Preview 2020: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 brings endless combos back

Preview 2020: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 brings endless combos back

I love the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series and spent countless hours on the virtual skateboard in my youth. With the remaster "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2" a little dream comes true for me in autumn: Finally a good "Tony Hawk" game!

I remember as if it was yesterday: I happened to get the demo of "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2". I didn't really have much to do with skating, but after a few minutes with the demo I became a skateboarding disciple. The demo had only one level, the Skatepark Marseille, but I played that up and down. When at some point I was tired of the same course, I bought "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater" and "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2". And even a real skateboard.

It's awesome because it's unrealistic

I spent countless hours chasing high scores in the "Tony Hawk" games, searching for secrets or just chilling through the levels and enjoying the ingenious soundtrack. I found the arcade feeling that comes from the endless chain of tricks particularly cool. With every attempt you can discover new routes in the levels, on which you combine grinds, flips, manuals and other tricks in the halfpipe to form endless combos and drive up the highscore. It doesn't have a lot to do with realism, but it makes you incredibly happy.

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Finally outwit gravity!

Another reason why I celebrated the "Tony Hawk" games back then was probably that I could do the tricks in the games that I couldn't do in real life. I was able to skate quite well after a little practice, but the tricks weren't enough for more than ollies and occasionally a kick flip – after all.

Unfortunately, the "Tony Hawk" games after "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3" got worse in my opinion – with the exception of "Tony Hawk's Underground". Therefore I hope that the series with "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2" will regain its former glory and that Activision may add a brand new part after the remaster.

Please polish up the graphics a bit and just leave the rest!

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"Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2" only needs a small facelift, the rest is perfect.

The first games from the "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater" series were almost perfect for me. There were varied levels, a huge selection of skaters, an ingenious soundtrack, precise controls and the optics were also quite decent. That's why my wish list for "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2" turns out briefly: polish up a bit of graphics and optimize the controls even more – that's it.

My favorite skaters, levels and songs from "THPS 1 & 2"

Skater: 1st Rodney Mullen, 2nd Tony Hawk, 3rd Chad Muska

Level : 1. School II (THPS 2), 2. Downtown (THPS), 3. Hangar (THPS 2)

Songs : 1. "Superman" – Goldfinger (THPS), 2. "No Cigar" – Millencollin (THPS 2), 3. "B-Boy Document 99" – The High and Mighty (THPS 2)

I wouldn't complain about a few new songs and levels, of course, but that's not a must. The soundtrack mix of rock, punk and hip-hop was perfect for skateboarding then as now. And since "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2" contains all levels from the first two games, the game should offer enough variety even without new locations and skate parks.

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Back on the slopes with the skate pensioners

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Tony really isn't the youngest anymore, but you're never too old to skate.

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I'm really excited to see what the new generation of skaters, to which Aori Nishimura belongs, can do.

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One innovation that I am already celebrating with the "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2" remake is that the developers have let the skaters age. Instead of simply polishing up the original models for the Remasters, the skaters were scanned again at their current age for the game . I'm really looking forward to doing daring tricks in the half pipe with the skate pensioners!

Will Tony Hawk still do the trick "900" (two and a half turns of the body in the air) at the age of 52 in reality? In the game with absolute security! And until I can finally skate with the legends myself, I now watch the unlockable trick video with Rodney Mullen from "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3". The madness!

Release

"Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2" will be released on September 4th for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

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