Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD

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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: Sports
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Release Date: Xbox 360: July 18, 2012
PlayStation 3: August 28, 2012
PC: September 18, 2012
Game Engine: Unreal Engine 3
Developer: Robomodo
Publisher: Activision
Franchise: 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.

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

Comments


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JoshuaReen

24 months ago
Score 3
The HD in the cover box art looks like a shovel.
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SuperCraftKid

7 months ago
Score 1
Because this game is Shovelware
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Mr. Dready

10 months ago
Score 0
I hope Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 will be better, i did enjoyed a bit of this game, but sadly is not much, i haven’t played the other Robomodo Tony Hawk games, and the only others i haven’t played are: Pro Skater 2, American Sk8land, Motion and Downhill Jam, but i’ve played most the others, and i might add American Wasteland on AGW.
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ThunderKat

6 months ago
Score 0
I can confirm that 1+2 is fantastic game as it has everything you could ask for; classic levels, a sizeable roster of veteran and new skaters, tons of challenges, insane replay value, and a deep create-a-park feature.
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Mr. Dready

10 months ago
Score 0
Fun Fact: You can play as James Hetfield of Metallica in this game.
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CombatantMarsBlitz

9 months ago
Score 4
I can only hope that Vicarious Visions can succeded with THPS 1+2 and hope it will be better than THPSHD. I played a demo version of THPSHD and THPS5 and both were pretty awful. But if I choose between THPSHD and THPS5, I would say THPSHD is slightly better than THPS5. But THPSHD is still awful imo.
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Solidnator

8 months ago
Score 1
It's Vicarious Visions, they surely have the experience.
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Mr. Dready

7 months ago
Score 0
It received Positive reviews, and i heard that is fun.
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CombatantMarsBlitz

6 months ago
Score 0
@Mr. Dready I have played it and it quite a great game. My only criticism is that it needs an overhaul on the online modes and creation suite.
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HunterZolomon

2 months ago
Score 0
This is removed from Steam because how bad it is
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Ivan97Miraheze

2 months ago
Score 0

Besides, why would you wanna play this over the Pro Skater 1+2 remake?

(sees that it's still an Epic Games Store exclusive on PC)

Oh, right...

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