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YSB Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2 Remake

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I recently posted this in a comment section, but I thought I'd turn it into a full post.

TL;DR: You should buy it, it's a lot of fun.

The long drawn out answer: The orignal Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 and 2 were some of the first games I ever played and got into as a kid. As time went by and the series got worse and worse, I tricked myself into believing that Tony Hawk was never good, and was a product of its time. I decided to buy the remakes for a trip down nostalgia lane, but I wasn't expecting much from them besides a janky mess.

I was wrong, I was very very wrong. THPS 1+2 are still, some of the most finely crafted games ever created. There Is a reason that THPS 2 is one of the highest rated games of all time. Expertise, easy to play game design, that rewards practice and skill, but is pretty much approachable by anyone. Map design that has seamless flow, and attention to detail that this remake further emphasizes. An incredible soundtrack that (while of its time) really isn't replicated anywhere else. THPS 1+2 have charm oozing out of every corner. It more then stands the test of time, and this remake does nothing but improve on the game's already pristine qualities. The soundtrack has been enhanced, the graphics are gorgeous but never take away from the orignal design and the gameplay has been polished. The only thing this remake doesnt do better is that Spider-man isn't in it. If only the world was perfect.

In terms of content, I think it justifies the budget release price tag. You are essentially getting an 8 hour or so game campaign with a ton of replay value in regards to mastering the mechanics. Multiplayer (both local and online) adds a lot of value here, and can be a lot of fun. Fair warning, people have been playing THPS for over 20 years, so you'll get stomped hard. Create a park is also fun and intuitive, even on console. It's not the most robust park creator in the world, but you should get a few hours from it if that's your thing.

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It gets my highest recommendation possible. I was really taken back by this game's dedication to just letting the player have fun, its of a truly different time. I really love this game. This series went through some dark times, and I hope this is the start to a new era of the Hawk Man in gaming.


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