This is the first time the Hawk’s hit the next-gen systems, and he’s gotten quite a makeover, complete with a brand new engine. Everything looks crisp and as realistic as ever, from the newspapers blowing in the wind to the kids that run around to get in your way and become board fodder. Just as before, all the well-known pro skaters are featured, with a few new additions, including the 360 flip man himself, Jason Lee. Project 8 also sports both real and animated skate videos, for those who are into seeing their favorite skaters pull off some sick tricks.
Every face has a voice, and there are no actors, so each skater does his own voice work, and, of course, his own tricks. Something to be noted in this game is the quality of the ambient sounds, which are much more prominent than its predecessors. The game's soundtrack features the same genres as before: hip-hop, punk, and rock. You'd think with the 360, there'd be more than just about 50 songs, and since this game will take hours upon hours to complete, it can get a bit repetitive after a while.
The game world is massive, there are no levels, just unlockable areas, with no in-game load times. The game-world itself is like a condensed version of the country, allowing you to skate from Chicago landmarks to our Nation’s Capitol Building in about ten seconds.