Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2, in case you weren't aware, is an excellent remake of the first two games in the legendary series. It originally launched last year on PlayStation 4, and it's a fantastic reimagining of these skateboarding classics. While it looked great on the older hardware, Activision has seen fit to develop and release a PS5 version, taking advantage of all the new bells and whistles. So, how is it?
Well, first of all, it's still a cracking arcadey sports game. No matter where you play it, the remake revitalises the seminal franchise by folding in all the gameplay tweaks from subsequent releases, meaning it plays like a dream. There's an old-school charm to it all; it's quite a challenge, and the objectives in each level are refreshingly simple. The title also adds in original content in the form of new objectives, hundreds of unique challenges, and a revamped Create A Park mode, as well as decent online multiplayer.
As for PS5-specific enhancements, the thing you'll notice most is the DualSense feedback. The game makes good use of the controller's haptics — you feel every landing, ollie, and grind, giving the experience a more tactile feel. The adaptive triggers are only really used when performing reverts, but there's a satisfying resistance as you do so. Elsewhere, the game runs flawlessly at 4K and 60 frames-per-second, although we did run into one random crash during our testing. We should also mention the game makes good use of Activity Cards, allowing you to hop straight into Free Skate, multiplayer, and other modes, skipping the usual title screens. Oh, and the loading times are definitely reduced, though not completely eliminated.
Overall, we'd say this is a decent upgrade that makes effective use of PS5's capabilities. However, if you're yet to grab Sony's new machine, the PS4 version will serve you just fine until you do. For a more in-depth look at the game itself, read our more comprehensive Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 PS4 review.