 9 just for completing a Pro Challenge. Very odd. I’ve also unlocked the Fun Park and done a load of the goals in there.

Now I think I need to find Tony somewhere…

Tony Hawk’s Project 8 (360)


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Racked up a few more rank upgrades today, finishing another Pro challenge, another Classic goal set (on Pro, anyway), and also improving some more existing goals. Now I’m up to rank 54!

I then had a go online, hosting a load of Graffiti games. I won the first couple, one of which gave me the “Beat a Developer” achievement. That was easier than I expected it was going to be! I didn’t will all of my games (of which there were about 8 or so), but won more than half. I was disturbed to find that it kept saying “Warning! The host has used a cheat code!”, when I was the host and I certainly did nothing of the sort…

Tony Hawk’s Project 8 (360)


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Went back and did some goals and things I’d found early on in the game today. With my improved stats, I managed to sail through some of them, improve some Ams to Pros and Pros to Sicks, and got my rank up to 69 (dudes!).

I then had a go at playing online, but my 360 crashed when I tried to connect. Bah.

Tony Hawk’s Project 8 (360)


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More goals and stuff today, including some Classic goals, and also opening up the Factory area. I’ve bumped my rank up to 98 now too, but sadly, no achievement for 100.

Tony Hawk’s Project 8 (360)


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Forced myself into actually doing some missions, challenges, spot tricks, goals and other things in order to actually progress through the game. It’s amazing how much time you can spend just doing tricks for no reason.

I’ve managed to rank up to 113 now. I’m hoping you get an achievement for getting to 100, as I haven’t scored many gamerpoints yet. Opened up The School and The Slums areas of the map too.

Tony Hawk’s Project 8 (360)


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Right. I forced myself to actually get stuck in properly, and not spend hour after hour just doing random tricks to bump up my stats.

So I’ve impressed a few pros (Daewon Song’s “missions” being the best), and have done loads of the graffiti challenges, and some other things too. Sadly, I’m not up to Sick status yet, and have managed to get Sick on just one challenge. Bah.

No doubt this will be resolved as by stats improve. I hope.

Tony Hawk’s Project 8 (360)


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Doomed. I’m doomed. Completely.

If having Viva Pinata wasn’t addiction enough, having not one but two new Tony Hawk games (and a third is out on the Wii in less than three weeks) is just going to cause me to apply for treatment in a clinic somewhere.

So I put this on. Two hours later, I was still completely ignoring most of the goals and missions, and was instead just messing around, and doing that Tony Hawk favourite: “Take Your Skater Where Your Skater Shouldn’t Go”. It’s really very, very good.

I’ve done the (optional this time) tutorial, opened up the skate park, then the city. I’ve ranked up to about #170 (from 200), and have boosted my stats up somewhat. Really, really enjoying this.