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Thrasher Presents: Skate and Destroy

by Rockstar Games
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B00001ZULA
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 5 inches
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,364 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Move over, Tony Hawk. You've got some new competition gunning at you in this game, which features up-and-coming skaters who are both dangerously hip and recklessly rebellious. Endorsed by skating bible Thrasher magazine, this game captures the true spirit, style, and skill of the renegade freestyle street-skating culture. Choose from several skaters, pick an outfit, and then select from one of 12 skateboarding locations, including the Brooklyn Bridge banks or L.A.'s Santa Monica Courthouse. These and other concrete temples are all based on real-life locations.

There are more than 100 tricks to master, which is necessary if you want to unlock secret levels or outrun the donut-eating cops. Since motion-capture technology was used to design the movement of each skater, each special move looks fairly natural when executed. In addition, each environment is completely interactive. For example, you will see leaves fall from a tree if you happen to hit it. Of course, you can also interact with objects to show off your skating skills. We had fun sliding down ramps and jumping over trashcans.

One of the strengths of Thrasher: Skate and Destroy is its phenomenal hip-hop soundtrack, which features icons like Grandmaster Flash, Eric B. & Rakim, EPMD, A Tribe Called Quest, Gang Starr, Sugar Hill Gang, Afrika Bambaataa, Public Enemy, Stetasonic, and Run-D.M.C. --Carrie Bell


  • Endorsed by Thrasher magazine
  • One of the only freestyle skating games on the market
  • Totally interactive environments
  • Difficult to master
  • Graphics could use some sharpening


Thrasher: Skate & Destroy has the unfortunate distinction of being the game that came out after Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. While both are skateboarding games, they are about as different as two games in the same genre can get. While Tony Hawk takes a real rough-and-tumble, pick-up-and-play approach to skateboarding, Thrasher delivers a steeper learning curve and an almost sim-like approach to the sport, and ultimately, it has a completely different feel than Tony Hawk's. The goal of the game is to appear on the cover of Thrasher as the magazine's skater of the year. But you'll start as a lowly boarder, skating around your local industrial zone. Each level has a set point total that you must break to proceed to the next area. As you proceed through the game's twelve levels, you'll learn new tricks and earn new sponsors. You can cover your skater with logos from clothing makers and board manufacturers, like Converse, DC Shoes, and DVS. Or, you can avoid selling out and stay logo-free. Each level starts out with a free skate, which lets you have all the time you need to get used to the area and figure out where all the big trick spots are. Then, once you feel ready, you hit select, which starts your two-minute timer. You must use these two minutes to best the level's clear score, which starts at a measly 5,000 on the first level, but you'll have to beat 25,000 to complete the game's final level. When time runs out, some sort of bad guy will chase you, be it a cop or a mugger. Some levels are skate parks, so you won't have to rush to a level exit to keep from being accosted. There are also several multiplayer games, including best tricks, worst wrecks, horse, longest grind, biggest wallride, and a simple two-minute session. Thrasher focuses heavily on technical tricks, with an emphasis on grinds and kickflip-style moves. There is plenty of big air to be had and as the game says, "big air = big points." But the real thrill comes from linking together four or five flips, grabs, and grinds on and over different obstacles, like walls, tables, and cars. Variety and location play a huge part in the game's scoring system. If you keep doing the same trick over and over again, or you keep doing tricks in the same spot, you'll never meet the point requirement. Luckily, this game has a ton of tricks. Once you've earned all the tricks, holding down any one of three buttons and a direction willlet you pull off different tricks. Holding down the L1 button can modify some tricks even further. Some tricks require more than one button press. The list is long, and just about all your favorite skating tricks are represented. The characters and animation have a very distinct graphical style. The skaters have a rounded, cartoonish look to them that works pretty well. The game's animation is great, too - especially the wrecks. The environments are fairly large, and the textures used for buildings and other objects look OK. The game runs at a nice fast pace, slowing down only to let you watch your wrecks in all their slow-motion glory. The game's soundtrack is incredible. Not only are all the skateboarding noises and ambient sounds terrific, but the music is a collection of classic hip-hop tracks, ranging from Run-DMC's King of Rock to the Ultramagnetic MC's with Kool Keith Housin' Things. Other tracks include Rapper's Delight, White Lines, and Planet Rock. Most people wouldn't immediately associate skateboarding with old rap music, but it works really, really well in the game. Thrasher: Skate and Destroy is no Tony Hawk. But it doesn't really try to be Tony Hawk, either. You may not be able to pick it up and start doing switch 540s right off the bat, but once you've taken the time to learn the controls and pick up the game's subtle timing, you'll be rewarded with an incredibly fun skateboarding game. If you're finished with Tony Hawk, and you're hungry for another challenge, Thrasher: Skate and Destroy is the meal you're looking for.--Jeff Gerstmann--Copyright © 1998 GameSpot Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of GameSpot is prohibited. -- GameSpot Review

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BeST SkateBoarding Game EVER ! November 24, 1999
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I first played the Tony Hawk Pro Skater Demo and I thought it was fake looking and it was hard to do tricks and I got bored of it very quickly you only got 2 minutes to play and then it started over. in this game Demo you had a chance to learn the Moves. I Played the Demo for Thrasher Skate and Destroy and it was easier to do Tricks and the way that the skateboarders moved and did tricks Like a 360 flip looked more Realistic. In Tony Hawk proskater the 360 flip looks like a 180 kickflip, What is That? This game is more real and you could do cooler tricks in this game and Better combos of tricks than you could do in Tony hawk. Today I finally got this game and it is 100 times better than the demo version of Thrasher. If your looking for a Real skateboarding game with a cool oldschool Hip-hip soundtrack: Run DMC,Planit Rock,tribe,EPMD,GangSTARR, and more. 12 different places to skate with tons of secret skate spots : Venice Beach,EMB, LA court house,China Banks, and More. Also in multi-player mode compete on who can do the best wall ride, who can do the worst crash, play horse or Skate and other cool things. This is the Best Skateboarding Game ever and This game is the Greatest game I have ever played!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Simulation December 1, 1999
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
An excellent simulation skater for all those who thought Tony Hawk was a little easy for their fingers. Thrasher puts you with real boards, real sponsors and real simulation style playing. The game is extremely challenging and will take a few hours to get used to. After that you will be playing for days trying to pull off impossible tricks while listening to te well made soundtrack. The only problem was the graphics which could have been a little better with frame-rate but other than that, this game should not be missed. This is for all those who want to really master a skateboaring game...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMULATION April 26, 2000
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The 3rd skateboarding game to come out on the Playstation, continues the saying, "Third time's a charm." The first skateboarding game, Street Sk8er was horrible in every aspect, including linear graphics and gameplay. The second game out and most popular by far, Tony Hawk Pro Skater. THPS boasted super fast gameplay and excellent gameplay. It had a more arcade feel to it, which made it more accessible to a broader audience, but left die-hard skatefans much to desire. Thrasher Skate and Destroy fills that void quite nicely. The setting of the game starts you off choosing one of six small town punks (There are no real skaters in this game) to try to progress to the top of the skateboard industry. In order to do so, you must beat the high score for your hometown level then do the same for eleven more levels. New tricks are awarded or "learned" after each level you beat. A few levels are contests and after winning you can choose a sponsor from a variety of brands. After you have beaten the game, go back and try your luck on expert mode. This mode is much harder and after every city you conquer you take a picture of your winning run for the cover of Thrasher. There are five covers to get on before you can be skater of the year.
I'm going to break this skate simulation down into various categories for you:
Graphics 8/10 Not exactly pushing the playstation's limits, but they work well. They're not really as ugly as they are plain. Low on detail, but by no means an eyesore. There are more than a few glitches in this however, but they don't detract from the fun.
Gameplay: 9/10 Every trick imaginable is crammed in this game. They can all be linked smoothly together through a clever trick system.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Game April 26, 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Thrasher: Skate and Destroy is truly a classic game for various reasons that have mostly been stated so i'll summarize my thoughts like this:

1. Realism. While most skateboarding games are completely off the wall, Thrasher stays pretty much in touch with the reality of skateboarding. It is a lot more rewarding to pull off a difficult trick, and often times you need to practice before you actually can. I have to believe that most haters of this game didnt play long enough to learn the tricky controls. Another big plus is the realism of the environment. Don't expect to be doing a FS boardslide down a dinosaurs back in a museum in Thrasher, but instead famous real world skate spots that are a good emulation of the real thing (such as the old brooklyn banks, washington square park, etc).

2.Soundtrack. The music in S&D is for all intents and purposes, a crash course in classic hip-hop and electric funk, which was an awesome surprise when I bought it after its release. No poppy punk garbage with whiny ear splitting hooks here. Just raw, classic rap that compliments the grimey urban terrains perfectly. Sure to be overlooked or frowned upon by anyone who doesn't remember those days of skating.

3.Replay Value. Answer this question. Have you ever been through three copies of one game? I know that most all of my games sit on the shelf after a couple of months of play, but even after my first disk got scratched beyond repair, then the next copy went MIA, I STILL had to find myself another copy. Thrasher has come so close to making the next best thing to actually skating, that it is a shame they abandoned their efforts in the video game market (assumably due to low sales from bad marketing).

I can't say enough about this game...spend a couple of bucks and take a chance on a masterpiece that was forgotten in the world of THPS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best childhood memory I have from my PS one days! Great game, great condition!
Published 4 months ago by Angel Bravo
4.0 out of 5 stars Best game
I think this is the best skater game of the time of 2000 but over all I love the game grew up playing skater games.
Published 9 months ago by No good
5.0 out of 5 stars great!
Great quality no scratches the game was in perfect condition! The case had the booklet and only minor scratches! Great buy
Published 11 months ago by Lavonte Hines
5.0 out of 5 stars Best old skate game ever
This game is as fun and hard to play as I remembered it. Graphics were as bad as I remembered to though. So fun if you can get past the ps1 ggraphis. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Brian J. Honcoop
5.0 out of 5 stars Two words...
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - > Damn yea. This game's so sick. The only downside is the size of the levels. But it's damn good if you actually skate too.
Published 17 months ago by Gabriel
5.0 out of 5 stars best skateboarding game ever made to date
this is literally the best skateboard game ever made. if you skateboard in real life, this is the game for you. real spots, real tricks, real challenge of learning. Read more
Published on June 23, 2010 by A. Shoup
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrasher
As a skater, i kind of get tired of tony hawk's crazy unreal skating.This is the perfect solution. The tricks are all real, this is all real skating. Read more
Published on October 27, 2004 by Kir
5.0 out of 5 stars the only alternative
I love the tony hawk games. I've got all of them and I look forward to the next one... that being said it is important for me to tell you that I have been playing the same game... Read more
Published on June 28, 2004 by crills
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and REAL
Ok, ill admit it Tony Hawks Pro skater is definently fun with its wacky jobs to perform and the crazy worlds u skate in. Read more
Published on October 18, 2003 by "mynigerstinks99"
5.0 out of 5 stars awsome game and even better soundtrack
this game is weird, graphics wise, compared to the stunning tony hawks pro skater 1-4, but most that own the game would say they are equal. Read more
Published on April 13, 2003 by "dahmuno"
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