Loading up the brand new playable demo of Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater 1 + 2, which hits Xbox Reside and PSN on Friday, I had one large query on my thoughts: would this be a return to kind, or one other fast cash-in remaster? THPS is one in every of my favourite collection in gaming, however it’s additionally one of the crucial painful. I’ve lengthy needed to recapture the magic of the primary three video games, however over time have solely discovered myself more and more let down by varied makes an attempt.As the sport masses, Rage Towards The Machine kicks out their ‘90s james alongside a montage of all of the basic skaters from the unique video games, and a few welcome new faces to the collection. As soon as the montage ends, the demo provides a single choice: Warehouse + Tony Hawk.
The Warehouse seems to be first rate on a PS4 Professional. The solar enters from the left and casts real-time shadows throughout the ground. There are small sections of water pooling on the bottom casting life like reflections, though I couldn’t get Tony to make an look within the reflection so it doesn’t appear to be actual time. The character mannequin is improved, little question, however there’s, no texture on the clothes – although I’m not sure that is obligatory in a Tony Hawk sport. I don’t see any graphical achievement awards on this remaster’s future, however that is actually the perfect trying skate sport to this point.
Dropping into the Warehouse warps me proper again to 1999 after I did this actual roll-in for the primary time. The management comes again pretty naturally, however with one quirk: Tony Hawk video games play a lot quicker and extra frantically than Skate three or the more moderen Skater XL! However as I looped via the warehouse, the whole lot began coming again. The demo is pretty restricted on content material with no aims to work in direction of; it’s only a two-minute free skate session. It’s fast to hit pause after which restart run, so there may be barely any down time. Over the hour I spent skating round I discovered myself setting my very own targets identical to I did 22 years in the past: land the 900, add a 360 Varial McTwist in a line, break 100Ok with one combo, and so forth.For probably the most half, that is Tony Hawk as I keep in mind it with a pleasant new coat of paint. I’ve questions in regards to the quantity of content material within the sport that solely the ultimate, full model can reply, however a very powerful factor is that the skating feels good. Welcome again, Birdman.
Tate Fiebing is one in every of many IGN workers who grew up loving the Tony Hawk video games. Speak ollies and 720’s with him on Twitter at @TateOrToshy.