Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater will have a special place for many gamers who have now passed their thirties. In the late 90s, the game not only captured the hearts of skateboarding fans, but also many gamers who were not involved with the extreme sport at all until then. Neversoft’s game made Tony Hawk, Bob Bunrquist and Chad Muska celebrities, among others. Not only that, he ensured that the matching music movement was heard all over the world. In an era when songs from bands could not be heard everywhere, ‘THPS’ provided a unique opportunity in that area. In addition, the game was also one of the first titles to include such a full soundtrack, although the songs were often shortened to save space on the CD-ROM. Those interested in learning more about the role Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater played in the development of skateboarding and in the spread of punk rock in the late 1990s should read the documentary Pretending I’m a Superman: The Tony Hawk Video Game Story. see. In the meantime, we will continue here with the reason why this article is now published: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2, the remake that recently appeared for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
In 2020 it is absolutely no longer striking when an old, successful game is released again in a new guise. Old fans have good memories of it and can relive those memories in part, while a younger group of gamers gets a great chance to play an old classic, in a less old-fashioned way. Only: Activision has already tried that with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2. In 2012 Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD already appeared. That game had also been given a polished look, but used the same source material and the same soundtrack. A recipe, you would say, especially if you have already peeked towards the final mark of this new ‘THPS’. Yet things turned out differently in 2012. The game brought too little news in various ways. Logical, because it is a remake, right? Well, yes and no. The levels and challenges may be known, but it is the intention that ‘HD’ really adds something and the controls must be good. The 2012 game failed on both counts. The cleaning work was evident, but made a step too small, and the steering just didn’t feel quite as it had ever felt before.
That was bad news then, but good news now. The feeling that there was room for a remake had not disappeared with the game from 2012. Activision hooked up Vicarious Visions for another attempt. You probably don’t know that studio, but it’s older than Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater himself. The Albany, New York-based studio is not necessarily a top developer. The company mainly made a name for itself by making all kinds of ports for various Nintendo platforms, and the last decade Vicarious Visions has mainly been busy with the Skylanders franchise. That may not immediately sound like a logical match, but the result is impressive. Now the quality of the game is separate from it, but the hype that started after the announcement of the game will not harm Activision and Vicarious Visions either. A handy trailer showed levels in their old form and let them transition (almost) seamlessly into how they look in this new game. That of course gives a nice effect. Also, the famous skaters in the game were never more beautiful and clearly recognizable than in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2. In advance, the game seemed able to keep its promise and be a truly modern version of the time-honored classic.