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    Default Tony Hawk on the GameCube... worth a try?

    A long time ago, I bought THUG for my Xbox considering I had enjoyed all of the previous incarnations of it. Unfortunately, my copy doesn't quite work right, and I'm not willing to format my hard drive (and lost a ton of my 5 million game saves) to fix it. (For more info on this, look up "THUG = BUG" and you'll see...)

    Anyway, today at Toys R Us, I picked up THUG for the GameCube for $10.00. I want to give it a shot, but I'm worried about the controller. How do the Tony Hawk games play on the GameCube? Should I crack it open and go for it, or return it and seek to spend my $10.00 elsewhere?
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    The only THPS GC game I've played 3, and I love it. I think the control is good it on. So THUG would be probably be just as good.

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    IMO, horribly. As an owner of all three current gen consoles the GCN controller has never felt right with a lot of games for me and some of the worst were the TH games. I played the hell out of all of them... on all systems. I'm a huge fan and whenever any of them would end up on sale I'd just have to get them (even if I owned the same game twice for the other two systems). So I played THPS 3, 4, and the THUG games for GCN. Some of the control fluidity that I had on the Xbox was lost and after an hour or two I found that I was losing the ability to play due to comfort issues.

    I guess it'll depend on the individual and the fact that I spent so much time on THPS and THPS 2 on Dreamcast, then THPS2x for Xbox and so on and so forth could have given me a bias towards that style of control... but it can't be all of it. I just don't think it works vert well on the GCN controller - it never at all felt right.

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    On the other hand I've never had a problem playing Tony Hawk (and I own 3, 4 and Underground currently) on the Cube. And I've played the PS1 and PS2 versions as well.

    All that it took for me to get used to were the analog shoulders on the Cube pad and getting them pressed properly.

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    If you learned how to play Tony Hawk on the Dreamcast, then you shouldn't have any problem adapting to the Cube controls.

    If you learned TH on the PlayStation, then it's like relearning the control scheme all over again...
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    I thought Tony Hawk 4 played excellent on the GameCube. Easily the most enjoyable game in the series for me.

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    Tony Hawk, I think, works surprsingly well on the GCN controller, and only takes a little bit to learn. I was always able to switch between PS2 and GCN tony hawk games with little to no problem, so I don't think you should have much of one.

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    All of the Tony Hawk games are good, no matter what system. I played THUG for 'Cube a while back and it works just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snes_collecter
    The only THPS GC game I've played 3, and I love it. I think the control is good it on. So THUG would be probably be just as good.
    Same here, but if I recall I think some of the balance cheat codes that were available for the PS2 were not on the Gamecube

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    Quote Originally Posted by EricRyan34
    All of the Tony Hawk games are good, no matter what system. I played THUG for 'Cube a while back and it works just fine.
    Agreed. I've played TH on the Playstation, Dreamcast, Cube, PC...never had a problem adjusting to the controls.

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    The only major difference I can think of with the GC version is that the Z button is mapped to the Run Out move, which is a little awkward. I think Spine Transfer is just L + R, so that's pretty workable. The analog stick feels a hell of a lot better than playing it with a Dual Shock, that's for sure.

    Honestly though, I can't think of a THPS/THUG game I've played with outright bad control. Even the PSP THUG2 controls well enough, despite the PSP's horrible d-pad and lack of buttons and sticks.

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    I learned the controls to THPS on the PS back in the day, and I haven't had one bit of problems adjusting to the GC controls.

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    I didn't have any problems playing any of the THPS games on the Gamecube. Infact, it is the system of choice for me when it comes to these games. I really like the Gamecube controller though. Some people have issues adjusting to controllers that aren't the PS2 controller, so if you are one of those people then it probably won't work out for you.


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    Not worth bothering if you are used to playing with an Xbox or PlayStation pad, as the controls will just infuriate you.

    I get all confuzzled with the Cube pad when playing Tony Hawk. The button configuration makes it next to impossible to do tricks you would easially do using anothr style pad, and those horrible clicky triggers are annoying and make it hard to ollie / nollie Etc...

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    Personally I can only play it well with a Playstation Pad but go ahead if you want

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    Hunh. I'm a little interested now about how / why people have said Playstation / Xbox is hard to convert from, but it is like the Dreamcast. I have 2X, 3 and 4 (and a not-really-working THUG) on the Xbox, and really liked 2X and the little I saw of THUG (3 and 4 are kinda "eh" for me), but I originally learned how to play on the Dreamcast, and I saw no change from one to the other.

    At this point, I think I'll try it instead of returning it and just see how it goes.
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    The GC controller is the best for the Tony Hawk games, it fits your hand well.

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    I've played THPS on all of the current systems, and I've never found the control scheme to be all that different on any of them.

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    Tony Hawk games are some of the only games i refuse to play on anything except Playstation consoles...others in that list are SSX...NBA Street...and other games where playin on Xbox or GCN you miss out because there are less buttons...less buttons = less tricks = less fun
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    Quote Originally Posted by goatdan
    A long time ago, I bought THUG for my Xbox considering I had enjoyed all of the previous incarnations of it. Unfortunately, my copy doesn't quite work right, and I'm not willing to format my hard drive (and lost a ton of my 5 million game saves) to fix it. (For more info on this, look up "THUG = BUG" and you'll see...)

    Anyway, today at Toys R Us, I picked up THUG for the GameCube for $10.00. I want to give it a shot, but I'm worried about the controller. How do the Tony Hawk games play on the GameCube? Should I crack it open and go for it, or return it and seek to spend my $10.00 elsewhere?
    Ah, THUG=BUG, my topic if I'm not mistaken. Yeah, the only way to fix that was through calling MS and after them beating around the bush for 15-20 minutes, giving me the code that wipes the HD. Luckily for me I didn't have anything I didn't mind losing, but it's a hassle regardless.

    As for the situation at hand, if it's a huge problem, get a GCN~Ps2 adapter and be on your merry way. Check the used accessories at GS/EB. I got mine for $5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrJustinRamone
    Ah, THUG=BUG, my topic if I'm not mistaken. Yeah, the only way to fix that was through calling MS and after them beating around the bush for 15-20 minutes, giving me the code that wipes the HD. Luckily for me I didn't have anything I didn't mind losing, but it's a hassle regardless.
    Yeah, I've probably got 50 or so gamesaves on there that I don't want to lose, including season data for NBA, NFL and MLB 2K5. As much as I'd like to play THUG on Xbox, losing most of that makes it really, really not worth it... and since I got THUG for the GameCube cheaper than I could get another memory card for the Xbox, I think it just makes sense... as long as the controller works well for it.

    I'm really surprised by the people who said it was great. I've always thought that I wouldn't be able to play on anything but a four-face-button pad.

    By the way, what "extra tricks" does the Playstation have on it thanks to the extra buttons that the 'Cube / Xbox don't get? I've only played THPS on the PSX, and I never really liked that one anyway, so I can't judge it.
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    The only Cube version I played was of TH3, so I can't comment on any of the later ones. It suffers from some bad slowdown in a few levels (especially Skater Island), probably because it was a rushed port. I don't think the later games have the excessive slowdown because I would assume they were developed simultaneously with the other systems' versions, but I can't say for sure.

    The small D-pad makes it harder to control IMHO, and I wouldn't want to go back to it after the Xbox's Controller S pad, but by the time I got the Cube version I had kind of gotten used to it through the original GBA. On the other hand, if you prefer to use the analog stick, the Cube would be just as good. In fact it may be better because its octogonal well would "force" you to press the stick in an exact direction.

    Another thing: it's been a while since I played it, but IIRC you don't have to press the triggers all the way down until they click; just lightly tap them. I don't know if later games worked this way or not, of course.

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    I loved my THPS3 and 4 on the cube and I for one loved the controller. Just needs a bit of getting used to since most of us have probably played the series on DC or PSX/PS2.
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    Yeah, open it up and play it for sure!
    One of my favorite games of all time is THPS 3. I personally think the controls are close to being perfect! THUG is no different, as I own every HAWK game for the GC so far.

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