Happy Black Friday: The Top 5 Games Set in Malls

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3. Tony Hawk: Pro Skater

I remember loving this level when I first played it. It had all the hallmarks of the modern American retail experience:

countless escalators.

quasi-art-deco floor tile design.

mall directory signage near each entrance.

It allowed the player to mess with the man; to be a badass in an environment where they’d usually be kicked out for such behaviour. In retrospect, it leaves a bit to be desired:

once again, the a video game mall is strangely empty.

there seems to be a lot of dead space between stores. In fact there don’t seem to be that many stores in the mall at all; just a lot of beige walls.

the mall itself seems to be about 7 or 8 stories tall. Maybe it’s just me, but that seems like a lot.

This level was a lot of fun at the time, but doesn’t hold up well in today’s day and age. Having said that, it was a real sign of great things to come when looking at malls in games