Tony’s back baby!
When Activision announced that there was going to be an HD remaster of the original Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 and 2 games all in one, I was excited! These were two of my favorite games when they were first out, and even though I played them on the Nintendo 64 (typically regarded as one of the worse versions of 1 and 2) I was excited to relive the nostalgia.
What made my excitement grow even more was when the Completionist played the original Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 on his channel, so immediately sought out a Playstation 2, and copies of both games to tide me over until the release.
Once I had my copy for the PS4 in my hands I couldn’t WAIT to get home and play it, much like how I felt when I bought a game or rented the game in my childhood. I was experiencing nostalgia and excitement for a game like I hadn’t felt in years.
And the game did not disappoint.
Right off the bat the title screen shows the game logo while playing “Superman” over a video of a girl skateboarding “Downtown” (Minneapolis). This game knew who it’s target market is, and that is the 20-40somethings that played the hell out of the original games.
I do credit the original Tony Hawk games for introducing me to loads of new music I had never heard, making me want to search out musicians I might not have ever heard of otherwise. This new game does the same, featuring some of the old favorites you will recognize from the original two games as well as new contemporary musicians you may or may not have ever heard before!
All the levels from both games are present, (called “parks” in this game:) from Warehouse – Roswell in THPS1 and Hangar to Bullring in THPS2 (plus some new secret parks) in glorious High Definition graphics.
It is neat to see how the updated versions of the parks have changed in detail while still having the same flavor as the original. It’s different, but the same. New textures add to the appeal of but you still feel like you’re playing the same level or park you did on the original versions of the games.
The Tony Hawk 1 parks all have an added “Sick Score” as well as a new objective that wasn’t in the original game, typically a collectible that floats around the park, such as Hydrants in “Warehouse.”
Some of the parks and objectives have been updated to be more in line with the real world equivalent in 2020, such as the Mall now being completely abandoned and overtaken with wild grass in the fountain area, or the subway tokens in “New York” being updated to cards or Venice California being COVERED in graffiti on almost every wall.
Speaking of graffiti, there are new Multiplayer games to play, starting with the old classic “Couch Co-op” where you can have two skaters compete in traditional score attack, plus the added “Combo Mambo” where you shoot to have the highest total Combo Score, and “Graffiti” where you do tricks to “paint” skateable areas such as quarterpipes and rails (competing to have the top amount painted in your color by the end of the timer).
On top of that you can make and upload your own personal park in “Create A Park” mode, where you’re given a flat piece of land to make your own personal skate-topia. Once you’ve made the perfect park, you can upload it for the world to see and skate! Or take a look at some of the other crazy ideas others have come up with!
Once you complete the Park objectives (Scores, collectibles, do the thing specific to the park) there are Challenges for each professional skateboarder as well as your Created Skater, as well as maxing points, making a park AND trophies to unlock. So finishing the game doesn’t mean you’re done. If you’re a completionist or a trophy hunter there’s still more to do!
Overall I liked Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2 for what it was: a remaster of the original two games with updates to make it feel more current. Whether that be the graphics, the gameplay (adding online multiplayer and parks) or just being two games on one disc.
The game felt like it was the perfect bit of nostalgia for the people that played the originals while also making it modern for new players to get into. I’ve really enjoyed the game and it never really felt like a chore to finish. All the original goals were still the same and I personally didn’t have to look much up online because I was somehow able to remember where everything was, so nothing felt out of place.