Tony Hawk's American Wasteland, also known as THAW (and unofficially as Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 7), is a video game that has been released for the PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360, Nintendo GameCube and PC. The game was developed by Neversoft and published by Activision. The PC version of the game was ported/published by Aspyr. Tony Hawk's American Wasteland is the first Tony Hawk game to support Xbox Live; online play was previously limited to the PlayStation 2 and PC.
American Wasteland is the sequel to Tony Hawk's Underground 2, one of the many in the popular Tony Hawk's Series. The game was released on October 18 2005 for PS2, Xbox, and Nintendo GameCube. It was a launch title (of sorts) for the Xbox 360 and was released simultaneously with the console on November 22, 2005.
The Nintendo DS version of this game, Tony Hawk's American Sk8land, features Wi-Fi capabilities. It is the first third-party DS game to have online support. The Game Boy Advance version of the game is also called Tony Hawk's American Sk8land.
Also, the Classic Mode, which allows the player to complete a series of goals in certain levels within a two-minute time limit, has returned, with the following levels:
This applies to the game when played in story mode.
The game begins with the player choosing one of five pre-designed male skaters to play with. Upon choosing, the player gets on a bus to Los Angeles, where the player meets a blonde-haired girl, who says she is going to LA to become an actress. The player tells her that he or she is going to get away from friends and family, who have treated the player badly.
Upon arrival in Hollywood, the player gets punched by locals, who steal his bag and tell the player to go home, Los Angeles being a locals-only scene. Here the player meets Mindy, who tells the player that they need to sort their clothes and hair out, which are making them stand out as an outsider at the moment. The player then gets changes his hair and clothes, and meets two local skaters, Ian and Duane, who introduce new tricks to the player and advance the player's skills.
The player sees Mindy drawing and finds out that she is a talented artist. Her sketches are going to be featured in her skating zine, named American Wasteland. However, Mindy hasn't gathered enough money to fund the project yet, but the player assures her it will happen. She has sketched something that catches the player's eye. The player proceeds to ask what the place is and Mindy says it is a "sick spot that you would absolutely love," but then tells the player that the spot is exclusive to local skaters. The player then pleads with her to get them in, to which Mindy agrees. However, the skate park is in Beverly Hills, and the passage to Beverly Hills is blocked by a protest against poor treatment of sheep. The player ends the protest by destroying a huge dinosaur head model that is on top of a movie theatre, which smashes into the protest.
You arrive in Beverly Hills and go outside a place called the "Skate Ranch," which is where the place in Mindy's sketchbook is. Mindy's skater friends, Boone, a bald man who goes for extreme jumps and gaps, but usually bails them. Useless Dave, a short man who is "the encyclopedia of useless skateboarding trivia", and Murphy, a tall, sarcastic type who has an endless array of contacts and friends all over LA, and is always on his cell phone. He won't let you go into the ranch, unless you can keep up with their skating skills. You have to learn their performed tricks and then show them to them to prove yourself worthy of going in the ranch.
Gaining their approval, you are let into the ranch, and meet the leader of the group, Iggy Van Zandt, a very rough type, who isn't fond of outsiders. He will let you crash at the ranch if you obtain some wood for a vert ramp he is building. When you do, the vert ramp is set-up, which spurs the group to do the ranch up and make it a full-on skatepark. With the help of Murphy's contacts, you and the group embark on obtaining skate-able pieces from all over LA, the first being the destroyed dinosaur head you made earlier on.
From here on in, the overall task is to obtain pieces for the skateranch, unlocking new places in LA, the first being Downtown, where Master Zen is, who teaches you Special and Focus, which you need to participate in the Tony Hawk AMJAM, an amateur skating contest taking place in the Vans Skatepark in Downtown.
You win the AMJAM, however, whilst making a short speech, you tell Tony Hawk that the last trick you performed was taught to you by Iggy Van Zandt, who, unknown to you, is living in total secrecy in the ranch, as his crime rate is somewhat extensive according to Mindy. Causing him to be arrested by the police.
Mindy then suggest you talk to the Z-Boys, the only other group Iggy has hung out with, about what to do. So you then meet skating legend Tony Alva, from who you find out that Iggy's skate ranch is actually "Green Pipes Point," a legendary snake run that got levelled many years ago. You decide it has to be dug up, and befriend Alva's friend Mega, who runs an oil rig just off Santa Monica.
While Mega is digging up Green Pipes Point, Mindy tells you that Boone was in the local street gang known as the "Black Widows". He recently dropped out of the gang but was jumped and is now missing in East LA. You join the Widows by impressing them with your spraypainting, skating and BMX skills to get to East LA and save Boone, who was trapped in a sewer pipe.
After some time, you get a phone call from Iggy in jail, who explains his bail will be with him shortly. You tell him you found out about Green Pipes Point and that it is being dug up, expecting an ecstatic response from Iggy. However, Iggy hates what you have done, because he didn't own the land, and if "the owner finds out what a badass skatepark he has, he'll cash in on the place." Iggy threatens violence and hangs up.
Shortly after, you receive a text message from Mega saying that stuff is happening at the ranch. Upon arriving in Beverly Hills, the game cuts to a news report, which is about the revival of Green Pipes Point, showing pros and locals being very happy. Outside the ranch, you see the owner, Shapiro , in an expensive car, and ask why he sold it, being so legendary. The soon-to-be-ex owner doesn't care, and rides off with a snobbish attitude, pleased of his new money.
Iggy arrives with a baseball bat, and starts hitting the ranch's gate in rage. You try to apologize, but it doesn't matter to Iggy. Iggy says that it'll never be his place thanks to you. You seem to snap, and tell him that "It could've been if you hadn't been sitting on your ass all these years waiting for someone else to bail you out!" Instantly, Iggy punches you in the face, saying that there's "some things [he has] waited too long to do." You also snap at Mindy, blaming it on her because of her suggestion to do up the ranch, and insult her drawings, which deeply offends her and she storms off.
You, Murphy, Dave and Boone decide to start a project to save the ranch, by making a skate video featuring famous pros, with all the proceeds going to Green Pipes Point. You then round up many pros, impressing them with your skills to convince them to feature in the video. Whilst in East LA ready to demo, film at and snake pieces for the ranch from a bust casino, Iggy arrives, and you two reconcile. He also says that he will feature himself in the video, which the guys predict will make the fans go crazy.
Eventually, the buzz of the video has become so big that the ranch can be bought simply with the money from the pre-orders. You all leave the casino, but confronted with a vast array of police cars and helicopters. Your task is to get to the ranch from East LA, without using any public transport or cars.
When you arrive at the ranch successfully, everyone is completely overjoyed, with Iggy saying that the ranch is now his, and to celebrate, he is going throw a party at the ranch, with everyone in town invited. Mindy comes over to you on the vert ramp, and you apologize. She accepts the apology, and shows off her first edition of her zine, American Wasteland, which she was talking about at the start of the game. Iggy comes over and spills the beans that you were the one who gave her the money to get American Wasteland published. Mindy seems flattered, and you two eventually kiss and presumably become an item.
At the end of the game, the American Wasteland is complete with various items such as the dug-up snake run, a crane, and the world famous Hollywood sign reading "Wasteland." Your skater has the respect of all the pro skaters for creating an amazing place to skate and Mindy as your girlfriend.
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