One of the most iconic ski games is graphically dusted and polished and thus ready for the current generation of game consoles. Tony Hawks Pro Skater parts 1 and 2, 20 years after their original release, have been completely remastered, bundled and re-released on Friday. But do the games of the famous American skatevedette still fit in the current zeitgeist?
Tony Hawk, now 52 years old, is the figurehead of skateboarding. His nickname is The Birdman and he owes it to his amazing skills and tricks on the ramps and rails. His international fame and popularity grew enormously thanks to the release of his skateboard games on the previous generation of game consoles, PlayStation 1 and Xbox, in 1999 and 2000.
Modern skateboarding originated from a generation of skaters who grew up playing these games in those days and were influenced by the creativity of Tony Hawk. Simply put; what Michael Jordan is for basketball, Tony Hawk is for skating.
Trip down memory lane
As a bridge pager I played this game on the Xbox and after school I couldnt wait to turn on the game computer and, as a top skater, pull tricks that I could never do all my (real) life. Everything was right for the game then, you could either digitally step into Tony Hawks trained body or create your own avatar and perfect it in terms of clothing and paint colours on your skateboard.
Very addictive because you wanted your doll to look as much like yourself as possible. The soundtrack also plays a big role, while boarding it was great to let off steam after long school days with the guitars of various punk bands in the background.
Gameplay & graphics
Within 2 minutes you have to do all kinds of tricks on ramps and the tracks, and each folder has its own checklist of goals you have to accomplish to unlock new maps. You play as Tony Hawk, many other legendary skaters or just your own designed character. The great thing is that you decide which goals you want to complete first, as a skater you enjoy total freedom in the game and thats a great game to play. No difficult storyline, no, just great skating! The characteristic gameplay hasnt changed at all, only refined, faster and smoother. Even the key combinations to make tricks are unchanged, it has ended up in a warm bath.
That the game plays better is thanks to the enormously improved graphics, Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1 and 2 feel brand new. Well-known and classic maps like the Warehouse, Pool, Mall and Hangar look slick, every detail is pimped and screams to be skated on. If a legendary game gets a remaster, then everything you hope for in advance has been restored.
Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1 and 2 are one of the most popular and best-selling game titles of the beginning of this century. It will not go as fast with these revamped versions even though The Birdman once again flies, jumps and glides as in his glory days. The game looks fantastic and has always been fun to play. Today it is still extremely addictive to achieve all skate goals per level and it is a fun trip down memory lane for the skate fan of yesteryear.
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2 can be played on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One .