Tony Hawk's Proving Ground First Look

Four wheels and two screens: Proving Ground is coming to a DS near you.

You don't have to look very hard to find a new Tony Hawk game these days. While the venerable skating series used to be fit only for consoles, these days, if it's possible to play a game on it, you're more than likely going to find a Tony Hawk game for it. The Nintendo DS is no exception: Hot on the heels of last year's Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam for the DS comes the handheld version of this year's Tony Hawk installment: Proving Ground. We recently had a chance to see a brief demo of this handheld skating game and to see how ripping it up on four wheels translates to two screens.

Two feet on four wheels on two screens; Proving Ground is coming to the Nintendo DS.

Game modes in Proving Ground include classic, story, free skate, and lessons. Classic mode is your standard pick-up-and-play mode, and it's returning to the DS after a one-year absence with Downhill Jam. The story mode has you starting out in Philadelphia as you try to get your skills noticed and make a name for yourself. Free skate will allow you to practice your various skating stunts without the restriction of a timer, while lessons will teach you the different controls in the game.

The console versions of Proving Ground will once again include a flexible "nail the trick" control scheme. For the DS version, you'll be able to pull off "gesture tricks," which will have you drawing on the touch screen to perform various tricks while in the air. By launching off various spots on the map, you'll be able to perform special tricks that will earn you more points in the process. As you progress through the game, you'll be able to unlock new gear and new moves, such as the aggo-kick (which gives you a burst of speed when you press the Y button). You'll also be able to unlock new spots on the map to pull off specials.

The developers behind the DS version of Proving Ground have created a big world in which to skate. If you play the console version of the game, you might recognize some of the familiar spots in the handheld game, such as the Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. To help you navigate around the areas, you'll need to make consistent use of the minimap, which will give you useful assists, such as pointing out where objects are during collection missions.

As with the other versions of Proving Ground, the DS game will include plenty of different missions to keep you busy, including missions specifically geared for the hardcore player. We'll be keeping you up to date with the latest on the game in the weeks leading up to its release, so stay tuned.

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19 comments
JimLad800
JimLad800

Can't wait. Loved Sk8land, but was slightly let down by the lack of customization and online modes, looks like they seek to rectify this. Shame about the art style change though, I liked the cel shading, it really suited the DS.

agrsk8r
agrsk8r

@Franzkill, Were you even around back in 1989? The best system out there was the NES which couldn't handle anything more than a few sprites moving around on the screen. The DS is more powerful than the N64. Sure, the resolution isn't as great, but at least the 3D games run 30-60 fps. Plus, Ampersan said it right, on a system like this it's gameplay that really matters. And I haven't seen Sony or Microsoft release anything new to gaming... ever. At least Nintendo is evolving gaming beyond the typical "joystick" controller.

SGTNAPALM
SGTNAPALM

i loved americac skateland on ds. i hope that this is better!

Ampersan5340
Ampersan5340

graphics are about 1/5 of what the games worth. 4/5 is gameplay. this is why it goes 1. nintendo wii 2. Xbox 360 and 3. Playstation 3

ronnet
ronnet

@Franzkill, When are we goign to learn not to buy these graphic inferior nintendo consoles would be a better question. Nintendo has beaten it's competition on the handheld market and is even doing it on the console market. I don't like it but you'll be seeing a lot of horrible graphic games in the future showing that graphics are not vital to make a lot of profit. On handhelds I can udnerstand, it's just for trips and rainy holidays.

Franzkill
Franzkill

When are Nintendo going to learn eh? In this day and age graphics are just as vital to making a game good as gameplay is. Its not 1989 anymore..

frankeyser
frankeyser

i wonder if people realise when you change the size of a screen shot it gets worse. i mean... those of you that own ds's know the screen is not that big. so when you blow up a picture. it looks like crap. do it with a digital photo. take a picture then blow it up five times its orginal size.. it wont look so hot.

Flint247
Flint247

WTF is with the graphics comment? Do you even play the game at all? Graphics are nice, but they do not make up a game alone.

Shammy749
Shammy749

See these other posts people made about graphics? Guess what. Its not really like that its just the picture because ive seen other pics like this on different games and there the same. Its just hard to make the picture look good. In actuall life the games look great.

krystians
krystians

I've have Tony Hawk's American Sk8land and I think it's great. This games looks pretty good. But I do not think I will get it. I cannot play different versions of the same game basically. Unless it's NFS.

sharpie_92
sharpie_92

Those graphics are terrible. If the DS is more powerful than the Nintendo 64 there is no reason the graphics cant look like the original THPS on the N64

bshaw84
bshaw84

The graphics look terrible, but if it feels smoothe, I'll get it.

xAngelxDustx
xAngelxDustx

haha, this game looks terrible on the DS...I'm sorry, but I just had 2 say it ;)

AjayRaz
AjayRaz

I havent tried Downhill jam and I'm not about to Hopefuly this one'll be great!

N3UR0SIS
N3UR0SIS

Booooooo. I just cant stand TH on DS. (And I am a loya DS/TH fan :P )

davo208
davo208

I got the 1st one on DS and it was really good so iv got high hopes for this one

white143papi
white143papi

this is totally sweet! can't wait for this game