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.
The haptics are a bit of a letdown for me. I was hoping that it would go for feeling like an actual skateboard on different terrains but it just feels a bit like normal rumble.
@nessisonett Agreed; the haptics seem to be a missed opportunities with PS5 games so far, but I think when development normalizes (i.e. system attach rate increases), we'll start seeing improvements in that regard. Also I find the trigger effects to be a hinderance on competitive games (THPS, COD Online, Etc.)
The revert resistance is NOT a welcome addition, it makes pulling one off that much harder and inconsistent in practice. I’ve never had an issue with triggers or haptics negatively impacting my experience so this is a first. A positive is the performance in split screen co-op has improved tremendously! If I hadn’t bought the digital deluxe edition on sale this upgrade wouldn’t be worth $10 extra
@KonkeyDong64 I’ve skated for years and honestly the haptics in certain games totally remind me of the feeling in your legs when you bomb a hill. It’s a shame that the haptics weren’t as great as they really could have been and if VV hadn’t been shuttered then I’d be hopeful that a new game or remake of 3 could improve on them.
With games like this that require spot on timing I turn off the haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, they make my inputs less precise. Same goes with fighting games.
Also, thanks for all the free trophies!
oh c'mon Activision other Company's gave an upgrade for nowt..............now you expect people to pay you more money for more crashes(no kneepads won't soften the blow) and a slight Rumble jeesus just so wrong...hand it over to the original team.
The main question is, is this worth the £10 upgrade? It certainly doesn’t sound like it so far 😕
Flawless performance and occasional crashes contradict each other
@Jeevz free trophies? I had some trophy prgress on the PS4 version before downloading and playing the PS5 version but none of my trophies popped. This is my first time playing a game that was upgraded from PS4 to PS5 so figured the trophy thing wasn’t a big deal...
Did you upload your save on PS4 and Download that save on PS5?
Not worth the 10 bucks to upgrade.
How is the 120 fps mode?
Thanks for the honest review! I still plan to pick this up, most likely during Holiday 2021 sales.
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