As soon as I hear the horribly happy tones of Goldfinger’s Superman I know I’m playing a Tony Hawks game. I spent a lot of time playing Tony Hawks 1 and 2 in my teenage years. When I heard there was going to be an HD version my heart raced and my head told me to try not be too disappointed. Everything told me this was probably a bad idea, Tony Hawks had its time and that was clearly gone with the last few disappointing entries into the Tony Hawks series.
Skateboarding wasn’t as popular as it once used to be and I really didn’t see a place for it… oh boy I was wrong.
As it turns out, skateboarding is indeed still popular, I’ve just become unattached to it. It also turns out that the world is in desperate need of a call back to the Tony Hawks of old, a game that was so highly addictive I think me and my best friend Davie played it even more than WWF Smackdown.
The new HD upgrade is actually a mash-up of THPS 1 and 2, it takes the best levels from those games and gives it to us here in a shiny new update.
When I first put the game on there’s a great big boom of music, but there is no skateboard wheels and a Neversoft logo (wonder what happened there). The main screen gives me the choice of single player, leaderboards, access to the Playstation network and options.
clicking onto single player opens up 10 selectable skaters (Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins Pastrana, Eric Koston, Andrew Reynolds, Nyjah Huston, Chris Cole, Riley Hawk, Jake Harrison and Emily Westlund) and also the classic skate shop where you can change your skateboard and add skills.
After clicking on a character you get a list of levels, depending on how much of the game you have played some could be locked forcing you to play other levels to open them up. You also get the choice of Career mode, Free skate or Single session.
This was a slight disappointment, I was looking forward to old games like horse to feature but you can’t have everything.
If you have played THPS before it will all feel very familiar, I remembered button combos almost instantly. The first thing to hit you is a feeling of familiarity, but suddenly it becomes apparent how good this game looks. I swear this could have been brand new. The physics are fun and there’s no more ridiculous vert jumps, there are so many tricks you can get in so gone are the day of crazy scores because of the game registering everything you done on the controller and not what appeared on-screen.
The skating is fun and the levels are mostly the same but possibly tweaked slightly. The secret tapes have been swapped for secret DVD’s and the skaters all look their age. I found that I prefer using the D-pad instead of the analogue controller, don’t ask why.
I suggest at the silly low price of £11.99 on the Playstation store that you can’t go wrong with this game, if you have played before you will enjoy the nostalgia, if not then it’s a great new experience.
4 out of 5 nerds