Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2 Review (PS4)

  • Genre: Skateboarding
  • Developer|Publisher: Vicarious Visions, Activision
  • Age Rating: PEGI 12 | ESRB T
  • Price: UK £39.99 | US $39.99
  • Release Date: 3rd of September 2020

Gameplay

If you played the games back in the day when they were released on the playstation 1. Old memories will soon come flooding back. Doing obscene tricks and getting the special trick meter upto max is always a killer feeling, especially landing a kickflip superman into the bowl to bs revert.

Everything is exactly the same as Pro Skater 1 & 2 in terms of the Skate tours. Each map has been given the HD lick of paint to today standard’s and continues the each map objectives from high score to collect S-K-A-T-E and get the secret tape etc.

You also have numerous of challenges to complete across many scenarios. Such as Skater challenges, combo, multiplayer, skate park and create-a-park challenges. Gain even more extra kudos via the rookie challenge complete collection to veteran and legend. These challenges will be completed as you naturally progress through the game anyways, so dont feel as if you need to finish all the challenges straight away.

Graphics, sound and performance

The whole game visually is stunning. I guess being a big fan of the games back in the day does help, especially with the nostalgia this game brings with it. Having returning skaters and looking like their present day selves is awesome, and shit Caballero is looking old haha.

One huge highlight of the Pro Skater games were the tracklist that accompanied it. From Goldfinger- Superman to Rage Against The Machine, Anthrax and Papa Roach plus many more great songs. I guess for me personally, the Pro Skater games got me more into punk songs, though I already liked Rage Against The Machine, Anthrax for example. Sound in this remaster of both games is top notch, nothing to argue or critique here.

Performance wise of the game I have had no issues. I did or shall I say expericened some glitches now and again, like falling through the map when I landed my melon grab or somehow wallride into oblivion. Again, I wasnt really bothered when these happened in all honesty, I kinda laughed more than going oh for fuck sakes here we go again haha.

Conclusion

Its a massive nostalgia trip for me this game. I can remember playing it to death and got really good at it, well I thought I did haha. I guess my love for the game grew even more when I got into skateboarding and spending most of my nights after school skateboarding around with friends and finding spots where we would attempt to do the tricks and outragoues stunts, no not Jackass, though that kinda happened too…

Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1 & 2 is a must have game in your gaming library. With all returning characters and even more skaters added such as Riley Hawk, Tony’s son, its a great time to hop back in and see where it leads you. I didnt realise how quick these games were, but you didnt really play to finish it and not touch it again. I spent far too many hours into the create-a-park feature, and always increasing my overall score on per level. Plus, always coming back for that epic tracklist too.

Verdict

If you are in need of a kick in your life, get Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1 & 2, you wont regret it. Remember, wear your helmet, kneepads and dont try this at home as we are all got older when we originally played this. I’m glad Tony Hawk game has gone back to its absolute best and not like that last shower of shite, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5….

9/10

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