Gaming XBOX Game Review: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD

XBOX Game Review: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD

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We played the Summer of Arcade release Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD.  Read on for our impressions!

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Andrew told us about the five upcoming arcade games for XBOX involved with their Summer  of Arcade promotion here.  I downloaded and played the new Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD.  Here are my impressions.  First, a little refresher about Summer of Arcade from the XBOX site.

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Experience Five Weeks of Fun!

Don’t miss Summer of Arcade 2012’s blockbuster lineup that will keep you playing all summer long. From an HD upgrade of a popular skateboarding game to a gorgeous animated action game, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re sitting on the same couch, or on the other side of the globe, invite your friends because this is a party you don’t want to miss!

And the brief game summary:

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD takes the best elements of the classic THPS games and gives them a fresh update to create an all new skateboarding experience. Tapping into fans’ muscle memories, the gameplay in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD returns to controllers and focuses on the satisfaction of linking sick tricks for maximum points. Combining sharp visuals with the best controls ever in a Tony Hawk game, the feel is cutting edge yet timeless.

Features
  • HD Upgrade: Game was rebuilt and polished by Robomodo using Neversoft’s original level models.
  • Classic levels: The style and feel of the best 7 levels from THPS and THPS2 (Warehouse, School 2, Mall, Phoenix, Hangar, Marseilles and Venice) refreshed for today. Tony Hawk himself put a call out to his fans on Twitter during the summer of 2011 to decide the final levels. The levels are exactly the same specs as the originals – every gap, SKATE Letter, etc is exactly where you remember it but looks a hell of a lot better!
  • The Top Pros: Today’s biggest skate pros round out the cast including: Nyjah Huston, Chris Cole, Eric Koston, Andrew Reynolds, Rodney Mullen, Lyn-z Adams Hawkins Pastrana, Riley Hawk and, of course, Tony Hawk himself. Each has 8 boards, 3 special moves, and an alternate outfit.
  • Refined controls: The skaters’ animations, tricks and combos reflect the evolution of the THPS games. Animations are improved, the tricks have been redone (and some new special tricks added), even “skater celebrations” have been added for big combos.
  • Manuals and Reverts: You can do manuals as part of trick combos in THPS HD. Given the fact that this game combines the best gameplay from THPS1 and THPS2, Reverts will not work as part of trick combos in the initial launch of THPS HD as that mechanic was not introduced until THPS3. However, reverts will work in the post-release DLC for the THPS3 levels, as those levels were originally designed to accommodate this.
  • Endlessly fun objectives: Players pursue the same global and level-specific goals as the original games, including S-K-A-T-E, Secret DVD (used to be VHS tape!), and many more.
  • Soundtrack: The full soundtrack has been announced and is listed at the bottom of this doc. It is about half classic THPS tracks and half new ones.
  • Online multiplayer: Four modes (Trick Attack, Graffiti, Big Head Elimination, + Free Skate), plus online leaderboards. 8 high score leaderboards (1 per level plus 1 all levels combined). “Target Score” included as well, so you can see next highest score for you to beat to move up in the leaderboard in the HUD.
  • Downloadable content: Coming post-release, will be levels from THPS3 including Airport. Other two levels and new pros to be announced soon.
  • In Game Map View: Pause and see the location of objectives and gaps.
  • Over 15 Achievements / Trophies
  • Quick Restart: Back button allows you to quickly restart their session. Perfect for the obsessive gamer who is looking to achieve the perfect combo.
  • Facebook Bragging Rights: Friends can see what level you have played and your score in Facebook.

Jim McCarthy
My tech interests include WHS, media streaming, and gaming, among others!

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