Review – Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 is a steal.

by Nathan Dutil

Marcelo Jabulas | @mjabulas – It’s been a while since I played Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. The skateboard franchise that originated on PS1 has had six editions and ended in 2015. Now Activision is saving the series with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2, which re-releases the 1999 and 2000 titles. Turns 21. And believe me, the game is as addicting as it was two decades ago.

It places the player in old locations, which generates a kind of muscle memory. Fingers automatically search for buttons to perform ollies, flips, grabs, and other combinations that were among the kids who loved to scribble sk8 on their school desks and make fun of their Vans sneakers and cargo pants. At least it was like that in the 90s.

But getting back to the game, the new THPS is a treat. It allows you to create your character, with the right face types, gender, skin color, hairstyles, tattoos, caps, hats, sneakers of different brands, shirts and shorts. It is a way of reproducing in the game.

An important consideration for anyone venturing into the game is the need to complete the tutorial. Everyone knows these lessons are extremely tedious, but at Tony Hawk they are essential. This is because each button on the joystick has a function. And when you’re competing, it’s the right combination at the right time that will ensure correct maneuvers and good scores. Without the tutorial, the game turns into an endless sequence of falls.

Challenges

As in the original games, the player must complete the objectives to unlock new tracks. Classic tasks such as collecting letters S, K, A, T, E, as well as dropping boxes, performing specific maneuvers, finding hidden objects and achieving high score levels are all on the task list.

But the great fun of the game is in online arguments or when you are two-player, with the split screen. The game offers a large list of clues, some very close to the real thing like schoolyards and squares, as well as arcs and vertical clues. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 also offers different types of contests, by points, by type of tricks, as well as time limits ranging from 1 to 10 minutes.

Brazilians

Like the original game from 1999, the re-release of THPS features a roster of Brazilian athletes, which includes world champion Bob Burnquist, as well as Letícia Bufoni from São Paulo. The roster still includes European and Japanese skaters, but it’s predominantly American, including Tony’s son Riley Hawk.

Everyone has different skill levels. The game also allows the player to enhance their character with attributes, as well as styles such as street, vertical, and ramp. With the achievements, points are distributed which can be spent on the most diverse skills.

graphics and physics

The first game in the series attracted attention for the realistic style of the storylines. Even with elements that would not normally be arranged in an urban setting, he never applied whimsical elements. What changes is that now everything is in high definition.

The scenarios have been redesigned and the details of the skaters, as well as clothing and even their skateboards are impressive. But let’s be honest, a lot of that refinement goes virtually unnoticed during play, as the focus is on the maneuvers.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 with PC, PS4 and Xbox One versions

Physics challenges Isaac Newton. But don’t see this as a demerit, but as a gameplay feature. To begin with, the player does not need to row to gain speed. To gain momentum, all you need to do is perform maneuvers that fill your adrenaline bar. But beware, a tumble immediately depletes the bar.

Another subversion of Newton’s Laws is the fact that the skateboard effortlessly climbs slopes, glides smoothly over grass, dirt, and even walks on water. Better than Marty McFly with his hoverboard floating in Back to the Future II.

Again, this is a feature that helps the player to keep their focus on maneuvers and not gain momentum. Also, you have to understand that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 is not a realistic simulator, and it couldn’t be. Anyone who wants realism can get on a skateboard.

Track

Anyone who is a fan of skateboarding knows that in any argument or roll, there is always a sound. Hardcore, metal, punk, rap and mixing are part of it. In Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2, the roster is extensive and includes Confiscation of Charlie Brown Jr., as well as tracks from bands like Anthrax, Dead Kennedys, Rage Against the Machine, Sublime, and Suicidal Tendence.

track editor

The game also lets you create your own tracks, complete with ramps, handrails, canals, half-pipes, and a series of obstacles such as chairs, tables, trees, bushes, and dumps. And with the money the player accumulates by winning challenges, it is always possible to acquire new items like loops and other structures.

The tracks can be shared over the network. They are becoming as popular as the gamers. In fact, the player’s performance is categorized by track or type of challenge.

last word

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 is a great choice. It’s a game you can play on your own, with friends, or online. There are countless challenges that cause players to engage in the game and literally lose track of time.

And the best part: it’s a small game, which requires less than 10 GB of storage. In other words, in addition to not taking up space, its download is very fast. With the versions for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, its suggested price is R $ 200 in the basic version and R $ 230 in the deluxe edition.

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