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Perform tricks by maneuvering the gyroscopic movement of the controller while racing down steep terrain at breakneck speeds in Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam. Control turns, balance grinds, and fire off speed boosts by effectively twisting the remote in the desired direction and selecting the correct trick option from the D-pad, but don't over twist or you just might head into a wall. Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam features over 90 racing events set in eight environments including Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Edinburgh, Machu Picchu, and more. You can skate as Hawk, one of eight pre-made riders, or a boarder crafted from your imagination using the "Create-a-Skater." Each existing character has his or her own special tricks, and although character attributes including jumping and combat cannot be upgraded, skateboard selection and unlocked skateboards can affect such skills as speed, turning, and balance.
Skateboards come in all shapes, sizes, and attributes with a choice of current, old school "fishtails," long boards, and 70s skateboard models. Each of the events are focused on reaching the bottom of a hill as fast as possible while performing sweet tricks and avoiding obstacles like cars, pedestrians, and buildings. Environments feature a multitude of routes and hidden paths designed to create a unique downhill experience every time. By landing successful tricks you can max out your flame meter and trigger a speed blast useful for clearing certain chasms or overtaking an opponent. Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam includes four-person split screen multiplayer options for all events. ~ Gracie Leach, All Game Guide