Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2
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"Old dog learns some new tricks."
Review in Finnish | Read full review
For those like me whose teenage years were spent returning to Tony Hawk 1 and 2 repeatedly, it was a genuine thrill to come back to both. Odd as it sounds, I found myself choked up hearing the familiar music and remembering skating on these stages in their original, far more pixelated forms. For new players, however, the experience will be equally as special, and in 20 years they’ll likely be just as enthralled to slip back onto a skateboard for another go as I was.
To this day I still love venturing back and playing the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 games. Almost a year ago now I was fortunate enough to get to review the amazing remaster of the first two games on the PS4 which can be found here. I’ve also since upgraded this version to the PS5 ultimate eye-candy edition. Hubba hubba.
Overall, the game itself plays very much like before. But with the added extras and better visuals the package as a whole is fantastic value for gamers who have never tried a Tony Hawk game before and will be very appealing to those old school players who want to step back in with their on-the-go handheld.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 remains a masterpiece of a remake. The spirit of the first two games is kept alive here, while the presentation puts it at the higher echelon of remakes that have been released thus far. If you never owned the PS4 iteration, then the PS5 version is the perfect way to jump in. If you have a 4K set or a screen with high refresh rates, then the upgrade might also be worth it - more so than the additions of the controller triggers and vibration. If you're going physical on this one, be on the lookout for the Deluxe Edition, as the PS5-only disc is the same price minus the extra cosmetics.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 is the remake of one (or two) complete experiences from past generations of video games, refining what had already worked very well and adding new modes that make the experience much more pleasurable and less tiring. Its controls are nimble; its maneuvers, diverse; and its rewards are fair. For those who can endure a bit the performance problems, somethin so important in fast-paced action games like this, Switch is an excellent choice, giving the opportunity to carry the world's skaters in your backpack.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
This is a superb port of one of the finest arcade sports experiences of them all, and instantly becomes an essential purchase for Switch owners.
Overall Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 is an excellent experience no matter what system it is played on. The Nintendo Switch version of the game is a little different, with a few limitations on what the game is able to achieve thanks to the hardware, but it remains enjoyable throughout. The Switch port of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 is ideal for the who wants to play in handheld mode on the Switch, but those who will be mostly playing from their couch on a television will want to pick up a different version if possible.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 is an impressive Switch port that make graphical cuts in just the right places. Those cuts ensure a smooth and consistent gameplay experience that sets a new standard for Tony Hawk games on the go.
You might not be able to see every hair follicle on Chad Muska's head, but you'll be able to do the Muska Nose Manual and land a sick combo without any issue. That's what is important in a Tony Hawk game. Whether this game is seen as the next great portable skateboarding game or a less visually pretty home console game, the most cogent point is that it plays incredibly and with so much to do across both of the remade games, this is one of the best skateboarding games ever made.