Tony Hawk is back and with a bang! Fans have been waiting for years for a remaster of Pro Skater 1 & 2; now it’s here in one game – and I am so keen!
I’ve spent hours upon hours grinding, flipping and 180-ing my way through all of Tony Hawk Pro Skater’s classic maps. (But, alas, I still can’t get past School, because I’m just awful.) Nonetheless, that doesn’t make this game any less enjoyable – the music, the tricks, the areas all make a comeback and will have you looking through nostalgia goggles the whole time. They’ve somehow managed to make perfection even better than I remember.
THPS 1 + 2’s excellent soundtracks make their return to jog your memory in the new game, along with 32 new tracks that fit the games’ atmosphere so so well. Billy Talent, Machine Gun Kelly and Skepta are just some of the artists you’ll find to serenade you as you compete for the high score or biggest combos!
The areas available to you both feel like home; they’re nostalgic yet new and exciting. You go in knowing and remembering where to do that kickflip or that manual. But in the remastered versions there’s just so much more added detail and new textures, added so tastefully as not to detract from the gameplay you know and love.
Tony Hawk’s customisation is also just as insane! If you can think of it you can make it – change all your tattoos, hairstyle, hair colour, clothes, wheels, trucks and everything else on your board. Create A Park also makes a return, even more chock full of features than before. Every ramp, table, rail and pipe under the sun is there for you to command and mold your creation with.
If the name Tony Hawk revives memories of after school skate sessions, playing video games on weekends or staying up late on school nights, these are the games for you. It is a very faithful remaster keeping with tradition, inspiring and celebrating all skaters around the world.
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2 is available now to play on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. I played it on the Xbox One X I have as part of my Xbox All Access package from Telstra.
(Note, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2 is not part of the games library available through Xbox All Access and is a separate purchase.)