Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 is just a few days away from release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, so here’s a quick rundown on everything you need to know about this double pack of skating history.
It’s a Remake
There’s a good chance that some of you watching this video won’t know about the legendary Tony Hawk’s games from the PS1-era. They were huge. Not only in scope for their time, but in their impact, too.
The Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games brought the world of skateboarding to kids and grown-ups alike. They took away the need for actual skating skills to enjoy the sport, and they were cultural phenomenons. Tony Hawk was already a king in the skating world, and the success of the games made him into a household name too.
The first Tony Hawk’s pro skater was released on September 29th, 1999 on PS1 before being ported to other platforms. This was just six months before the launch of the PlayStation 2, yet the next three games would still release on PS1, by popular demand.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater was a hit with critics, banging in a more than respectable 92/100 on Metacritic, with the second game earning an even more impressive and almost perfect score of 98/100.
It’s In Good Hands
The developer of the previous remake, and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, didn’t have the best track record with a string of poorly reviewed titles to its name. The developer shut down a year after releasing the critically panned Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5.
The remake is being handled by Vicarious Visions, the developer behind the very successful Crash Bandicoot remakes. The studio has a fairly good track record, with a few decent games to its name, including some ports of early Tony Hawk’s games to handheld platforms.
The developers have the talent and they even have the code. The studios managed to obtain the source code for the games from the original developers, Neversoft, and they’ve even consulted with some of the game’s original developers for this remake.
It’s Going to Stay True to the Originals
The double pack releasing on PS4, Xbox One and PC features both games, albeit remade for modern consoles and PCs. The remake will feature both games in their entirety with completely remade graphics, updated physics, a brand new soundtrack along with most of the original soundtrack. A total of three songs from the originals games won’t be included due to licensing reasons. It will also have online multiplayer, bringing back classic multiplayer game modes like H.O.R.S.E, Graffiti, and Tag.
The remakes will also feature modernised level editors where players can create and share their own skateparks, challenging other players to take on the unknown, for better or for worse. In addition, all of the pro skaters who featured in the first two games are returning in this remake, though they’ll appear at the age they are now. But, it won’t just be a bunch of geriatrics hobbling along on wheelyboards as there will also be a few new younger pro skaters, including Tony Hawk’s son, Riley Hawk.
It’s Very Well Priced
Surprisingly, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 is very fairly priced. The cost for the double pack remake is just $39.99, £39.99, or €43.86 in Europe. Yeah, that last one’s a bit weird, but the point is that you’re basically paying 20 for each game, which considering the amount of content and the quality, is a steal.
What’s more, there are no over-priced special editions, so everybody will be playing the same game on release without any paid-for extras, which is nice and uncommon these days.
Early Impressions Are Good
I’ve had an early play of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2, and I’m quietly optimistic about its potential. Granted, the slice I played was just that – a slice of a larger pie – but it showed promise. The graphics were great, the controls felt natural, and the skating felt familiar.
There is the possibility that the rest of the game is pure donkey sweat and Activision is hiding that until release day, but I don’t think that’s the case.
Next-Gen PS5 and Xbox Series X Versions?
This one is a maybe. The PS5 and Xbox Series X will feature backwards compatibility with this generation of games, so you should at least be able to play this remake on your next-gen console of choice when they release.
Neither Activision nor Vicarious Visions have mentioned next-gen versions of the game, but it’s a possibility, especially if Activision thinks it can earn a bit more cash doing so. Fingers crossed that if there is a next-gen version, players won’t have to pay for an upgrade, like Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War. Seriously, Activision is charging a tenner for its next-gen upgrades. Even EA is doing it for free. Better cross them toes, too.
When’s It Out and Where Can I But It?
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 releases on September 4th, 2020 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. If you want a physical disc copy, you can get one from any good retailer that carries video games, like Amazon (US) and Amazon (UK).
If you’re confident that the remake will be worth the money, you can roll the dice and get the digital edition, with pre-orders granting players access to an early demo featuring the Warehouse level from the first game.
Our Review is Coming Soon
Unfortunately, we’ve not had review code through from Activision, but I’ve personally pre-ordered this one myself. Not just because I’m a bit of a gambling man after my visit to Las Vegas, but because I’m a genuine fan of the series and I’m sure that it’ll be good. If not, well, I’ll riot. My face is covered all the time anyway, so why not?