Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 Review- Ready for The Next Generation

Developer Vicarious Visions has been working on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 from back in the day and the game is ready to kick flip into your lives. Did they stick the landing or does the game fail and bail?

Read on to find out

 

Back in 1999 Tony Hawk was a skateboarding god (still is BTW) and his brand new skateboarding video game was launching a franchise that would go on to be a smashing success for several more years. The franchise has spawned a total of nineteen titles, with varied success a long the way, but for those of us gaming on consoles back in the early days, developer Neversoft’s Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 set the bar for physics, controls, and content for the skateboard genre. Twenty years later the first two games were placed in the lap of developer Vicarious Visions who had worked on handheld versions of the game previously.

Visiting the Past to Improve on the Future

Developer Vicarious Visions didn’t simply remaster Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2, they did their homework first by visiting former employees of developer Neversoft, by making sure they had all of the original code and assets, and by studying the geometry and physics, and then they went to work creating a 4K masterpiece ready for the next generation of consoles. All of the previous assets were recreated so that previous players would recognize all of their favorite places, but now in 4K. Even the locations of collectibles, along with the methods of reaching them, were recreated to match the old school games.

This isn’t just a nostalgia game, though, as not only is it worth your time to revisit the game, there’s also an entire generation of gamers that have never stepped foot in the warehouse or schoolyards, or any of the other storied locations. This game is actually two games in one, with an insane amount of content ready for old and new players alike, and even returning players are in for some pretty cool treats. Can you remember where all of the collectibles are? Can you remember how to reach them?

Returning Roster Aged to Perfection and New Riders as Well

Tony Hawk is definitely the face of this franchise, but he wasn’t the only playable skater back in the day. The roster of skaters includes all of these folks, albeit age appropriate now, and also includes new skaters like Riley Hawk, Nyjah Huston, Lizzie Armanto, and Aori Nishimura. Quite a few of these folks owe their love of skating to the man himself, so it is only natural for them to be playable in the game. Each skater has a unique set of challenges to complete, but if you want to run into Officer Dick, voiced by Jack Black, you’ll need to be using a created skater to unlock him.

Skateboarding Gameplay

For those new to the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series, the game is all about skating and pulling off tricks and combos. Score a lot of points, collect specific items, and unlock new areas. It’s a really simple formula that stood the test of time and is fun to master. Quick fingers come in handy for the harder to achieve special combos as you’ll have to work the directional pad and buttons in a specific order to be able to pull them off. This is how maximum points are earned. Manuals and switch backs can keep the overall combo meter climbing higher, so practice makes perfect.

Online Multiplayer and split screen multiplayer is included with the game. You can grab a friend a second controller for some friendly local split screen fun or jump online for some competitive fun. game modes include Horse, Tag, Combo Challenge, Score Challenge, and Trick attack. Online multiplayer will have a random playlist with a mix of these game types, but you better get some practice in before jumping online. There are some hardcore skaters just waiting to smash you.

While calling Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 a remaster wouldn’t exactly be a lie, it would be misleading because this game has been rebuilt and reworked from the ground up. Developer Vicarious Visions didn’t just throw a bunch of old code together with polished graphics and call it a day, they went above and beyond, making sure Tony Hawk would be proud of their finished product.

He should be proud, as they did an excellent job.

9


Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 review code provided by publisher and reviewed on a PS4 Pro. For more information on scoring, please read What our review scores really mean.