Tony Hawk has a long and important history in video games. Apart from being an all-star professional skateboarder, he had significantly impacted the gaming world in the 90s with the release of the iconic Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series. Skateboarding was still an untapped sport in the interactive medium, so it was a stroke of luck and talent that Hawk and Activision would create some of the most memorable skateboarding video games of all time. Over two decades later, and the development duties have shifted from Neversoft over to Vicarious Visions, who had the difficult task of recreating the magic, the flare, and the style of those pivotal 90s games. It's with great pleasure that we can confidently say they stuck the landing.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 remakes both the first and second games in the franchise (or "remasters", but those two words are blurring together these days). Vicarious Visions lovingly recreates the locations, the skaters, the combos, the gear, and a majority of the soundtrack to a tee, while giving the experience a much-needed bump in visual fidelity and style for modern consoles. Almost everything that you remember from the original titles is back, improved and enhanced, or given necessary tweaking/additions to make the package a well-rounded and gratefully non-premium purchase.
Almost everything that you remember from the original titles is back, improved and enhanced...
The urgency that the two-minute timer enforces on players is great, and keeps the pacing always fast and frantic.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 might actually have the best [soundtrack] in the entire skateboarding series.
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PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
4 September 2020
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