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Tony Hawk's Project 8, officially abbreviated as THP8, is the eighth installment in the Tony Hawk 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 Tony Hawk series.
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 new feature 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 characters in the game during crashes, 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.
The game has been added on the World Cyber Games.
|Tony Hawk's Project 8|
|Official PlayStation Magazine (US)||7.5/10|
|Official PlayStation Magazine (UK)||5/10|
The game has been met with mostly positive reviews, with the Xbox 360 version garnering an overall average of 81% on GameRankings. It was especially the subject of praise for its "Nail the Trick" mode and graphical enhancements (it has, however, received criticism for the removal of several key features).
Combined with the greater processing power of the current generation of consoles, this presents a big leap in graphical appearance over the rest of the series, which has somewhat stagnated in this area; despite many people criticized the facial animations of the models, calling them unrealistic looking.[ ]
In the GameSpot review of the PlayStation 3 version, Project 8 was criticized for its lack of online play and unstable framerate. Criticism has been aimed at the versions of the game on all Sony systems (PSP, PS2, PS3) which all lack any online multiplayer functions. Major gaming websites like IGN and GameSpot note that since the Tony Hawk franchise was the first game series available to be playable online on the PlayStation 2, the PlayStation 3's omission is strange, especially considering the Xbox 360 version is fully playable on Xbox Live, and all prior versions of the series back to Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 have been fully supported by online play with the PlayStation 2.[ ]
- Received the IGN award for Best Licensed Soundtrack on PlayStation 3 in 2006.
The game's award-winning soundtrack featured 57 tracks from a variety of artists.
- +44 - Lycanthrope
- 76 Percent Uncertain - I Hate the Radio
- Aurelius - Hemlock
- Bad Religion - Social Suicide
- Black Mountain - Druganaut
- Boy Hits Car - I'm a Cloud
- The Channeling - The Frighteners
- Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf - Devotion
- Claus Grabke - Cause
- Cryptic Slaughter - Lowlife
- The Cure - Plastic Passion
- Damian Marley - Move
- The Dead Milkmen - Punk Rock Girl
- Die Young (TX) - Anthem of the Prodigal Son
- Eagles of Death Metal - Chase the Devil
- FunkFace - Zoo York City
- Gnarls Barkley - Gone Daddy Gone
- Gym Class Heroes - The Queen and I
- Hieroglyphics - At The Helm
- The Hold Steady - Your Little Hoodrat Friend
- Immortal - One by One
- Jaylib - The Red
- Joy Division - Interzone
- Kasabian - Club Foot
- The Klaxons - Gravity's Rainbow
- Kool and the Gang - Summer Madness
- Legitimate Business - 80 on 80
- Liquid Liquid - Optimo
- Living Legends - Moving at the Speed of Life
- Ministry - Stigmata Remix
- Mogwai - Glasgow Mega Snake
- Monty Are I - In This Legacy
- Nine Inch Nails - Getting Smaller
- Noise - Dirty Evil
- Oh No - Chump
- Pardon My Extinguisher - Bitch and Moan
- Primus - American Life
- The Ramones - I Wanna Live
- Revolution Mother - Second Thoughts
- Slayer - Angel of Death
- Slipknot - Psychosocial
- Sonic Youth - Nic Fit
- Stasera - Palisades
- Supersuckers - Goodbye
- The Sword - Iron Swan
- The Throwaways - You're Not the Only One
- Thine Eyes Bleed - Without Warning
- The Thunderlords - Ice Cream Headache
- Toots and the Maytals - Time Tough
- Transplants - Pay Any Price
- Typical Cats - Any Day
- Ugly Duckling - Smack
- VanStone - Skate Town
- Voltera - Do What your Daddy Say
- The Walkmen - This Job is Killing Me
- Wildchild - Wonder Years
- Wolfmother - Woman
- Zeke - Kill the King}}
The following tracks appear in the current generation versions.
- ESWS - Uncle Todd's Cabin
- The Long Thaw - Come Taste It
- Stay Gold Pony Boy - Communist Parties
- The Walkmen - Tenley Town
"Tenley Town" by The Walkmen was mislabeled as "This Job is Killing Me" in the current generation versions.