Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 review (Nintendo Switch)


Last summer, Viscarious Visions reminded us that we were no longer twenty, and that the heyday of video skate may be behind us. After having successfully grinded the consoles of the old generation, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 completes his anniversary tour by landing on Switch, in a version that is more transportable. Was the wait worth it?

We take the same ones and start over: less than a year later, the redesign of the first two opuses of the famous arcade skateboard series FINALLY arrives on Switch, the opportunity to spend an old summer, between two grabs and a little 90’s punk.

No need to go four ways: if the joystick sensations in hand are similar, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 clearly loses its splendor when it lands on the Nintendo console: between an unflattering resolution, a few unwelcome slowdowns and pop-in in each environment, the comparison is against this transportable version. And yet, the pleasure remains intact, and without noticing it, you slip into the skateparks, carried by a soundtrack that is still so bad, not without enjoying some very welcome HD vibrations. Since you have not been able to meet any competitor on the game’s still deserted servers, you will have to wait a little longer to test the strength of the multiplayer mode. And happy holidays, o o.

We republish below our test of the PC, PS4 and Xbox One versions released in 2020. All the captures are from the Switch version:

Cleverly arrived at the end of a funny summer, a season that remains even with a mask synonymous with afternoons spent at the skatepark against a backdrop of punk-rock, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 not done with a title too obvious no mystery of its content: after a long journey through the desert that began at the end of the Neversoft era, the studio Vicarious Visions, long confined to the portable adaptations of the series, decided to go back to the roots of “THPS”, to the time when the sun cradled the license in relative recklessness.

Bring (Back) the Noise

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2, so it’s a bit like Port-Salut: exit the post-Underground wanderings and its absurd stories. Like an old skater who decides to get back on his board, the series sets out again on its foundations, very solid, by giving a hell of a blow of polish to the first two opuses (originally released in 1999 and 2000), which had contributed to the phenomenal success. of this “free” adaptation of the discipline. For the first time in nearly twenty years, and after an HD episode frankly received by the players, this fake news finally sets out to take back what is the salt of the series. It was time. Those who would not have known the great era of the Activision series rest assured: between the arrival of a tutorial narrated by Tony in person and an activatable cheat menu from among, there will always be tools for have fun without leaving an elbow or an ankle. Purists can even choose to limit themselves to the original handling, just to make the challenge even worse – and not just a little.

In game as in real life, twenty years have passed, and the young prodigies of yesterday have taken a few wrinkles, but we find with a certain pleasure the cast ofusual suspects accompanied by new talents in the discipline, including Leticia Bufoni and Lizzie Armanto, so as not to make this little celebration a simple meeting of old schnoks. And for those who would prefer to try to put together a replica of their carcass, the Creation mode will offer a few tools and models that are probably too few for everyone to really find what they are looking for, but which allow for some hair-loss. The sacrosanct marks of the discipline are present, clearly visible, so much so that one might find them a bit too present, but after all, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater never really hid it. The shop offline offers lovers of style hundreds of reasons to slam his precious dollars there, and face the reality of the time: here, everything is cashed in the sweat of his brow, without micro-transactions (for now ), a reality 100% legit today on the verge of extinction. A whole time. New elements will be unlocked as the progression progresses, which is intended to be a little freer than one might have imagined.

There’s that Falcon

Compilation remaster, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 indeed offers the freedom that we had the right to hope for, since the parks of the two titles are independently accessible thanks to porous borders. In fact, the progression takes place in the heart of each “Campaign”, a list of accomplished objectives allowing to pass to the next level, but the experience and the collected statistical points remain. Those who choose to complete Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater before tackling his iconic sequel (and vice versa) will start …

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