Reviews - Updated on April 6, 2022

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater came out 20 years ago and showed that board simulations (whether skateboarding or snowboarding) can be both understandable and fun. Neversoft, Activision and Tony Hawk seized on the lucrative idea and released a game a year for a long time. In the mid-2000s, the series fell into disrepair, and THPS HD (2012 re-release) and the relatively recent Pro Skater 5 both deeply disappointed fans. Trust in the brand should return Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2. Activision shared a short “demo” with the press ahead of time, and here’s what I think of it.

Once upon a time in stock

The collection includes updated versions of the first and second parts. There are now more options in the creation of parks and athletes, some tricks have been renamed, challenges have been added, local multiplayer has been supplemented with online acrobatics, young blood has been injected into the list of available stars, the compositions in the soundtrack are the same plus or minus. Familiar extremals have grown old. However, it is unlikely that you will closely examine the wrinkles of Andrew Reynolds (Andrew Reynolds) and look for gray hair in Rodney Mullen’s hair (Rodney Mullen). Tony Hawk himself celebrated his 52nd birthday in May.

THPS 1 + 2 is being prepared by Vicarious Visions, who have been working on a similar set of Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy. The American studio included the Warehouse location in the demo. The modest warehouse is adorned with graffiti, traffic cones and crates scattered here and there, and plenty of daylight streaming through the windows. A puddle flaunts on the floor, however, Hawk is not reflected in it. It also sometimes falls through textures. The physics of objects is not debugged: some plausibly crumble into chips, while others fly off stupidly from a desperate skater.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 game preview

The demo features only Tony Hawk. You can’t change the outfit. In the full version, skins can be unlocked through challenges.

The THPS 1 + 2 retains simple controls. The main actions are fixed on the “geometric” buttons of the PS4 gamepad. These are ordinary jumps (“ollies”), jumps with a spinning skate (“flips”), balancing on hills (“lip” tricks) and tricks with holding the board in flight (“grabs”). Combine the above with the directions of the cross (it is more convenient to control with it than with a stick) – you will get different feints. More twists – more points. However, there is an important point: the more often you repeat the trick, the less points it gives.

In order to gain hundreds of thousands and millions of points, you need to master the art of combos and saturate the yellow scale, which allows you to perform special moves. Filling it is easy – just slide along the edge of the ramp and all sorts of railings. When falling, the strip is reset.

Tony Hawk is warming up.

“Demo”, I repeat, is surprisingly stingy with content. There is no training, no goals either – you know, write out pirouettes in the only Single Session mode within two-minute rides. You raise the level of the athlete and earn dollars, but neither one nor the other will be able to find a use. The development system involves pumping characteristics, unlocking slots for special tricks (the teams themselves can be changed), clothes and boards. Over time, your skater will learn to soar higher over the ramp, keep balance more accurately, hang in the air longer, and so on. In the demo version, alas, pumping is closed.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 game preview

Falls are accompanied by bruises, groans and groans.

Nevertheless, the message of Vicarious Visions is clear: fingers ache after the first hour in THPS 1 + 2. Although the controls are intuitive, you have to press the buttons often and with concentration. The sensations are both pleasant and painful. Therefore, it seems to me that THPS 1 + 2 should not be afraid of competition either with Skater XL and Session, which have collected a lot of positive reviews on Steam, or even more so with the next Skate, which Electronic Arts is in no hurry to show.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 is set to release on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 4th. The Warehouse demo serves as a pre-order gift.

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