The Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater Franchise dominated the early 2000’s but had a rough and admittedly embarrassing history in the past twelve or so years. Games like Tony Hawk: Ride, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 all tarnished the brand’s name with bad controls, technical issues, and uninspired design.
Thankfully, all this negativity can be left in the past, since Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 recaptures the series’ past glory and updates it for modern times. For anybody excited or maybe on the fence about purchasing, here are ten things to know about the game before playing it.
10 Plays Like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4
Even though it is a remake of the first two games, the gameplay is most reminiscent of the fourth numbered entry. Reverts from Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3, Spine Transfers from the fourth game, and Acid Drops and Wallplants from Tony Hawk’s Underground make their way into this new title.
Playing these levels with the mechanics from older games creates whole new possibilities for combos.
9 Split-Screen Multiplayer
In the old days, friends would gather around the television and settle rivalries with some Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. Thankfully, this feature has returned.
Despite multiplayer’s changing focus from local action to online competitive play, developer Vicarious Visions kept spit-screen in the remake. Like the old games, it caps out at just two people. For anybody wanting some four-player split-screen action, they’ll have to play Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2X for the original Xbox.
8 It Is Only Forty Dollars
The typical price for a new game is sixty dollars. Even from the ground up, remakes similar to the new Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater entry tend to be full-priced games occasionally.
It is good to hear, then, that reliving one’s glory days will only set them back forty bucks. Don’t let the price fool you into thinking this is not a full package, however; both games and the online suite will provide endless hours of skateboarding goodness.
7 No Horse Online
One of the most popular game modes in the franchise is Horse, where one player sets a score with a combo and a competitor must do a bigger combo until someone bails or lands a smaller combo. The one who fails to beat the opponent’s score earns a letter and the process is repeated until someone earns the word Horse and loses.
While this feature is available locally, it is completely removed in online play. One cannot even create a private lobby to play it with a friend.
6 More Secrets And Goals Than The Originals
The career mode will feel familiar to those who played the first two games. In the menu, players pick which game they want to go through. In addition to the traditional goals and stat points, players also have numerous secrets to find in each level.
A single Vicarious Visions logo is hidden in every stage in addition to an alien plushie. Some are particularly well hidden, making them difficult to find without a guide.
5 Some Of The Trophies Are Incredibly Difficult
Getting the platinum trophy will not be easy. One particular trophy tasks the player with netting a ten million point score in a run. While it is written that it must be on a classic map, apparently the trophy can be obtained on created parks from the community.
If this is true and not eventually patched out, it should make earning this more manageable as people make parks designed for easily nabbing this objective.
4 Those Who Were Good At The Old Games Will Be Good At This One
With each subsequent entry from the original on the PlayStation up until Tony Hawk’s Project 8, the gameplay was continually refined and perfected.
Fortunately, those who developed their skills over the years in the old games will not be starting from square one when jumping into the new game. Anybody who could rack up million point combos without breaking a sweat will be able to, just as easily, to do the same in the new game within a minute of picking up the controller.
3 Some Challenges Will Take A While
In addition to the traditional career mode, the player can spend their time knocking out a whole slew of challenges involving every aspect of the gameplay. Most are quite simple and will be obtained without effort just from skating in single-player or online.
However, a few require some serious playtime to reach. One of them, for example, tasks the player with doing one hundred thousand flatland tricks.
2 Anybody Half Decent Can Rock Online Play
The game only just came out, so people are still getting their bearings, but as of now, anybody who can easily rack up combos of a million points or more will find themselves winning about ninety percent of the time.
Hopefully, lower level players stick with it and the developer keeps supporting the multiplayer so a healthy online community thrives. If only experts stick around, any newcomers, later on, will immediately be turned off from the online competitive offerings.
1 No Microtransactions
Certain publishers have a reputation for including unnecessary and obtrusive microtransactions in their products. With Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2’s forty dollar price tag, many worried that the title would make up for the low price by including loot boxes or other purchasable products.
As of now, no such feature is included. Things can always change, but hopefully, they will keep microtransactions out of the equation.