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Tony Hawk lands (for the 8th time) onto store shelves.

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Doing a bert slide onto retail shelves, Activision’s Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland lets gamers make an expansive streaming L.A. skate world their personal playground. The game allows players to skate and BMX bike from seaside Santa Monica, to the star-studded sidewalks of Hollywood, to the gritty streets of East L.A. as they customize and upgrade their characters, unlock new tricks and choose their missions without loads or levels. Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland also takes the action to new heights with expanded controls that allow players to pull off more sick tricks than ever before and new multiplayer modes including Xbox Live support and a two-player co-op classic mode.

“Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland is a major step forward for the brand,” said Will Kassoy, vice president of global brand management, Activision, Inc. “For the first time ever, players have the freedom to experience continuous action through an immersive and humorous storyline inspired by the roots of the sport.”

In a plot-twisting story that pays homage to the roots of skateboarding and punk style, Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland puts players in the shoes of a young rebel skater who makes his way to Los Angeles, the mecca of skateboarding. Once there he must prove himself to Tony Hawk, legendary skaters such as Tony Alva, and local pros, while constructing the ultimate, trick-filled skate park. Gamers can customize their character all in-game as they travel throughout the vast areas of Los Angeles. New player controls, both on and off the board allow for insane combos and include bert slides, stalls, Natas spins handstands, one-footed grinds and manuals, wall runs, wall flips, board smacks and board throws.

Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland features online gameplay for up to eight players for both Xbox Live and PlayStation 2 Online. In addition, Classic Mode returns with an all new two-player co-op mode where gamers can compete alone or alongside friends in their favorite Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater levels as they race against a two-minute timer to complete favorite goals such as “Pro Score,” “Combo Letters,” and “Skate Letters.”

Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland was developed by Neversoft Entertainment and is now available for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft, and the Nintendo GameCube for a suggested retail price of $49.99. A Collector’s Edition is also available for the PlayStation 2 for a suggested retail price of $59.99 and includes two exclusive classic mode levels, two exclusive secret characters, the “Making of Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland” documentary and a concept art gallery featuring creations by legendary artist Jimbo Philips. The game is rated “T” (Teen – Blood, Crude Humor, Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence) by the ESRB. A Wireless version of Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland was developed by JAMDAT Mobile, Inc.

Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland for Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft will be available November 2005.

Brady Games’ Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland Official Strategy Guide is available at electronics, book, and software retailers nationwide, and online at bradygames.com.

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