It’s been 13 years since the release of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4. The series has been on a downward slope for a while now, with countless spinoffs that didn’t really please the fans. To give perspective, the best they’ve done in the last 10 years was the HD remake of the original Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. The success of this remake, is probably why they’re going back to their roots in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5.
Here’s our 10 things you should know about Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5: TGN’s Top 10
10. Series Recap
The original Pro Skater came out in 1999 and quickly became a popular game. In career mode, players would try to complete as many challenges as possible within a 2 minute time limit. Pro Skater 2 came out the following year and introduced Manuals, which made it a lot easier for players to chain combos together. This small addition made a huge difference in gameplay, and made Pro Skater 2 the fan favorite of the whole franchise.
Plenty of games followed up Pro Skater 2, but none quite conquered the fans like this one did, despite always adding something new to the franchise. At its lowest, Tony Hawk: Ride thought it’d be a good idea to have players buy a skateboard peripheral to play their game.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 is a return to the classic style of the Tony Hawk’s games. It’s all about those 2 minute levels with multiple goals, in the hopes of returning to its predecessor’s glory.
9. Kickin’ Soundtrack
The soundtrack of the Pro Skater games was always a memorable one, and they’re not slacking in that department with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5. It features 32 songs from a couple of musical genres that really speak to the skate culture, like punk rock, indie rock and even some hip hop. Some of the popular names present in the track list are Death From Above, Deer Mother, and Plague Vendor.
8. Playable Real Life Skaters
You can play as the real skaters featured in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5. Some classic stars are returning like Andrew Reynolds or Tony Hawk himself, and some new more contemporary skaters like Riley Hawk, Leticia Bufoni and Nyjah Huston. You can also create your own character and level him up till he reaches the same level of the pros.
7. Nine Playable Levels
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 will have 9 levels to play in, which might not sound like much, but for a Tony Hawk game that’s actually alright. Some of the tracks returning from the classics are the School and Warehouse, but there are some new ones as well.
6. Create A Park
They have a track editor called “Create a Park”, where you start with the basic layout of any of the featured levels and then drop a bunch of skate props on top of it and create your own challenges. Then of course, share it online so other people can play it.
5. New Gameplay Mechanic: Push Off
If you’re familiar with the classic games, then I’m sure the first thing you do when you drop into a level is jump up and down to get some speed. In Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, to make things easier and a bit more realistic, you can hold down R2 and you’ll be able to push off. You won’t be able to achieve max speed this way, but that’s a nice alternative to the jumping.
4. New Gameplay Mechanic: Slam
They’re also adding a new move called “Slam”. By holding down triangle, if your character is in mid air, it will plummet towards the ground. It’s an ability that prevents you from overshooting jumps, and also makes Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 a lot faster, since there won’t be as much air time.
3. Bank Your Special Bar
You’ll be able to bank your Special bar to use it when you please. In previous games, whenever you filled up your special bar, it would start depleting, and that’s the time window you had to perform special moves. But sometimes, this bar would fill up in the most awkward places, and we wouldn’t be able to take full advantage of it. Now, once the bar is full, it will stay full until you decide to trigger its effect by pressing L1.
2. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 Power Ups
The levels are filled with power ups, and from the trailers we were able to spot a double jump power up, represented by wings on your skateboard. Your skateboard can also gain an electrical current that affects some objects in the world, and can even catch on fire. We can also spot a soccer ball in one of these levels. Not sure what it’s going to be used for, but we can imagine.
1. Awesome Online Mode
Speaking of online, the developer is saying that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 online mode is where the game truly comes to life. Up to 20 players can go into a single map and complete challenges cooperatively. Competitive play has also been mentioned, but no details about that have surfaced as of the making of this video.
We know players will be able to collide with each other, which I’m sure will be great when you’re trying to complete objectives and some troll is just standing in the way. The online feature, however, will not be available on PS3 and 360, but hey, at least the game’s coming out on those platforms, which is more than we can say for most games nowadays.
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Those were 10 things you should know about Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5. Are hyped for this game? Will this be a return to Pro Skater glory, or is Robomodo going to fumble it again? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you in the next one gamers.