Tony Hawkís American Sk8land
begins like any other Tony Hawk game. After tearing it up at a skate competition, Tony approaches you about joining his team for a skate tournament. You, of course, join him and soon find yourself in Los Angeles, which has become a giant skate park (or at least, it is being used as one).
The city itself is broken up into five distinct areas, all of which will be readily recognizable to anyone who has ever visited L.A. These areas include Hollywood, Beverly Hills and East L.A. Whatís even better is that you donít have to select these areas off a map or menu. Instead, you can skate from one area to another if you want, giving the game a wide-open feel.
However, youíre not given free reign of L.A. from the start. Each section must be unlocked as you complete tasks for the competition as well as completing challenges given to you by Mindy, a local artist who has taken an interest in you. Youíll also run across other skaters, like Bam Margera and Bob Burnquist, who will also present you with challenges.
Aside from single-player experience, American Sk8land also includes multi-player support through Nintendoís newly unveiled WiFi service. After taking your DS online though a wireless service, you can hook up with other players online and play through familiar Tony Hawk multiplayer games like Trick Attack, Score Challenge or Combo Mambo. The online experience is very smooth, especially for a brand new service; plus it is a lot of fun if you can find the right person to play with.