If you were a gamer in the 90s, there’s almost no chance you didn’t play Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater or its sequel. Released in 1999 and 2000 respectively, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 were the ultimate skateboarding videogames. Featuring a huge lineup of skateboarders, incredible level design and the best soundtracks of all time, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater was unbeatable.
However, as the years went on, the franchise became bloated, convoluted and far less enjoyable. The core was still there, but the games just didn’t have that same impact.
Now, Vicarious Visions, the team responsible for remaking Crash Bandicoot, has remastered both Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and Pro Skater 2.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2
Unlike Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, which released for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, Pro Skater 1+2 includes all original levels from the first two games recreated in 4K. It also includes a huge roster of skaters, tricks and licensed music. Speaking with Press-Start, Vicarious Visions Studio Head, Jen Oneal revealed that most of the original soundtrack is intact.
We wanted every single song in the game, believe me we definitely did. There’s only a small handful that didn’t make it for licensing reasons, but we did our best to track everybody down, but 21 years and some of these tracks are like underground punk rock, tracking down some of these licenses can be a little bit of a challenge, but we did what we can and I think some of your favorites are going to be their Rage are going to be, Bad Religion, Gold Finger, Superman, and so many more iconic tracks.
An addition to Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 is the revert which wasn’t added to the franchise until Pro Skater 3. Similarly, the manual wasn’t in Pro Skater but was in Pro Skater 2. Additions and changes like this, make this remaster the best possible version of the original games.
Also included in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 are Create-A-Park and Create-A-Skater modes. Players can also play online or in couch co-op. To celebrate the announcement, Jack Black’s Jablinksi Games YouTube Channel gave fans a first look at the remastered Warehouse as well as giving a look at some of the world’s best skaters tear it up at The Berrics.
In the video, Tony Hawk shares a story of the first time he saw Tenacious D play live and says during the show Jack Black told the crowd, the hardest part of being on the road is hitting a bump and messing up your Tony Hawk Pro Skater combo.
We feel you Jack.
Pre-ordering Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 will grant access to Warehouse ahead of launch. The standard edition is $69.95 AUD, Digital Deluxe is $84.95 AUD and comes with in-game items. Finally, the Collector’s Edition ia $169.95 AUD and comes with all Digital Deluxe content and a limited-run Birdhouse deck.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 will be available for PC (via Epic Store), PS4, and Xbox One on September 4, 2020.