I did it. I beat Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland. And I did it with only a couple of small gamefaqs.com checks. This sort of event might be commonplace for you but this is a pretty unique happening in my life. I believe this is only the second game I’ve ever beaten in my lifetime, and the other one was Tony Hawk’s Underground (the first of the two).

From this bit of information you may have surmised that I’m a fan of the Tony Hawk series of games and that would be a correct surmission. (Note that I know surmission is not a word, but ‘a surmising’ seems to be the correct phrase and that just sounds dumb.) Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 was one of the first two games I bought for my playstation 2 and based on that game and how much I played it and thought about it, I was worried I might waste my life away. That did not happen, thankfully, and my interest did eventually wane. I have continued to follow the series ever since but with a more normal level of enthusiasm.

So, with that useless information in your brain, I leave you with yet more useless information… With a single combo score of nearly 1.7 million points, I have also now reached the levels of the crazy pre-teens on the Internet who used to always kick my butt when I briefly played online That’s basically just craziness. I’ve only done that once but I also had another of about 1.1 million points so it’s not just a flash in the pan. I’m here to stay!

4 thoughts on “Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland”

  1. > With a single combo score of nearly 1.7 million points

    Holy shit. That’s insane. At best in THPS3 I was only able to get – maybe – 200k. And I thought I was pretty decent (never finished it, though).

    Hats off to you, sir.

    – Jeff

  2. I find it easiest to get the highest point combos doing ground tricks and those weren’t included in THPS3 so maybe you could do it, too! Once you figure out the ‘trick’ to getting really high scores it’s just a matter of patience to actually do it. It’s not really that hard.

  3. I feel kind of bad that TH:AW is the one you played to the end. Project 8 is so much better – I never really liked TH:AW.

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