One of the legends of the Game on AUS family is Nic ‘Stix’ Holland. This man, along with Adam ‘Jared’ Lamotte were the inspiration behind me penning my first review way back in 2018. Stix is a resident PS4 and Destiny tragic, in the best way possible. Last night he told me the demo had dropped for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2, and he was more than a little excited. The big man himself put pen to paper so we dusted off the Stix Review and here are his impressions of the demo.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 is an upcoming skateboarding game developed by Vicarious Visions and published by Activision. Those of us who have pre-ordered the highly anticipated remake/remaster of the legendary Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater were treated to the opportunity to get their hands on the demo to get a feel of what to expect.
True to most demos, it is a bit of a bare bones offering in terms of what levels and which skaters are available. If you are like me and remember the original demo that released way back in 1999, yes it’s been that long since the original, then the nostalgia will slam you harder then missing a kick flip over a transfer.
The classic sound of Rage Against The Machine’s “Guerrilla Radio” accompanies the opening video of the roster of the game with a blend of old school VHS tape clips and current day highlights. All the original favourites are back, like Steve Caballero, Geoff Rowley, Bucky Lasek, Elissa Steamer, Kareem Campbell, Andrew Reynolds, Bob Burnquist, Eric Koston, Rodney Mullen, Jamie Thomas, Rune Glifberg, Chad Muska and, of course, Tony Hawk. Joining them are new comers to the title, but not necessarily the series, Nyjah Huston, Leo Baker, Leticia Bufoni, Aori Nishimura, Lizzie Armanto, Shane O’Neill, Tyshawn Jones and last but not least, Riley Hawk (Tony’s son).
The iconic warehouse level is the only level available and whilst not 100% true to form like the OG (a few hidden areas missing), it still very much plays like it’s forefather. The controls haven’t changed one bit and if you have played a tonne of the series it will be just like riding a bike. The muscle memory was firing in no time, even to the point that I just instinctively did the right, down, circle combo in the half pipe and hit a 900.
The updated graphics are a welcome sight and it feels like the physics of the game have been updated as well. Despite the only option available is a 2 minute session of one level it definitely left me wanting more come September 4 when the full release comes out.
If this is the scratch on the surface that is the full game, the generation that grew up with this franchise are in for a treat.
Oh and everyone’s favourite track, and GOA anthem, “Superman” by Goldfinger is still in the game and you’ll still want to sing it out loud.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 is set to be released on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on September 4, 2020.
Written by: @Stix2412