Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam

Published by Activision, Developed by Toys for Bob

Genres: Sports

US release date: Nov 19th, 2006 | EU release date: -

Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam

For the first time ever, Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam lets players experience the breakneck speed of downhill skateboard racing as they tear up the steepest terrains in the world while performing tricks and outmaneuvering opponents in locations such as the crowded streets of San Francisco and rocky terrain of Machu Picchu.

Developed for the Nintendo Wii, gamers utilize an innovative and intuitive control system as they take on the role of Tony Hawk or one of nine characters and compete in specific time-based challenges in one of three gameplay modes including race, trick and slalom. Gamers can also challenge friends in head-to-head competitions as they pull off a variety of high-velocity stunts and crashes in living, populated environments filled with cars, pedestrians and buildings.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Choose Tony Hawk or another colorful character: Players can choose to play as Tony Hawk or one of eight original characters. In addition they can create their own character with the Create-A-Skater feature.
  • Arcade-style racing: Players can crouch for more speed, jump or grind over obstacles and pull off all of their favorite air tricks to gain boost as they race down the steepest terrains in the world.
  • Ride a variety of skateboards: Players choose from a wide variety of skateboards such as current, old school "fishtails," longboards and 70's skateboards, all of which have different attributes that will have an effect on gameplay.
  • Create-A-Skater: Fans create and customize their own skater with the quick and easy customization menu that allows them to instantly preview items and see them on their skater.
  • Interact with objects and other skaters in the street:
    • Dodge vehicles and pedestrians
    • Crash through destructible areas and objects
    • Find shortcuts and save time by using signs and other objects
    • Knock down your opponents to get ahead

Head-to-head gameplay: Players can challenge friends in split screen competitions in a variety of modes: Race, Trick Attack, Slalom and Event.

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Nintendo Fan said:

As a diehard Hawk fan I was hoping to get Project 8. Hopefully Neversoft will realize what I and many others want and bring true Hawk games back to Nintendo systems. As for Downhill Jam, I will at least make a consideration.

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sk8fish said:

This looks like it could be cool but totally different to the regular Tony Hawk series. Personally I'd like to see more games in the vein of THPS4, now that was awesome.

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JD said:

Although this ain't the original games (And I know I'm not speaking for myself when I say, I want more old style games). But this would be a fun game - and a great game, if you want to kill time - and I might get it. Still I must say: Oi! Neversoft! Make more ol' style games!

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Noah of Nintendo Bunker said:

Isn't one Tony Hawk game enough?

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Flamic said:

No Noah it obviously isn't.

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ss4luigi12 said:

I don't really know that much about this game but from reading the title I think there's gonna be some going downhill. Actually I bet all you do is go downhill and move the wiimote left and right to steer. Well, that's not what true Tony Hawk fans like! We want free roaming and in this game I betcha there is a lot of limitations. I must say the graphics look better than the last and I bet you can "create" more things than in the other games. I may pick this game up because I am a really big Hawk fan. I just hope Downhill Jam doesn't go downhill.

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Killer Ape said:

I like the tony hawk games and I probably will get it but a skateboarding racing game? They should have tony hawk project 8 instead of downhill jam.

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Nexus said:

These shots are awful. Hopefully they improve the graphics on this one.

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1 up mushroom said:

Sigh, the people who care about graphics: go buy a PS3 graphic lovers!

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splintercell4ever said:

Dudes, the Tony Hawk games have been going downhill since Tony Hawk's underground. The controls are way too simple and anyone with half a mind can breeze through the game with the greatest of ease.

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quartzlcc said:

Looks fun, I still play Tony Hawk one and two. The graphics aren't very good for 7th generation. I can see corners, easily. But it doesn't affect gameplay. I might get it. The Tony Hawk games have been going DOWNHILL. HAHA! That's punny! But they kinda have been, actually.

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splintercell4ever said:

Thank you, finally someone is respecting my different side of humor.

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kiki itachi said:

I hate to say it but I agree with Noah of nintendo bunker, one Tony Hawk game is enough.

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wii thing said:

Hopefully this tony hawk game has a CHALLENGE, because all the tony hawk games are so easy.

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Hey said:

I had fun with Underground 1 but it slowly fizzled out after that. This one will probably be BORING!

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Lord Random said:

I'm only agreeing with Noah on this occasion because I have observed how crap TH games have become. My bro has THUG 1 and 2 and THAW. All three are utter crapola. The stories are rubbish, the missions are too easy, and the dialogue. Ugh. Have Nevesoft ever heard how people talk? And that Beaverhausen guy from THUG 2? God. Definition of retard. If you buy a TH game, make sure it's not THUG 1/2 or THAW, and stay content with it. Aside from the crap trilogy it's a case of "You've played one, you've played 'em all".

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Lickwid said:

I am here to say that I'm tired of Nintendo getting second best. It happened with Sonic, and Blazing Angels. I want the real deal! I wouldn't mind playing games the old fashioned way once in a while.

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Lord Random said:

I'm with you all the way there, Lickwid. It's annoying that all games on the Wii 'have' to have wavy features. Do Nintendo want to stay the least popular major games company? I'm not saying I don't like Nintendo, but the general gaming community doesn't. And better games coming out on PS3 and 360 sure don't help. Again, not saying the Wii has bad games. So yeah, the new Wii games are generally cool, but unfortunately that doesn't mean they're the very best.

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ganondorfrules said:

Honestly Tony Hawk is a load of crap and so are his games. I hated them so much I got my Playstation game of THUG 2 and threw it out my window after finishing it because I got so bored of it. It was no challenge so I have to admit and regret to say but Noah is right, 1 is enough. Actually 1 is too many, we have the real deal to watch every so often isn't that enough?

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PHiRE said:

I don't know how well this will turn out, the normal Tony Hawk games are pretty good. The older ones like THPS4 and 3 are the best. The newer ones have more story but they're too easy. Some of them have a "classic mode" though which is cool.

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lloyd said:

This looks so lame and I will avoid it like a plague. This is why I bought an xbox 360, Project 8. They have scrapped everything and built it from scratch, it will hopefully reflect what skateboarding is really like. You control each thought with an analogue stick, which I think is very clever and it will allow to do one trick, for example a tre flip in more than one way. Nintendo are too stubborn, it's the same old story. We have always got second best and I am fed up! People want realism, especially with sports games. Would you really want to play Project 8 on a wii controller? Or Pro Evolution 6? It's games like this people want. NOT Mario Strikers. What's next, Mario Skateboarding? It wouldn't surprise me one bit. But anyway the Zelda game will rock so that's a good reason to buy the console!

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WiiFan15 said:

There are so many reasons to buy this console and yet there are reasons like this not to. I want Project 8 and Sonic next gen! If Nintendo keeps making games like these and not giving us the awesome versions of games like Tony Hawk then the Wii is going to become a "2nd" system to the PS3 and 360 owners. Stop giving us these kiddy sports games and give us the ones that other consoles are getting.

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elephant.stone said:

Not another Tony Hawk game. It was good at first, I loved it on my PSX but all of the sequels have been too similar to attract me further. Does anyone else feel this way?

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DarkVic said:

Well I think I'll check it out. It looks different and that's what attracts me to it.

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Hey said:

What's a PSX?

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Splintercell4ever said:

Its nothing like Project 8, it's just going down a hill and back. That's it.

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DarkVic said:

Why can't Wii have Project 8 as well? With its controls it would be 10x better then the PS3 version.

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DarkVic said:

The problem is that it's not up to Nintendo, it's up to the developers. Obviously because of ps3's and xbox's power, they figured project 8 would be better on them. Very unfortunate.

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Lord Random said:

That's annoying. The other developers give Wii the bad games because they don't trust Nintendo. No fair. At least the Ninty-made games are actually awesome. The creation is best enhanced by the creator.

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Hey said:

I know a kid who was seven years old when he beat THAW on Sick mode. That says something about the difficulty.

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Splintercell4ever said:

Well, some seven year olds only sit in front of the tv all day.

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floopy doop said:

It's exactly what the name says. Tony hawk "downhill".

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dotts said:

It's a real bummer that you guys have no idea how games are produced or who is responsible for which games get made and which ones don't. I'll give you a hint though, it wasn't developers that conjured up this idea. But the industry aside, it breaks down like this. If you're a Tony Hawk fan who's happy to play the same game they played on the PSX, then THDJ isn't the game for you; countless TH Fanboy reviewers and the developer's own admission illustrate that they were trying something "different". If you thought the first TH games were boring (like me), or got bored of them (like many), this game might tickle your fancy. I'd say look for unbiased reviews and bull like that, but that really is crap. If you're a hardcore TH fan, you likely won't like this game and that's that. If not, rent it and maybe buy it.

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Captain Jamesman said:

I don't like tony hawk games!

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Killer Ape said:

My friend rented this game for his Wii and it isn't that bad, it's pretty fun. The controls are really easy but one thing is missing from this game: Wi-fi.

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wasup said:

Looks cool. I love skating games so I can't wait.

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Diz said:

I have a Wii, and I have this game. It's addictive, but it's not like the other Tony Hawk games. And I'm fine with that. It's a racing game, first and foremost. It just happens to feature Tony Hawk. Project 8? I've played that too. Not as much fun, IMHO. It seems to be geared more toward diehard skate fans, and that's fine for them. I just like to play fun games, and Downhill Jam fits that bill just fine.

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chanus said:

I heard that thp8 is really hard and great but this game doesn't have any pro skaters except tony and I hate that because I love rodney.

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klaingr said:

THP8 Rulez. Cut the crap. A bit different when it comes to visual (more human-like characters) kind of like the sims. But the in-game features are awesome. A must have.

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Crimson Hawk said:

I'm not a real fan of Tony Hawk.

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Rocker man1 said:

Great game lots of fun. One of the best party games right now.

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wheez said:

THAW wasn't half bad in the beginning when I first played it, but I beat every difficulty in a couple days.

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e1ement739 said:

Most people here have forgotten what game is. It is to have fun and enjoy with mates. All this BS that 'oh hawk games are so easy and therefore so freakin boring' is just stupid. Skating games are exactly that. Skating. Just rolling round the city pulling off nasty grabs or just doing a few kickflips. If sk8boarding ain't your forte, don't buy it.

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