Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 Preview

I recently wrote a piece on my thoughts of the Warehouse demo. This was a gift to those who pre-ordered Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2. Today I will be previewing a little more about the full game which releases September 4th.

For those not familiar with the upcoming release, this game will feature HD remasters of the first two Tony Hawk Pro Skater games. The series has a long and somewhat troubled recent history. Can it redeem itself with this HD remaster of two of the best games in the series?

So This Is Your First Time…

If you haven’t played any of the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games before, you are in for a treat! You don’t have to care about skateboarding one iota. The game centers around two-minute skate sessions at various locales. You can pick any pro skater you wish and go against the clock to complete objectives.

There will be new skater-specific objectives along with some new moves to. The game features the original 13-skater roster and adds eight new skaters from the current generation:

Original RosterNew Roster
Tony HawkNyjah Huston
Jamie ThomasLeticia Bufoni
Andrew ReynoldsLizzie Armanto
Kareem CampbellAori Nishimura
Elissa SteamerShane O’Neill
Bob BurnquistLeo Baker
Bucky LasekRiley Hawk
Rune GlifbergTyshawn Jones
Geoff Rowley
Chad Muska
Rodney Mullen
Steve Caballero
Eric Koston

Outside of skaters, you have over 50 songs to jam to while you are completing the levels. Many of the original songs are back as well as some new ones. It’s a lot of punk rock and hip-hop from some familiar and some not-so-familiar groups.

Every level has it’s own unique challenges to complete, but there are several repeats throughout such as high score challenges. Each level has a unique backdrop or theme to let you prove your skill on. True mastery of a level comes when you find that perfect combo stretch.

Finding secrets in each level has always been a big part of the Tony Hawk series. In one of the early games you can find an alien at Area 51. In a developer interview at Gamescom, it was alluded to that there will be some new secrets to find as well!

Evolution Through The Years

Every Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater game added new features to make the series better along the way. The original two games being remastered did not have all the abilities their modern counterparts flourished on. A few big ones which have been added to the 1 + 2 remaster are manuals, reverts, and lip tricks. Reverts (switching direction of your board as you descend a ramp) and manuals (balancing on the nose of your board while skating) are crucial to linking moves together and raising your score.

One monster addition will be online play. While the later games in the series had online, the PS1 generation simply wasn’t capable. Play against your buddies or random skaters online but get ready for the trash talk!

Create-A-Skater and Create-A-Park are also a few features which look to improve from the predecessors. These were fairly basic and did not have much depth in the original games. But expanded park tools will allow players to create the park of their dreams!

Can The Series Redeem Itself?

While the original four THPS games and Tony Hawk’s Underground were solid, the series went downhill shortly thereafter. The games starting with Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 tried to do too much with the story and added features that quite frankly weren’t enjoyable. The series had an attempted revival with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, but it was almost unplayable.

That said, I am putting all my eggs in the basket of this game is going to be fantastic! If the demo holds true to the rest of the game, players will be in for a real treat.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 launches on September 4th and has two different options for pre-order:

Digital Edition:

  • $39.99 USD available on the Xbox Store
  • Pre-Order Bonus: Warehouse Demo available immediately

Digital Deluxe Edition:

  • $49.99 USD available on the Xbox Store
  • Pre-Order Bonus: Includes Warehouse Demo, ‘The Ripper’ character from Powell-Peralta®, unique retro 80s-era outfits, and unique retro content for the Create-A-Skater mode

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