Updated: May 24, 2020
By Alex Al-Kazzaz
On May 12th, Tony Hawk announced that Tony Hawk's Pro Skater is officially coming back! A remastered version of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2 will be released on September 4th! Ironically, the announcing came on Hawk's 52nd birthday!
This time, the experience will happen much more differently. Obviously, the graphics will be different. For those who remember the games well will be amazed at how the levels look in this version than in the originals. Unfortunately. there is a change with the soundtracks as five classic tracks from the originals won't be in the remastered version. However, on a positive note, all the skaters from the original games will be back. In addition, some new things may appear in the game such as new tricks(tricks we saw in the third and fourth game). Also, there's a possibility that they'll be more objectives and challenges on each level.
The experience won't be the same as we had when playing the game on the original Playstation and Nintendo 64. However, overall, it'll be just like old times. Perhaps even better!
My thoughts on the game:
I am excited. It'll be good to play two games I loved playing as a kid. I'll take a little while to get used to the controls and I'll certainly need to practice if I am to compete with others. Mainly, I'll be playing in career mode. Free Skate? Forget it. I never was a fan of it because I like earning points for the tricks I can perform in the game. It'll be fun to collect SKATE again! I am ready to complete the games once again.
As far as the soundtracks go, I am not concerned about the changes coming to the remastered. I was never really into the soundtracks of the games. Although the music in the games really does fit. Overall, I am just excited to play the games again, so the soundtrack really should be the least of my worries. The challenges are really what I am excited about! Unlocking stuff and getting as many points as I can in a two-minute session is what I remember doing as a kid while playing. I can't wait to do it again. Maybe I'll do better!
In my case, it'll be interesting to see how the levels look with HD graphics. It'll be easy for me to compare the games now to what they were when I was playing them when I was a kid. Honestly, it'll be a good childhood memory to relive. I really am hoping that there are all the tricks from the franchise. Maybe the first thing I'll do is play as Hawk and attempt to land a 900! Or maybe I'll create my own skater. Right now, the excitement is through the roof for me!
As excited as I am for the game, I know I won't enjoy the remastered version as much as I did the originals, but it's been over 15 years since I last played the games, so I am just happy to relive the fun! For several years, I wondered if they would ever remaster the games and I've finally got my answer. Amazingly, it's the answer I was hoping for. I enjoyed the games as a kid, so I am very likely to enjoy them as an adult.