Tony Hawk's Underground 2 (also known as THUG 2 or Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 6) is the sixth installment in Neversoft's Tony Hawk's Series and is the sequel to 2003's Tony Hawk's Underground. Tony Hawk's Underground 2 was released on October 6, 2004 for the PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox, Windows, and Game Boy Advance platforms. It is also backwards compatible with the Xbox 360.
The tour starts off in Boston, where Bam manages a last-minute win thanks to one of Paulie's stunts (he dumped a port-a-potty in the sea with someone inside), which surpassed the advantage Team Hawk had at the time. As a result, it was determined that one of Hawk's teammates should be eliminated, and this fate fell over Bob Burnquist. Later on, in Barcelona, Tony's team takes the lead again; however, the punishment for Team Bam was to have the rookies of each team swapped (in this case, the player and Eric Sparrow, which moves from Team Bam to Team Hawk, much to Bam's relief, and Tony's annoyance). At that time though, word had spread out about the World Destruction Tour, which was supposed to be a low-profile event but now is appearing on TV news.
The next leg of the Tour is the German capital, Berlin, where Sparrow and the player are swapped back. At that moment, an underground film "writer, producer, director" by the name of Nigel Beaverhausen wishes to bring the tour to the public but instead winds up being humiliated by Tony and Bam. After causing chaos in Bangkok (the skaters were en route to Australia, but Chad Muska suggested a stop in Thailand), the Tour lands in Australia (actually, Bam's team arrives later due to departure problems that make them wind up in India). At the end of the leg, the player is supposed to be eliminated by being stripped naked and hit by mousetraps launched at him/her, but due to Rodney Mullen spotting a mathematical error in the teams points, the player has to compete with Eric - the loser will be eliminated from the tour. The group ponders what to do when an Australian skater kid shows them a video of the tour, created by Nigel Beaverhausen. Bam then decides that whoever humiliates Beaverhausen will stay on the tour. Eric only manages to steal his clothes but the player, with Nigel's clothes (Bam's idea, as he too did not want Eric around anymore), goes off causing rampage on Australian citizens, so that Beaverhause will be blamed for it. Also, Eric is eliminated from the tour, which advances to New Orleans.
At the end of the New Orleans leg, Nigel revealed that he filmed the whole tour, even before he met Tony and Bam in Berlin. Nigel then proposes that if he is allowed to film the whole tour, he will pay for all the damages of the tour. After Phil Margera shows Tony and Bam the long damage bill (with a high final money sum), they accept. Team Hawk then performs a death-defying stunt called the "Equalizer" to tie up with Team Bam and is successful, but team members Mike Vallely, Chad Muska and Rodney Mullen are arrested by the cops for stealing the helicopter used for the stunt, leaving only the player and Tony Hawk for the final leg of the Tour: Skatopia, defined by Tony as "the skateboarding Mecca". Though Team Hawk, reduced to two members, performs well enough to win, Bam decided to blow up Skatopia, confident on his victory. In order to save people from the imminent damage, Tony quickly evacuates the skaters and, soo thereafter, Bam dares the player, who is still stuck in the back end of Skatopia, to exit the whole flaming park in a combo (which he considers impossible), which the player does and gives Team Hawk the win in the World Destruction Tour. Nigel then wants Bam to give him the tape of the tour, which only shows Bam's father, Phil Margera in the toilet. The game ends with Bam and Tony humiliating Beaverhausen once more, as Bam pulls down his pants in international TV broadcast.
THUG 2 also sees the return of the much loved Classic Mode. In this mode, the player has 2 minutes to complete as many of the tasks as possible, including high scores, collecting "SKATE" letters and finding secret objects. Many levels return from previous games, including an expanded warehouse from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, and the airport from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3.
Story Mode levels
Classic modeIn response to longtime fans' dissatisfaction with the format introduced in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4, Neversoft has added a classic mode, which allows players to skate through both new and remade classic levels in the traditional 10-goal, two-minute time limit mode that was present in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, complete with the stat points scattered all around the levels. In classic mode, the player chooses from one or two levels in which to attempt to complete enough goals to advance. All of the "remade" levels are accessible only through "Classic Mode" although once unlocked, it is possible to use them in any mode except "Story Mode".
Classic mode levels include the levels found in the story mode of the game with the exception of "Pro Skater", as well as the remade levels:
The remade levels from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 are based on the Gamecube, PS2 and Xbox versions as opposed to the versions for the PlayStation and Nintendo 64. Although some of the levels are the same regardless of the version, Canada, Airport and Los Angeles, California are based on the higher resolution versions of the game, with many things changed (like goals removed) between the two games.
ReceptionGame Rankings currently scores it 84% for the PlayStation 2, 83.9% for the GameCube, 82.8% for the Xbox, 83% for the PlayStation Portable, and 86.1% for the PC.
RemixTony Hawk's Underground 2 Remix for the PlayStation Portable is largely identical to the console and PC versions, but adds four new levels ("Las Vegas", "Atlanta", "Kyoto" and "Santa Cruz"), which were exclusive at the time, but later included in Tony Hawk's American Wasteland, in the classic mode. Due to space and battery consumption issues, much of the voice acting was removed, create-a-park was also removed. THUG2 Remix was ported by Shaba Games, previously responsible for porting Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 to the original PlayStation. The game was released to generally good reviews, averaging 83% on Game Rankings
The following characters were added:
Asterisks mark songs that are censored in the game.
The Ministry song "No W" is named "No " in the game, but in the Remix it was changed back to "No W". The Tony Hawk games have a history of changing song names for example: Agent Orange's "Speed Kills", from Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4, is actually "Bloodstains," and in Tony Hawk's Project 8 the Ministry's song is called "Stigmata Remix."