Let’s face it folks, 2020 has been a huge, disgusting pile of garbage. I personally want it to be done and over with, already. The only brightside to this terrible year, however, is that fans can now play Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 on Xbox One and PS4.
Developed by Vicarious Visions, the studio that brought Crash Bandicoot to current-gen systems, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 offers great music, a mediocre online section, a rush of nostalgia, and unlockables. Clearly, there’s much to hear and do, which makes this installment absolutely worth playing.
The Tony Hawk franchise, as a whole, would be nothing without its incredible selection of music.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2, thankfully, has classic songs like Dead Kennedys’ “Police Truck,” which made me want to tear up my homework in protest and ditch school forever, while others like Powerman 5000’s “When World Collide” inspired me to dust off a few rock CDs.
Needless to say, the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 soundtrack is still great to this day and holds up incredibly well, all while making you relive each classic as if you’ve time traveled back to 1999.
Should you ever get bored of cruising around on your board alone, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 lets you hit the pipes online. Unfortunately, I found the online modes to be mediocre.
For instance, playing tag, a mode in which you grind a variety of platforms and objects with an assigned color in effort to claim the most territory, was initially fun but eventually became boring and repetitive after some time. There was only so much grinding I could do in effort to take first place, but this mode in particular did nothing for me after a while and I chose to move on rather quickly.
Score challenge, which allows you to compete in effort to reach a predetermined score first, was probably the most entertaining mode out of those available. It was great to see a group of skaters scatter like roaches in effort to land the most tricks and gather up the most points possible. You’ll see people fall or slip out of a grind, which is entertaining and humorous, but this too, like tag, got old after a while.
It was nice to experience Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 online, but very much like the originals, playing by myself and taking the game at my own pace was more desirable than playing with someone else.
While I certainly have a fondness for the Tony Hawk series, I especially favor the first installment over the second in terms of skateable locations.
Revisiting classic areas made me feel young again, as if I was a little version of myself back in 1999 sitting on my bed with excitement coursing through my veins.
Warehouse gave my stomach that “woah” feeling when rolling down into the main warehouse section, and school has so many excellent things to do and see. For instance, it was fun to skateboard on the school’s basketball court and even more fun to do 900s in a drained swimming pool.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, on the other hand, was enjoyable but it didn’t exactly strike my interest like most sequels in terms of level selection. Sure, it was nice to explore the hangar and get smashed by moving vehicles, heck is it was even nice to ollie over a few bums from time to time in Venice, but like most sequels in existence, they just don’t compare to the original.
For those who want a lot to do, you’ll be happy to know that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 provides a wealth of challenges for you to complete. Doing so will unlock things like new attire for your skater, new boards, and so much more.
While there is a structured list of things to complete and accomplish, I found myself unlocking these challenges intuitively. I guess I’m either really good at the game or the challenges are way too easy.
Almost immediately after playing the game, challenge notifications would pop like crazy, which comes off intriguing at the most. This made me want to actively research a few challenges here and there, but I ultimately decided to pass on them and continue playing the game as if they didn’t exist at all.
There was nothing eye grabbing or a particular challenge that I wanted to complete, but there are a wealth of challenges available for those who deem themselves as video game completionists. (Good luck if that’s you, by the way.)
It is without a doubt that the Tony Hawk franchise will always be near and dear to my heart, which is why I am pretty happy with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2. Bringing classic tunes back certainly works in its favor — I couldn’t imagine playing this game without “Police Truck” –, and things like online functionality, vintage locations, and a wealth of collectibles will keep you busy for quite some time. If you enjoyed playing these games back in the late 90s and early 00s, or even if you didn’t and this is your first time around, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 is the best thing to ever happen to 2020. Hands down.