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What is it? Remade, modern versions of the first two Tony Hawk games from 1999 and 2000.
Reviewed on: Windows 10 64-bit Home, Intel Core i7 10th Gen, 16GB RAM, NVidia GeForce RTX 2070.
Price: $40/£40
Release date: Out now
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Vicarious Visions
Multiplayer: Split screen, online score attack and leaderboards
Link: Official site

After the disastrous Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, trepidation over these remakes is understandable. After all, the latter of the two games offered in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 is one of the greatest games of all time. It starts so teasingly, with the right font, the right music and the right menu style. And then the final barrier between hoping and believing is literally smashed down as you careen through that first wall and into the iconic warehouse level. It looks great and it plays so well

THPS1 has been improved so much in terms of fluidity, visuals and its trick system, it’s more like an expansion pack for THPS3. Best of all, actual modernity is shunned entirely as you snap onto grind rails regardless of your approach angle and perform tricks with digital button combos instead of analogue stick waggling. The movement is rudimentary—some might say antiquated—but it still provides some of the finest risk vs reward play ever seen as you chain trick combos and grapple with balance meters at risk of losing everything with one mistake. Crucially, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 feels like the series did in its heyday, even if the games aren’t exactly the same as the originals.

(Image credit: Activision)

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