It looks like everyone was wanting to kickflip into a Darkside grind in the first week of Summer of Arcade. We certainly liked Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD a …
With Summer of Arcade kicking off last week, we take some time to talk about Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD. Perry brings what little news there is, including the big Polytron patch story which gets us a bit riled up. Todd Talks about his excitement over Battleblock Theater being closer to release. Andrew brings the community question, and be sure to check out the game of the week N+.
Apologies for the dip in audio quality this week, we had some technical difficulties.
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Summer of Arcade looks to start off with a bang. As of noon (Robomodo time) today the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD leaderboards broke 100k players. While not a …
Steve Caballero might be older than (some of) your dad(s), but he’s still skating at age 47. Caballero was featured in four of the Tony Hawk games, from Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 to Tony Hawk’s Underground. He’s making a return to the franchise as part of the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 downloadable content coming soon. Steve is credited with creating the frontside board slide, known then as the frontside rock’n roll slide. He joins the revert trick and the LA, Canada, and Airport levels as part of the pack. Hit the jump for two more screenshots.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD was developed by Robomodo and published by Activision. It was released on July 18, 2012 for 1200 MSP. A copy was provided for review purposes.
The Tony Hawk games–everyone’s played at least one, and most have people have 1-2 favorites from the series. Their success paved the way for extreme sports games like the SSX and Skate series, and their soundtracks helped to bring the slightly obscure Punk Rock genre into the mainstream. Over the years the games have continued to try to expand and build on each preceding title. Pro Skater 2 brought the create-a-skater feature, Pro Skater 3 brought Tony and company to a new generation of consoles. Underground brought off-the-board gameplay and a story. Ride attempted to bring players even closer to skating realism with a skateboard controller. For better or worse, each new feature attempted to keep the series fresh and enjoyable.
But Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is a trip back to the series’ roots. It puts a controller back in players’ hands. It strips out the story mode. You can’t get off the board. It’s just vanilla Pro Skater, and while some may prefer more flavorful ice cream, vanilla is the perfect flavor for Tony’s games.