Do you remember being a kid and gaming? I sure do, and a great deal of my time was spent on a game for the original PlayStation: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.
Now we have been treated to the new and improved Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD. Keep in mind that this review is for the Xbox 360 platform. This review is based on how well the game has been ported to a new console and new graphics.
Honestly, I was not going into this thinking too much as in itself the original was a pretty good looking game. That being said, coming out of this was actually a pretty nice experience. It really looked like the game I remember from yesteryear; it just looked better on my HDTV. There are a couple things you WILL notice when playing it and one of them is a much more fluid movement.
When compared to the original side-by-side, the movement of the character and board are much better for the HD version of the game. However the movement can sometimes be a huge fault for it as well. More specifically if you are moving quickly and there is a ton of things going on screen, then it starts to have a bit of lag, or a missed transition between movement and execution. Which brings me to the next point; the characters actually have some definition now for the models. It does not look as blocky which is a big plus.
One of my biggest worries was how would an original PS title function being ported to the newer generation of consoles in the Xbox 360. Honestly, it could have been better, but it served its purpose in being a good port.
There is one thing that always drove me nuts when a company ports and older game and that is that they do not include how to do stuff. I really had to get my bearings when performing tricks and functioning correctly throughout the game. A player should not have to go to the Options menu in order to understand how to function within the game. It may have been somewhere I missed, but it was not that obvious if it was.
Overall Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD was a successful port to a newer generation of consoles. While controls where at times sketchy –at least on the 360- it was still as enjoyable as it used to be! Overall, I am pleased with it.