Kick out the jams with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2

Pro-Skater

Activision

If you want to understand why Activision arranged for the remaster of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, released in 1999, and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, released in 2000, all you need to do is play them.

The concept of a skateboarding game seems simple—ride a skateboard in myriad environments, perform tricks. The fact that so few good skateboarding games exist tells you everything, though. 

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2, re-created with high-definition graphics by Vicarious Visions (the originals were developed by Neversoft), maintains the controls that made the games so popular, which make it fun to pick up and play and with enough flexibility to chain together endless combos. 

With THPS1+2, everyone is a skater. 

The original pro skaters included in the first games are back, but at their real ages. They are joined by new pros, including Tony’s son, Riley Hawk. But you can also create your own skater if you want, and you can create your own skate parks, too. 

Available on PS4, Windows, Xbox One, there are eight different multiplayer modes. You can also skate with a friend in local split-screen. And the HD graphics make everything sing. 

Topping off the experience is the soundtrack. It includes the original tracks and 37 new ones ranging from the rap and punk of the original games (the likes of Dead Kennedys, Primus, Public Enemy, and Rage Against the Machine) to modern-day bands like JunkBunny, Screaming Females, and Spilt Milk.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 proves that the old stuff is the best stuff, and there’s life yet left in the old guard. 

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