Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 & 2 DEALS
Tony Hawk games have been on a weird journey through the years – first starting with the best games of the series, then ending with weird, and expensive peripherals, bad sequels, and questionable ports. The best titles coming in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, and developer Vicarious Visions is doing a job of reminding everyone why we fell in love with the game in the first place.
The overall structure remains completely intact: You select levels based on various locations around the globe, then jump on your trusted skateboard to complete objectives like getting the high score before the time limit expires, collecting letters to spell out “skate,” and doing tricks over specific areas.
Vicarious Visions keeps the best parts of the game largely intact from the original, but there are a huge number of enhancements – including a larger arsenal of tricks, a greater feeling of speed, better controls and overhauled graphics.
Looking back over the many, many years that has passed, I personally loved the original games, and I love this remake as it gives many little nods towards its roots. THPS1&2 features every real-life skater from the first two games, an enhanced create-a-skater mode, and nearly every song from the classic soundtracks – when thinking of the perfect blueprint for a remaster, this is very, very close.
Including the original music is such a small, yet important feature. Turning the game on and hitting the half pipe to Goldfinger’s “Superman” brings memories flooding back.
All the levels from the original games are also available, complete with beautiful makeovers for the current technology, these new environments do look actually brilliant too. The stages are faithful versions to the levels 20 years ago, as you can reach a part of a level that you both remember – and feel new to.
The skatepark editor is still an important feature, that is back with a bang in this remaster. There is a massive set of elements to choose from, including smart objects you can curve at multiple articulation points, the creation tools make it easy to get the park from out of your dreams and onto the screen. It’s very much worth looking through community features, as the created levels are endless with their enjoyment.
Outside of sharing your parks, you can also jump into online matches. In the frantic and fun online sessions, you compete in objective playlists of quick-hit matches where eight players vie for the top spot. These objectives are as simple as getting the best score within the time limit or landing the best single combo, or as off-the-wall as graffiti mode, where you try to tag as many of the objects as possible by performing tricks on them. The main selling point of the multi-player is that players are able to seamlessly join and drop out without everyone else needing to return to a lobby.
The multiplayer is a nice feature, but it does get boring quickly, due to repetitive objectives and an inability to play some of the local multiplayer offerings like H-O-R-S-E- and Tag online.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 makes the experience of playing through these games again feel fresh and current. With contemporary visuals, smooth gameplay, and the majority of the original soundtrack. The franchise needed a fresh new direction to go in, and it’s almost poetic that it comes from the past.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 & 2
THPS1&2 Remaster really is how remakes and remasters should be done. The updated visuals but with the classic soundtrack balances nostalgia with modern gaming – A real treat for anyone.
- Fantastic graphics
- Endless custom park content
- Faithful remaster
- Multiplayer is lacking
- Quick to complete
- Some hidden objects are difficult to locate
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