Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
North American PS2 cover art
North American PS2 cover art
Developer(s) Neversoft
Edge of Reality (N64 port)
Shaba Games (PS1 port)
Vicarious Visions (GBA port)
Gearbox Software (PC port)
HotGen (GBC port)
Publisher(s) Activision
Engine RenderWare
Platform(s) Xbox, PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Windows, Mac OS X, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, Nintendo 64, PlayStation
Release date PlayStation 2
PAL 2001-10-30
PAL 2001-10-29
PAL 2002-11-13
PAL 2001-11-23
PAL 2002-03-28
PAL 2002-03-11
PAL 2002-05-28
NA 2002-08-20
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Rating(s) ELSPA: 15+
ESRB: T / EN64
OFLC: M15+
PEGI: 12+

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, often called THPS3 or Tony Hawk 3, is a video game in the Tony Hawk's series. It was developed by Neversoft and published by Activision in 2001 for the Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Color, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation. In 2002, it was published for the Nintendo 64, Xbox, Microsoft Windows and Game Boy Advance. It was the first game released for the PlayStation 2 supporting online play, and the last game released on the Nintendo 64 in North America.

This game saw the introduction of the revert, a trick that enabled vert combos to be tied together with a manual, by tapping a button when landing in a quarterpipe. This allowed for much longer combos than in the previous two games, where landing in a quarterpipe would finish a combo. The game also added hidden combos. These were variations on standard tricks that could be performed as grab, flip, lip, or grind tricks. For example, double-tapping the kickflip button would, naturally, make the character perform a double kickflip. This system would later be refined in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4.

The game was also unusual for having advertising in the form of billboards; while the previous games in the series featured advertising, non-skating brands can be seen for the first time (since the level Downhill Jam in THPS1). Such brands include McDonald's, Nokia and Jeep.

Lastly, the game stood out in the franchise for being the first title to have online capabilities. Users could connect directly to other players online on the PlayStation 2 version—even prior to the launch of the network adapter, with a USB ethernet adapter.


[edit] System requirements

[edit] Minimum system requirements

[edit] Various Hacks

[edit] How to enable widescreen support

You can add any custom resolution (by replacing an existing one) to the game by editing Skate3.exe with an hexadecimal editor. For instance, to replace the 640x480 resolution:

Original source, as well as a list of common widescreen resolutions: Widescreen Gaming Forum - Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 - (Hack) (Stretch)

[edit] Removing the x251 multiplier limit

The x251 multiplier limit was a programmer mistake, possibly a byte data type with 4 numbers missing. This .exe unlocks the multiplier, which can thus go to infinity, the way it should be. Skate3 x251 multiplier limit removed (exe file)

[edit] Cheat codes

Pause the game, then enter the cheats menu in the options screen. Enter one of the codes:

Code Result
backdoor Cheat mode
roadtrip level cheat
yohomies all characters
peepshow all FMV sequences
idkfa Doom Guy skater
WeEatDirt All created skaters
givemesomewood All decks

Enter one of the following names at the create a skater screen and their stats will appear.

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