Skate down mem­ory lane

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Tech - MIKE WIL­COX mike@ hy­per­ac­tiveg­ames. com

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.

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