Tag: Skateboarding

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

Skater XL Review (Xbox One)

  • Genre: Extreme Sports, Skateboarding
  • Developer|Publisher: Easy Day Studios
  • Age Rating: PEGI 3 | ESRB Everyone (Mild blood)
  • Price: UK £34.99 | US $39.99
  • Release Date: 28th July 2020

No review code was provided. This was purchased by myself, and my full opinion based on a full comprehensive playthrough.

Gameplay

Lets grind straight into it shall we. Easy Day Studios have made a solid attempt at a skateboarding game. With its intuitive controls the player can use the left stick and right stick to go in any direction to move your feet individually. Such freedom can make certain tricks look epic and real too. Ollie and want to grind the handrail and do transitions? You can. Do you want to kickflip down a 12 step set of stairs to land on a rail and finish off into manual? You can. However… As much as the controls is its main star attraction. Most times the input doesn’t exactly register and you will end up in a crumbled mess on the floor.

You can make some brillaint set pieces as you can see below from my footage I have recorded.

Graphics, sound, performance

Skater XL isn’t the prettiest game to grace the Xbox, Playstation or PC. Again, if you were expecting eye candy then this game isnt it. Saying that it isnt a bad thing either as this game doesnt need to be spectactular. The graphics/visuals is good enough for me. The game does come with a tracklist from bands I have never heard off, which is good for those indie exposure, plus EDS (Easy Day Studios) is independant studio themselves. So please dont expect the tracklist to be like Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1 & 2 days.

The performance of the game can be hit and miss. The framerate drops like a sack of spuds at times and the game becomes all choppy as well. Not only some of these issues apparent, glitching underneath the map and smashing through walls and other items is rife. Shame, game performance is hindered by these issues but on the flip side the game is actually fun to play.

Difficulty

There is no difficulty. The only thing I can say about the ‘potential’ difficulty is the player. Constant playing and getting use to the controls is the best advice I can give on such a game. With both sticks being able to be used freely does create the possibility of great tricks like I have said previously, plus those great set pieces.

Conclusion

I would say overall Skater XL isnt a bad game. Rough around the edges, huge canvas to improve and add to the game. You can customize you’re character to the liking. The game does have licensed clothing from DC, Independant, Etnies, ES, Element and skateboards such as Blind (classic reaper, brings back memories when I use to skate awful lot in my youth) and even spitfire wheels. Yes, you can customize your skateboard with the griptape, trucks, wheels and the vinyl of the board itself. EDS has hit the customization to a T. With the above issues of performance, controls and the emptiness each map provides plus missed opportunties. Skater XL falls short, but, it has huge potential to be great when these improvements and more added content hits the game.

Verdict
Don’t forget to wear your helmet, elbow pads and kneepads as you will be falling off quite a bit. Skater XL is a nice fill with the lack of skateboarding games as of late, though less we speak about Tony Hawks Pro Skater 5 the better. Maybe wait until the game goes on sale in prep for the remaster of Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1 & 2 and of course Skate 4.
5/10