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Tony Hawk's American Wasteland

PlayStation 2 / Neversoft / 2005
Guessed by axumblade

This isn't exactly the most raved about in the Tony Hawk's franchise, but it is easily my favorite of the bunch. While the early titles had a sole focus on skating and performing tricks, and the late ones seemed to have gone way too far with some stupid gameplay mechanics, American Wasteland had the perfect balance - it was fun, it was insane and it didn't take itself seriously, but the skating itself was better than ever. The world might get criticized often for the fake loading screens, but regardless I found it great to explore and wander around looking for quests and things to do, and boy were there lots of them. And if you wanted to play the game the classic way, that was also possible in this title. But by far the best thing about this game was the hilarious moments when you destroyed some monument by performing skate tricks on it and then later going back to the wasteland and seeing everything come together as that place slowly becomes the most awesome skate park ever. This was one of the first games I played on the PS2, and it sure set up a fantastic ride through one of the best consoles ever - but it still is one of the most memorable games I've played on it.