Tony Hawk, now 52 years old, is the figurehead of skateboarding. His nickname is ‘The Birdman’ and he owes it to his amazing skills and tricks on the ramps and rails. His fame and popularity grew internationally thanks to the release of his skate games on the earlier generation of game consoles, PlayStation 1 and Xbox, in 1999 and 2000.
Modern skateboarding originated from a generation of skaters who grew up playing these games at the time and were influenced by the creativity of Tony Hawk. Easy said; what Michael Jordan is to basketball, Tony Hawk is to skating.
Trip down memory lane
As a bridge pager, I played this game on the Xbox and after school I couldn’t wait to turn on the game console and perform tricks as a top skater that I would never be able to realize in my entire (real) life. Everything about the game was already right then, you could digitally step into the toned body of Tony Hawk or create your own avatar and perfect it completely in terms of clothing and paint colors on your skateboard.
Very addictive because you wanted your ‘doll ‘ resemble yourself as much as possible. The soundtrack also plays a major role, while boarding it was wonderful to let off steam after long school days with the guitars of various punk bands in the background.
Gameplay & graphics
Within 2 minutes you have to perform all kinds of tricks on ramps and rails per map, and each map has its own checklist of goals that you must complete to unlock new maps. You play as Tony Hawk, many other legendary skaters or just your own designed character. The great thing is that you decide which goals you want to complete first, as a skater you enjoy total freedom in the game and that plays very well. Not a difficult storyline, no, just enjoy skating! The signature gameplay has not changed anywhere, just fine-tuned, faster and smoother. Even the keyboard shortcuts to make tricks are unchanged, it means ending up in a warm bath.
The game plays nicer thanks to the vastly improved graphics, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 feel brand new. Well-known and classic maps such as the Warehouse, Pool, Mall and Hangar look slick, every detail is pimped and screams to be skated. When a legendary game gets a remaster, everything you hope for in advance is restored.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 are one of the most popular and best-selling game titles of the turn of the century. It will not be such a momentum with these renewed versions, despite the fact that The Birdman again flies, jumps and slides as in his glory days. The game looks fantastic and has always played well. Achieving all skate goals per level is still highly addictive today and is a fun trip down memory lane for the skate fan of yesteryear.
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2 can be played on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.