Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 for Mac released

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
Mac game publisher Aspyr Media has announced the release of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 for the Macintosh. It's one of the first games to ship for Mac OS X, as well.

Aspyr Media president Michael Rogers told MacCentral that the new game is one of those titles that will "suck hours out of your life."

"The different maps are a blast -- some challenge you to get the best air possible, others have great rails and grind areas, but most have something for every type of player," said Rogers. "The competition levels are cool, the cheats are fun, and nothing beats playing the whole game as Spiderman (trust me)! It runs beautifully in Mac OS X and Mac OS 8.6+, and includes some great videos (including two 'bail' videos that'll make you cringe)."

The pro skateboarding game is a conversion of a hugely popular PC title published by Activision. The conversion itself was handled by Westlake Interactive. It features single-player and multiplayer capabilities, enabling you to go head-to-head with friends on LANs, AppleTalk networks, or the Internet. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 also incorporates support for GameRanger, Scott Kevill's free Mac-only online gaming service. Multiplayer games include tag mode, trick attack and graffiti.

In Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, you can take the persona and skills of some of the world's most well-known skateboarding pros, including personalities like Tony Hawk and Bob Burnquist. You can also create your own customized skater if you prefer. You tour a variety of fantastic skate parks as you master trick combos. In career mode you'll play for cash, which you can then use to buy new decks, master new skills, and visit new locations.

"We are very excited about Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2," Westlake Interactive business manager Suellen Adams told MacCentral. "It's addictive, and it runs seamlessly under Mac OS X, as well as 8.6 and above!"

That's not all, either -- Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 also includes a real-time 3D editor, which enables you build your own skate park from the ground up. You can also save your parks and share files with other users.

System requirements call for an iMac, G3 or G4-equipped Mac operating at 233MHz or faster; ATI RAGE Pro-based hardware 3D acceleration or better; Mac OS 8.6 or higher (including OS X); 32MB RAM; OpenGL 1.1; QuickTime 3.0 or higher; and a 4x CD-ROM. The game carries a suggested retail price of US$39.95. Look for it soon wherever Mac games are sold.

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