Review: Tony Hawks Pro Skater HD

A HD remake of the classic PS1 game Tony Hawk Pro Skater hit Xbox arcade this week. Priced at 1200 MS points its quite an expensive nostalgia trip.

Pros:

  • The actual game play mechanic you know and love is still in tact
  • Its Tony Hawk!
  • The level layout is aswel all intact from the originals
  • Online is a solid affair with a few choices such as graffiti,score attack,big head and free skate
  • You can use your Xbox avatar as a skater in game
  • The original music is in there with a few new tracks which suit the game
  • Online leader-board support
  • Achievements are varied and don’t require you to 100% each level
  • Cheats can be unlocked
  • You have career,free skate,score attack and other game types
  • The graphics do a good job of making it nice to look at and play
Cons:
  • Hit detection/collision can be really bad, Just touching a wall wrong can catapult you in the air costing valuable seconds
  • Cheats disable achievements,scores. Obvious but some people will see it as a bad thing
  • Restart points after a crash are hit and miss, It can sometimes put you back in front of wall with no way out or on a jump you cant survive or sometime back to the beginning of the whole level!
  • No H-O-R-S-E mode online which is a huge shame
  • The map showing you where everything is can be a little hard to read in places
  • Level/Career progression is saved to each individual skater so mixing it up with different characters becomes a ball ache to say the least
  • They’ve changed the way goal list task completions appear on screen and I for one don’t like it.
  • You cant bring up the goals list in game
  • You can fall through walls and floors in certain parts
  • Some goals do not register properly and require you to keep trying and hoping to get lucky
In summary, If your a die hard Tony Hawk fan then you can let the bad things slide. You will be happy knowing you have the game on demand and on your current machine ready to go anytime.
If you care more about how the graphics were done or how the UI has changed then maybe its not the game for you.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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