Skate down memory lane
I TAKE my cap off to world famous pro skater Tony Hawk.
His move into video games at the turn of the century resulted in a revolutionary new gaming genre that was met with critical praise.
The last few annual updates, however, have proven there is only so much you can do before you run fresh out of ideas. It comes as no real surprise, then, to find that this latest release is a throwback to the golden days of the series.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is the first downloadable instalment of the series and aims to meld the best bits of the original two games into one shiny new package.
The single- player mode remains largely unchanged. Players select one of the available skaters, choose a level, complete the objectives, and use the cash earnings to upgrade their skater’s skills, decks, and bag of tricks.
The seven included levels offer a mix of the most popular parks from the first two Tony Hawk games, including the Hanger, Warehouse, and School 2.
It was nostalgic replaying these first two games in the series after so long. Initially, the controls felt awkward, and I missed the fluidity found in the later games.
After some time, though, these original controls proved more satisfying, requiring a level of planning and precision that aren’t required in the later games.
While the number of parks is lacklustre, additional areas, new skaters, and the revert manoeuvre have been confirmed as optional downloads in the coming months, for a small fee of course.
Notable big- name skaters are missing from the roster, the music differs from the original, and the park editing mode is gone.
Still, if you’re too young to remember the original, or just want to take a bone- crunching skate down memory lane, this will be Microsoft Points well spent.