The original Tony Hawk Pro Skater and its sequel were touchstones of the Y2K era. Alongside pop-culture hits like Jackass and CKY, the games precipitated a huge spike in the popularity of skateboarding in the United States, and spawned more than a dozen follow-up titles bearing Tony Hawk’s name.
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True to the original but with a nice 2020’s sheen, the details in the levels and on the skater models themselves is surprisingly good. The new title has modernized Create-A-Skater and Create-A-Park modes, HD graphics, and all of the levels, moves and pro skaters from the original games. That includes Tony Hawk, Bucky Lasek, Steve Caballero, Geoff Rowley,
Andrew Reynolds, Elissa Steamer, Chad Muska, Eric Koston, Rodney Mullen, Rune Glifberg, Kareem Campbell, Jamie Thomas and Bob Burnquist. There’s also local and online multiplayer, plus new challenges, goals and secrets. Honestly, the only things missing are a few songs off of the iconic soundtrack.
“It’s all new, it’s all fresh,” Vicarious Visions COO Simon Ebejer told Engadget. “The animation system, the sound effects, it’s all brand new.”
Create-A-Park might benefit the most from these contemporary upgrades. Not only will players be able to share their creations online and skate in parks made by people around the globe, but the level editor in Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 and 2 feels like a modern, robust toolset, according to Ebejer.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 brings both games back to life, in full, and adds modern conveniences on top. “Something that I’m really excited about [is] just making sure that this game’s footprint on pop culture just continues to have a huge impact,” Ebejer said.
Vicarious Visions and its parent company, Activision, have a plan to put Pro Skater back on the pop culture radar, and it involves another icon of the early 2000s — Jack Black. The gameplay premiere of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 is available now on Black’s YouTube channel, JablinskiGames, starring Mark Mothersbaugh from Devo and Tony Hawk himself.