Earlier this year, Rodney Mullen, one of the most influential skaters in history, told me that “the Tony Hawk games captured the essence of skating in a way that is pure and that stands the test of time. ” The best proof of that is how much fun I’ve had playing them all over again.
The Tony Hawk series has never been a pure simulation of skateboarding, but it’s also not a full-on arcade experience either.
There’s a lot going on — including online multiplayer (which I haven’t had a chance to check out) and a create-a-park mode (which I don’t have the imagination for) — but it’s all linked.
What makes this all work is it’s completely seamless; the progress in each game and mode pools together as you level up your profile and earn money to get new gear.
Games tend to age poorly — whether it’s the graphics, controls, or subject matter — and so they’re regularly rereleased in an attempt to update them for modern tastes.
If the awkward title wasn’t clear, THPS1+2 is essentially a remake of the original two Tony Hawk games.
There’s also a “ranked and free skate” mode where you can play through any level — even if you haven’t unlocked it yet — either to rank up on the online leaderboards or just to mess around with no time limit.
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