Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 (THPS 1 + 2) is an HD remaster of the classic PlayStation and Nintendo 64 games developed by Activision and Vicarious Visions. It combines both titles into one package, allowing gamers to experience both classic games in a modern way. This review breaks down the main features of THPS 1 + 2, evaluating the game from a technical, content and gameplay perspective.
Graphics & Audio
The THPS 1 + 2 remaster looks great on the Nintendo Switch. Every level is brought to life in crisp high-definition visuals with enhanced lighting and particle effects which bring each level to life. The animations are smooth with no visible frame rate drops no matter how much action is going on in each park or course. Additionally, the soundtrack for THPS 1 + 2 features classic punk-rock songs like Goldfinger’s “Superman” and “Here & Now” by Naughty By Nature that provide an addicting backdrop to each playthrough.
The audio cues found throughout each level also serve as indicators for when players are performing tricks successfully or grinding along rails and ramps. This audio feedback tied together with tight controls makes it easier for players to get used to skating their way around each park.
The gameplay of THPS 1 + 2 hasn’t changed much since its original release; however, some modern game design elements have been added that make it more accessible for new players while still providing a challenge for veteran fans of the series. Players can practice different tricks while utilizing manuals and reverts which all add up towards more points and increase their overall combo.
For those looking for a more competitive experience, there are both online and local multi-player modes where players can compete against one