Skate fans, take note: The October 2006 issue of Official Xbox Magazine hits newsstands today, complete with a detailed, six-page hands-on report on the Birdman's latest offering, Tony Hawk's Project 8. Built from the ground up for the Xbox 360 and next-gen hardware, one of THP8's biggest innovations is a new mode called Nail the Trick. Bust an ollie and, while airborne, the controller's analog sticks become your skater's feet. Flick them to perform real-time kickflips and spins, then line everything up again to land correctly and carry on with your combo. It's truly a fresh take on tricks that you haven't seen in earlier Tony Hawk games.
There's also information on the game's multiplayer modes, open-world challenges, sadistic bail goals and other fun stuff. Catch up on Project 8 with the GamesRadar preview, then run - we said run, dammit - to your nearest magazine seller to get the latest issue of OXM (which not only includes an Xbox 360 demo of F.E.A.R. but also comes with free THP8 stickers). It's on sale right now.
August 29, 2006