Tony Hawk 1 and 2 (Series) Review

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Posted: 5 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Tony Hawk's is a skateboarding game series. It features the famous skater in 19 different games. From its start in 1999 on PlayStation it is now available on most consoles and has recently been rereleased in updated as Tony Hawk's 1 + 2.

The games pit you as a skater aiming to achieve a high score by performing tricks. This is achieved by combining moves like aerials, flips, grinds, lips, and manuals. More points are awarded for time maintained, degrees rotated, number of tricks performed in sequence, performing tricks on specific landmarks on the map, and the number of times the tricks have been used.

The moves are achieved by lining up your skater well and then pressing a series of button combinations to move between the different positions. It's hard to learn, and less instinctive than the Skate series, but still created an adrenaline pumping sense of flow when you performed tricks perfectly.

The games in the main series include:
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater (1999) on PlayStation, Nintendo 64. Re-release in HD for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (2000) on PlayStation, Nintendo 64, PC and Mac
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 (2001) on PlayStation 2, PlayStation, GameCube, Xbox, Nintendo 64, PC and Mac
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 (2002) on Xbox, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, GameCube, PC and Mac
  • Tony Hawk's Underground (2003) on PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox and PC
  • Tony Hawk's Underground 2 (2004) on PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox and PC
  • Tony Hawk's American Wasteland (2005) on PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Xbox, GameCube and PC
  • Tony Hawk's Project 8 (2006) on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, Xbox
  • Tony Hawk's Proving Ground (2007) on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo DS
  • Tony Hawk: Ride (2009) on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii
  • Tony Hawk: Shred (2010) on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 (2015) on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 (2019) Rerelease on Xbox One and PlayStation 4

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 04/09/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Sports.

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 8 hours and 10 hours to complete. The time to complete each game varies.
 
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 8 players online. Split screen for local multiplayer is available on consoles.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

You can purchase cosmetic outfits and items in the game.
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater™ 1 + 2 Digital Deluxe Edition includes additional skaters, outfits and content
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 The United Pack includes a set of apparel, skateboard decks and accessories.
You will need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 3. You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One. You will need Xbox Live Gold to play online with Xbox 360. You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2 is rated PEGI 12 for use of mild bad language. Contains frequent use of mild bad language found in the games dialogue and song lyrics. For example, the words “*!@?*”, “*!@?*” and “Goddamn” are present.

ESRB TEEN for song lyrics. Accompanying song lyrics reference alcohol, suggestive material, drugs, and language (e.g., "I'll bring the beer”; "where the good whores meet"; “I was selling weed to all the kids out of my backpack”; "d*ck"; "b*tch").

Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2 has the following accessibility. You can customise difficulty with assists that make balancing and timed moves easier. You can opt to have your special meter always filled which enables you to perform special tricks without building it up. Turning these on mean you can't score points in the online leaderboards.

Subtitles are available although they don't have a solid background option.

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Customise Difficulty: Customise different aspects of the game.

Assistance

Assistance With Controls: You can get the game to assist aiming, steering, reloading, jumping, running etc.

Practice Area: You can practice freely without opponents or time pressures.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required.

Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Invert X/Y Axis: You can invert the direction required to control looking and aiming.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Clear Interface: The game navigation, maps and information are clear to read, large or adjustable.

System Settings

The Wii has a few helpful settings, like disable rumble, but you have to use gesture controls for most games and the system menu. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: Andy Robertson


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