Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD Revert Pack review (XBLA DLC)
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is a bit of a mixed bag. For the casual player it provides nostalgia with enhanced visuals. The bugs seem minor. For the hardcore it leaves feelings of imprecision in control, and the in-game glitches become like a giant white headed pimple–no matter how much you try to look away it steals your focus. The community and media at large are torn on whether the game is amazing or abysmal. The Revert Pack DLC is more of the same. In the end it comes down to whether you enjoy the core game or hate it. That being said, let’s keep this short and not beat around the bush.
Here’s what we liked:
More to love – For fans of the game the Revert Pack is a must buy. The three greatest levels from Pro Skater 3 (Canada, L.A., and Airport) along with one new music track, Metallica’s “All Nightmare Long”. Also included are four new skaters: pros Steve Caballero and Geoff Rawley and Metallica members James Hetfield and Robert Trujillo. The four new skaters provide decent balance in the game’s starting selection, and the levels are faithfully recreated. The Metallica track is, well, Metallica. You’ll either love it or hate it.
Here’s what we didn’t like:
More to hate – Those who have a laundry list of complaints about the game will find no solace in the Revert Pack. By and large it’s exactly the same as the rest of the game. The controls and physics are close to the original, but just not spot on. It’s noticeable enough that it will still turn folks away. Fans and haters alike will be disappointed that the Metallica band members replace any potential classic Star Wars or Marvel Comics cameos, and some may lament that Pro Skater 3 tracks “Ace of Spades” and “Blitzkrieg Bop” are nowhere to be found.
Let’s cut the fat here. The decision to purchase the Revert Pack will depend entirely on your own judgement of the game itself. At 400 MSP it provides a fair content-to-value ratio, and fans of Pro Skater 3 get the cream of the crop when it comes to levels. If you love the game, this is more of the same, with plenty to get your money’s worth from. That being said the same issues still exist in this content, so for those who can’t help but stare at the pimple buying the Revert Pack will only make it seem larger. We cannot recommend a buy for fear of enraging the already angered, nor can we tell you just to outright skip it because of its content value. Since you can’t download a DLC trial, we recommend going to your buddy’s house and trying the new levels before dropping the green stuff on it.
Score: Try It