If you grew up in the late 90s/early 2000s, you probably remember Tony Hawk. The man is synonymous with skateboarding, and he basically sold an entire franchise of skateboarding games on his name alone. Granted, his name was plastered on the titles, but Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater was, for a time, an excellent game series. But, did you know the first three Pro Skater games were remade and repackaged into one HD game for PC back in 2012? I sure didn’t, but I do know this HD remake will be delisted from Steam next week — on Monday, July 17th, so now’s your last chance to buy it.
Despite the title suggesting it is an HD remake of the first Pro Skater game, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is actually a hodgepodge of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2, as it contains seven levels from those two games. Yes, seven levels; I’m honestly disappointed that Pro Skater HD includes fewer levels than the original Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. Granted, DLC is available, but it only adds three levels from Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 (as well as some additional characters), which brings the total number of levels up to 10. For the sake of comparison, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 shipped with 11 to 13 levels, depending on the version. I was expecting more from an HD remake of the first two Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games, preferably HD versions of all the levels from those games.
Tony Hawk games have seriously dropped in quality as of late, but Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD retains the tight level design, time-based mission system, and tough-but-fair trick mechanics that made the first several Tony Hawk games great. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD also looks better than most other Tony Hawk games and contains a mix of old and new songs, including Superman by Goldfinger, the Tony Hawk franchises’ most popular song.
While some people might argue that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is inferior to the original Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games, graphics notwithstanding, few Tony Hawk games ever made it to PC, and only one (i.e., Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD) was released on Steam. Currently, the only way to buy those other Tony Hawk games is to use eBay and other aftermarket sites/stores, and even then there’s no guarantee all the disks will be included or readable. But, since Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is set to be delisted on July 17th, the game is on sale for $2. Sadly, the DLC is still $5, but at $7 total, it might be worth your while to spend that money, so you can pretend you’re a superman while kickflipping and railgrinding on the PC.