On September 4th, the remaster of the legendary skateboarding games Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 will be released for PlayStation 4. The developers have now published the new launch trailer. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater has never looked so beautiful!
Do you know that? You remember an old game that you always played in the past … then after years, technology advances, so do visual expectations. What used to be top-notch, state of the art, and simply cool looks lumpy and just ugly today. While the pixelated 2D representatives were hit less hard – some of them still look great today – it is precisely the early 3D games that are barely playable today.
Just Like Before, Just Beautiful
But actually it would be great if you could still experience some titles in the same way as they were back then, with the same fascination. One of those titles that many gamers have grown up with is Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.
The first part back then as Tony Hawk’s Skateboarding (THSB) came out in 1999 for the PlayStation 1. The great success ensured that developer Neversoft released the successor Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 just one year later.
The series adorns itself with a true skate legend. The eponymous, now 52-year-old Tony Hawk (actually: Anthony Frank “Tony” Hawk) coined the Vert style (in the ramp) and he is one of the most popular skaters.
As you should quickly see, the developers did not reach for the stars without justification. As was the case with its 900 ramp jump (2.5 revolutions), the series also took off powerfully. The company not only benefited from the good name, but also from the collaboration with Tony Hawk himself.
Publisher Activision acquired the license but was also able to convince the professional skater to participate directly in the project. The end result culminated in a game series with almost 20 games.
Tony Hawk – From Old to New
With the remaster of the first two titles, a journey through time could really succeed. Players have the opportunity to get the old feel of the game again but using the latest technology and with a great look. The old feel with all important elements, levels, game modes, etc. should be included in the new version. A large part of the old songs could also be licensed again – this has always shaped the series. But there will also be a bunch of new tracks. There is also an online mode.
There is also a large roster of skaters available, alongside legends such as Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero, and Rodney Mullen, there is also a slew of new characters. Activision is working on the title with developer Vicarious Visions, who worked on the series after Neversoft (we deliberately leave out the short escapade with Robomodo, as the games never really convinced the fans).
Incidentally, the new implementation is actually not a remake in which the game is created from scratch. The developers are probably based on the old code in order to create the most authentic gaming experience possible. Since the other current skateboard title Skater XL has not yet been able to assert itself 100%, one can only hope that the team of publisher and developer will present a worthy title here. We are already looking forward to the new/old THPS part just because of the nostalgia.
In the warehouse demo, you can already play the title on one of the legendary stages.
If you are already convinced, you can also pre-order the game. Either standard or in the Digital Deluxe Edition. In the latter, there is also a bunch of retro skins (boards, clothes, shoes, and gear).