Reviews and Problems with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD
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Tony Hawk Pro Skater
6 November 2012
Excerpt: XBOX’s Summer of Arcade 2012 edition starts off with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD which is a somewhat updated mash-up of some of the locations from the early days of the franchise but with a shiny new coat of paint such as an updated roster and soundtrack. Opinion: It is also good to see that a game that I could label as having been “my game” more than a few years ago get the best HD re-tread I’ve seen to date.
Fun remake, but unrealistically portrays injuries.
Common Sense Media
20 August 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD is a high-definition remake of one of the most popular skateboarding games ever made. A downloadable game found in the XBLA or PSN, it celebrates the sport of skateboarding. Kids assume the identities of characters who are based on respected, real-world athletes -- including Tony Hawk. These pros demonstrate what skilled skaters can do. Be aware, though, that the game's depiction of wipe-outs is unrealistic.
Excerpt: The original lyrics are intact, though not delivered with the same force or inflection; the melodies are discernible, though many are well out-of-tune; the singer's voice and the band's instrument tones are modernized and overproduced in the worst way.
Excerpt: Some games just weren’t meant for HD revivals. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD attempts to rejuvenate one of the early 2000’s most popular franchises - the herald of skating games as we now know them - with updated graphics, physics, modes, and online play. It’s safe to say that the Tony Hawk franchise peaked during the Pro Skater series, so why wouldn’t this game be an automatic recommendation? Turns out, some 1999-era gameplay doesn’t quite hold up in this day and age.
Pros: The initial rush of nostalgia, Competing for high scores on the leaderboards, Rediscovering the perfect line
Cons: Wonky new physics, The lack of your favorite levels, Next to no customization options