Talk about an addiction. Within the GameCube's first year, I have not played any game more than Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3. The third iteration remarkably stays as fresh, innovative, and addictive as when the series first ollied to N64 in 2000.
Three things make this game so fun and addicting: 1) Fully skateable worlds, 2) Smooth, intuitive controls, and 3) Time limits and objectives that create a sense of urgency. Because the control works so well, it is such a blast to skate around these impressive, self-contained environments. One of the great joys in video gaming is to pull off a massive combo by balancing and skating rails and combining these maneuvers with other tricks for big-time points. In fact, the single-player mode's completely objective-based gameplay structure works very well, especially since you only have two minutes for each skating session. You always will feel like you can do better each time you play. It becomes addicting.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 is a great game for two players as well. Once you decide to split the screen horizontally or vertically, then several gameplay choices wait. Tony Hawk veterans already know how the Graffiti mode is one of the most innovative and competitive in video gaming. You also can choose Trick Attack, Horse, Slap!, King of the Hill, and Free Skate.
Although the gameplay is a tried-and-true formula with only minor enhancements, the presentation has come a long way. Since the first two Tony Hawk games were on the cartridge-based N64, the third time is definitely the charm here. The mini-DVD format enabled the developers to include a CD-quality soundtrack and much-improved graphics. In particular, the animation is top notch. The only downside is that the game does not always run at 60 fps and does slow down occasionally.
What else more can you ask for? Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 is highly addictive. It has a two-player mode. It is extremely fun. It has tons of replay value. It looks good. It has a control scheme that works very well. It sounds good. It has truly well-designed levels. It is filled with options, too. In total, however, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 is not just good—it is great.