Much to my surprise, they announced the 5th installment of the Tony Hawk series at E3 last week. (Due October 2003) It appears that they are once again overhauling the career mode into a completely open, non-linear mode starring YOU as the main character. Major highlights include the ability to get off your board and run/climb/drive (yes, drive) to previously unreachable areas of the game.
Looks cool and all but the funny thing here for me is the realism of the game.
I skated hard core for about eight years. I skate off and on now that I'm old and break easily. (Quarter pipe in the basement, aw yeah.) But the thing that really started pushing me out of skating was the emergence of switch stance skating and all those god damn flippy tricks.
With Tony Hawk's games, they've gotten more and more technical and I can't quite get a grasp on the controls - just like in real life.
My friend recently got Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes for the X-Box and said it's also really good in the same genre, and stays hack and slashy without falling into the pitfalls that come with the stigma of being called Dungeons & Dragons.