Not to be overdramatic here, but Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 probably saved 2020. The sound of Superman by Goldfinger playing on the title screen’s background released all sorts of endorphins through my bloodstream. This is home. Memories are flooding back to playing splitscreen at a buddy’s house sipping on some Capri-Sun and eating too many sour keys. 2020 has been a difficult year, but the world can collectively skate the pain away when Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 officially release on Sept. 4.
Until then, Activision has blessed us with a Warehouse Demo, and it just hits different.
The Warehouse demo is a 2-minute run with only Tony Hawk as a playable character. I’m not saying this like it’s a bad thing, it is in factmore than anyone can ask for. No tapes, S-K-A-T-E, and tiny challenges to do. Just him and his board.
All the nostalgia pieces are there. Warehouse is exactly as I remembered, but somehow new. Tony Hawk is looking as legendary as ever. Sure, it can easily be chalked up to the graphics, but it’s the whole feel of the game. It feels real despite the arcade nature of THPS, and the tricks all feel smoother.
The game just flows seamlessly now that the catalog of tricks has been ported over. The inclusion of reverts, wall plants, and wall rides extend your line as long as you have the skills to keep it going. The icing on the cake was busting out The 900 on the half-pipe.
Get excited, it’s good.
Not going to lie, I was a little nervous about the OG Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 games being remastered. Would they be as good as remembered? Is the game too arcade-y for 2020 and will it play well? Will this revive interest in skateboarding video games moving forward?
But after playing this quick 2-minute demo, I have nothing but faith in Activision reviving this classic. The skate community is thirsty, and I trust Activision to deliver, especially considering that they brought back the Neversoft crew for this – otherwise this could’ve been a huge whiff. It’s looking more and more like a must-buy for those who haven’t yet.
In case you’re wondering, this is the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 Warehouse Demo soundtrack:
- Goldfinger – Superman
- Rage Against the Machine – Guerilla Radio
- Billy Talent – Afraid of Heights
- Tyrone Briggs – Lose Control