Tony Hawk is one of those chains that enjoyed mass popularity and critical acclaim until it gradually disappeared. Activision's last attempt at re-branding the façade in Season 5 in 2015 did not live up to the expectations of the players, and it seemed that the series was for good. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 is another attempt at reviving the name, this time as a premiere of the first two parts in the series developed by Vicarious Visions, who previously worked on Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, so will the attempt succeed this time?
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 offers an experience that brings together the stages of the first two parts of the series, but with the gamely mechanics and feel of the parts that follow. Here you can do advanced moves such as Reverts and Manuals that were not available in the first two parts, and through them, you can link your jumps and your movements together to reach a total of points that could not be reached in the original games.
The game understands this and re-weighs itself around the new mechanics, by adding new goals in the first part stages and re-weighing some goals in the second part stages. Despite this, if you want to try the first part as it was, the game gives you the option to turn off the mechanics that you do not want, but if you are new and see the systems more complex and more difficult than you can, there are cheat options to facilitate the Manuals and Reverts for those who need them.
What veterans of the series will pay attention to when they start the game is the amazing success of Vicarious Visions in maintaining the addictive feel of Never soft, knowing that it is a difficult task in which every developed part after never soft's exit has failed. Vicarious Visions had done a great job before in N. Sane Trilogy, but the gameplay feeling in that group did not completely agree with the original games, and there were some distinct differences for the players that did not fit the design of the stages, but in Pro Skater 1 + 2, they succeeded in conveying the feeling The exact original gameplay, despite their addition of advanced parts mechanics, is a feat that deserves respect. The gameplay is still just as addictive and fun as it was 20 years ago.
Still offering the same arcade pleasure that has long distinguished the series from real competitors like SKATE, few games offer the euphoria of tying up moves and breaking records in Tony Hawk. Vicarious Visions' fulfillment of the original experience also appears in the comeback of all the licensed songs that featured the two original sequels. There are new songs too, most of them are good to excellent and introduce me to new artists as the original games did in their time, but the game gives you the option to turn them off if you want the original experience as it was.
The artistic orientation is where this game differs from the original parts. Although it maintained the design of the stages exactly as it was, the appearance of these stages differed.
This is natural because the PS1 did not allow developers at the time to master the details of the 3D environments, and decided to add these details and atmosphere appropriate to the sport of skateboarding here instead of copying blindly.
The game also offers an online stage design and sharing mode, as well as a long list of general challenges, skaters, and options for moods for skateboard looks, clothing, and more. These options guarantee more hours of gameplay for those who do not want to quit the addictive game once they finish the main stages. Perhaps the only thing that stands in the way of the addiction to the game is the loading times, when you choose to restart the stage it takes about 10 seconds of loading on the PS4 Pro, which may be annoying when you take into account the number of times that you will need to restart to achieve the perfect combo you want.
For the second time, Vicarious Visions brings it back to life in its classic series. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 the best Tony Hawk experience since the fourth season, and we can't wait to see what awaits the series in the future after this fantastic launch.