Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2
It would probably surprise many gamers today that long before there was a new Call of Duty game every year, Activision’s big annual franchise was Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. That’s right, a skateboard game was the big moneymaker for Activision back in the day.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater is a series of games where you, well, you skate. There’s no one to shoot, you just have to worry about stringing together long combos and finishing before you bail and lose hundreds of thousands of points. With a killer soundtrack and plenty of things to find/collect and tricks to master, it’s not long till the two-minute timer runs out and you jump back in for one last attempt. Your third last attempt in a row. It’s now 1 am in the morning and you just can’t put the controller down.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2 is just like the original games and as such, you can just pick it up and play and everything feels so natural and familiar. The only difference is it’s all been beautifully upgraded graphically and looks so amazing.
So amazing in fact that it’s glaringly disappointing that there is no camera mode. I know virtual photography is probably a very niche market, but who doesn’t want to photograph themselves doing insane tricks?
I’m glad Activision decided to dust off Tony Hawk and give it a new lease of life, it’s a classic that has stood the test of time, one that has been tweaked to include all the good parts of the series, whilst focussing on the best two games.
If you’ve never played Tony Hawk I have to ask, are you even a gamer? And if you have played Tony Hawk, how can you not want to go back and re-live your glory days?
Rating: M Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. NOTE: Coarse language.
GEEKERY rating: 4/5