Tony Hawk
Pro Skater 2 PSX

Tony Hawk 2 PSX
Cheats & Secrets

thps2 case

Ah, the good ol’ PSX days! My first console that I remember everyone wanted modded. While I didnt have the money to mod my Playstation I managed to grab a copy of THPS2. Back when blocky polygons were the height of realism and the soundtracks were jam-packed with punk rock anthems. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 was a staple for many, blending incredible gameplay with a killer soundtrack. Let’s do an ollie into the past, shall we?

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 Story

Imagine this: The year is 2000. The world is just getting used to the idea of the Y2K bug being a no-show, I still had bleached hair and then bam! out comes Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2, taking the world by storm. It wasn’t just a game; it was an experience. It was band practice, smoking cigarettes, and playing THPS2 for me almost religiously. Ah, my teen years, lol. From trying to beat your high score to perfecting that combo, there was never a dull moment. And if we’re reminiscing, there’s nothing quite like having to blow the dust off the old PSX and tap the disc drive to get it to work, right?

THPS 2 Levels

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 did one thing not many of us thought possible and expand upon the first game in ways we couldnt have imagined. A tonne of new levels, each having its unique flavor and challenges:

  • Hangar: A basic start, but remember the wind tunnel? Epic.
  • School II: Oh, boy. Those damn bells. I still remember the frustration, especially that one on the corner of the triangle grind. What a pain in my arse.
  • Marseille: That secret bowl was the stuff of legends.
  • New York City: Taxi cabs and rooftop gaps, the Big Apple never felt so skatable.
  • Venice Beach: Sun, sea, and… skateboarding!
  • Skatestreet: Perfect for those who loved vert ramps.
  • Philadelphia: Who could forget the epic Liberty Bell grind?
  • Bullring: A wild ride with a Mexican twist.
  • Chopper Drop and Skate Heaven: The secret levels that were the icing on the cake.

The biggest addition I loved more than the level design was the soundtrack which featured bands I loved such as Rage Against The Machine, Lagwagon, Millencollin, Swingin Udders, Bad Religion possibly the best sound track of all time.

THPS 2 Cheats

Alright, so its no secret we like to share some cheats. I’ve been known to throw on the perfect balance cheat from time to time (insane combos). The games got a metric tonne of cheats some funny and weird ones:

(Note: Enter these at the pause menu – a sound will happen if entered correct)

Effect Cheat Code Notes
Add $5,000 To Your Current Total X, Down, Left, Right, Down, Left, Right
All Gaps and Private Carrera Down, Up, Left, Left, Circle, Left, Up, Triangle, Triangle, Up, Right, Square, Square, Up, X Only in Career Mode
Big Heads Circle, Up, Left, Left, Square, Right, Up, Left
Clear Game with Current Skater Circle, Left, Up, Right, Circle, Left, Up, Right, X, Circle, Left, Up, Right, Circle, Left, Up, Right
Disco Lights Down, Up, Square, Circle, Up, Left, Up, X
Double Moon Physics Left, Up, Left, Up, Down, Up, Square, Triangle, Left, Up, Left, Up, Down, Up, Square, Triangle
Easy Contest Win Square, Circle, Right, Square, Circle, Right, Square, Circle, Right
Easy Moon Physics X, Square, Left, Up, Down, Up, Square, Triangle
End Competition With $10,000 Square, Circle, Right, Square, Circle, Right, Square, Circle, Right
Fat Skater X (x4), Left, X (x4), Left, X (x4), Left
Finishes Career Mode Circle, Left, Up, Right, Circle, Left, Up, Right, X, Circle, Left, Up, Right
Infinite Special X, Triangle, Circle, Circle, Up, Left, Triangle, Square
Jet Pack Mode Up (x4), X, Square, Up (x4), X, Square, Up (x4)
Kid Mode Right, Square, Triangle, Up, Down
Make the Game Move Faster Down, Square, Triangle, Right, Up, Circle, Down, Square, Triangle, Right, Up, Circle
Maxed Out Stats X, Triangle, O, Square, Triangle, Up, Down
Mirror Level Up, Down, Left, Right, Triangle, X, Square, Circle, Up, Down, Left, Right, Triangle, X, Square, Circle
Moon Physics X, Square, Left, Up, Down, Up, Square, Triangle
No Blood Right, Up, Square, Triangle
Perfect Balance Right, Up, Left, Square, Right, Up, Square, Triangle
Raise All Stats to 10 X, Triangle, Circle, Square, Triangle, Up, Down
Sim Mode Circle, Right, Up, Left, Triangle, Circle, Right, Up, Down
Skinny Skater X (x4), Square, X (x4), Square, X (x4), Square
Slow Motion Tricks Circle, Up, Triangle, Square, X, Triangle, Circle
Special Bar is Always Full X, Triangle, Circle, Circle, Up, Left, Triangle, Square
Triple Moon Physics Left, Up, Left, Up, Down, Up, Square, Triangle, Left, Up, Left, Up, Down, Up, Square, Triangle
Unlimited Special Meter X, Triangle, O, Up, Left, Triangle, Square
Unlock All Levels Up, Triangle, Right, Up, Square, Triangle, Right, Up, Left, Square (x2), Up, Circle (x2), Up, Right Only in Career Mode
Unlock All Secret Characters Square, Circle, Right, Triangle, Circle, Right, Circle, Triangle, Right, Square, Right, Up, Up, Left, Up, Square
Unlock Everything but Private Carrera X, X, X, Square, Triangle, Up, Down, Left, Up, Square, Triangle, X, Triangle, Circle, X, Triangle, Circle
Wireframe Mode Down, Circle, Right, Up, Square, Triangle


thps2 gameplay

Career Rewards

If this game wasn’t addictive enough the team at Neversoft added some great career unlockable rewards for hours of replay (at least thats what I’m claiming lol). Each of these are simple follow the challenge and get the reward.

Challenge Reward
Beat Career with Tony Hawk 80’s Tony Hawk (Style for Tony)
Beat Career (4x) Always Special
Beat Career (9x) Big Head
Beat Career (3x) Kid Mode
Beat Career with Spiderman Level Flip
Beat Career with Officer Dick Moon Physics
Complete Career Mode 4 times Perfect Balance
Complete Career Mode 11 times Sim Mode
Beat Career (2x) Skip to Restart
Beat Career (8x) Slow Motion
Complete Career Mode 12 times Smooth Mode
Beat Career (5x) Stud Mode (Perfect Stats)
Beat Career (6x) Weight Mode
Beat Career (7x) Wireframe
tony hawk 2 playstation official magazine
thps2 poster
thps2 demo disc

Glitches & Bugs: Tony Hawk Has Issues

I put so many hours into THPS2 it’s fair to say that I found my share of quirks. Those random wall bounces? Yeah, they’d kick you off a grind for no reason. I mean, why? It makes no sense. And the glitches where you’d fall through the floor? Maddening, but also kind of hilarious. Still, for all its imperfections, it was a masterpiece of its time.

Screen Glitch

This one comes as no suprise to anyone who played THPS2 there is this glitch where the camera will zoom out from an angle and get stuck in the wrong orientation. Annoying to say the least especially when you don’t have that perfect balance cheat on.

Demo Game Break

When I first played THPS2 it was actually on a demo disc from the Official Playstation Magazine. I think Pizza Hut had a demo as well anyway, upon getting a highscore with cheats enabled the score would glitch out showing square blocks rather than numbers. When the time ran out the screen and character would glitch out and the game would lock up. Essentially breaking the game.

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