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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD
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When you can't make a good remake of your original great game, you know messed up big time.
Genre(s): Sports
Platform(s): Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Release: Xbox 360: July 18, 2012
PlayStation 3: August 28, 2012
PC: September 18, 2012
Engine: Unreal Engine 3
Developer(s): Robomodo
Publisher(s): Activision
Series: Tony Hawk

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD is a remake of the original Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, developed by Robomodo and published by Activision. It features high-definition graphics and recreations of levels from Pro Skater, Pro Skater 2, and (via DLC) Pro Skater 3. It was released on Xbox Live Arcade in July 2012, with PSN and Steam versions coming one and two months later, respectively.

Bad Qualities

  1. Content present in the original games is missing. This includes Create-A-Skater and Create-A-Park.
  2. Multiplayer is online only, and is missing some classic modes.
  3. Limited selection of skaters, lower than the original games.
  4. Low quality visuals, comparable to PS2 games (in fact, the Tony Hawk's games on PS2 looked better), despite running on Unreal Engine 3.
  5. Longer loading times than the originals.
  6. False advertising: Robomodo claimed this was the first time you could play a Tony Hawk game on PC, when in reality, Pro Skater 2 was the first to have a PC port released.
  7. Lackluster soundtrack; there are only 14 songs and due to licensing issues, only one song from the original game and six from the sequel are present in this game. The other seven songs are completely new.
  8. Sluggish controls, though it can be partially attributed to the change in engine.
  9. Wonky physics. The most disliked mechanic (Big Drop which was used in Pro Skater 2) from the entire franchise returns: if you land in an incline from a high enough height, you'll fall off your skateboard, regardless of the direction your wheels are facing.
  10. Large amounts of environmental clipping.
  11. The revert can only be acquired by purchasing DLC containing levels from Pro Skater 3, and can only be done in said levels.
    • Even then, the revert no longer slows you down.
  12. There are only seven levels in all, with only three of them being from the original. The other four are from the sequel.
  13. The additional levels in the DLC aren't much better than the included ones and don't feel anything like the original Pro Skater 3.
  14. Bare-bones PC port: There is no video options menu, no way to rebind keyboard controls, the keyboard controls themselves suck, and while you can use an Xbox 360 controller, you can't navigate the menus with it. You must use the keyboard to do so, and when checking out how to do tricks, it'll show the controls for the keyboard, even if a gamepad is plugged in. There is also no form of multiplayer in this version.

Good Qualities

  1. The nostalgia factor is almost undeniable.
  2. At least this game doesn't require the infamous board peripheral which made the previous games so horrible.
  3. It was only $15 ($10 on PC).
  4. Easily the best of the Robomodo-developed Tony Hawk games.
  5. Big Head Mode can be surprisingly fun.
  6. While Create-A-Skater is not in this game, the Xbox 360 version allows you to use your Xbox 360 avatar as a custom skater, making it the best version of this game.

Trivia

  • It was the video game debut for Tony Hawk's son, Riley Hawk.

Reception

Pro Skater HD received mixed reviews, with Metacritic scores of 67 for PS3 and 66 for Xbox 360.

Videos

Trailer

Review

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