A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This is a remake of a pair of skateboarding games that indirectly encourage confidence, athleticism, being a good sport.
Positive Role Models
Since the games feature skateboarders from more than 20 years ago -- when the original games debuted -- plus more contemporary male and female gamers, they're mostly positive role models. That is, if they're positive in real life, and most of them are -- like Tony Hawk himself -- then the characters based on them are also positive. Good gender and cultural representation, and game features a Create-A-Skater option to create and customize your own star.
Ease of Play
Players will learn the controls to perform skateboarding moves like grinds, ollies, and kickflips. A tutorial walks the player through the controls, plus they can be reviewed at any time.
Violence & Scariness
Just as in real life, some players can have massive wipeouts -- but they get back up and continue skateboarding without any blood or gore.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple of songs make sexual references, mixed with violence against women, too, such as in track "Police Truck" by the Dead Kennedys: "It's roundup time where the good whores meet ... we're gonna drag one screaming off the street."
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Some lyrics have profanity, including words like "d--k," "bitch," "hell," and "damn."
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Products & Purchases
Game features real skateboarders -- those popular 20 years ago and today's generation -- and licensed music. Some clothing/apparel brands are seen on skaters, like Adidas shoes, licensed skateboards, other branding. There's a Digital Deluxe mode (with extra content), Collector Edition (which also includes a skateboard), and planned downloadable content (DLC).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some lyrics refer to alcohol and drugs, including lines like "I'll bring the beer" and "I was selling weed to all the kids out of my backpack."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2 is a skateboarding sports game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. The game is a remake of two iconic Activision games popular about 20 years ago. It lets you assume the role of famous skateboarders and lets you pull off tricks and moves in order to rack up points. Like the original games, it features some lyrics that might concern parents, such as one song that says "It's roundup time where the good whores meet ... we're gonna drag one screaming off the street." Some words like "d--k" and "bitch" can be heard. There are also lyrics that refer to alcohol and drug use. Skaters may wipe out during their skating sessions, but no blood or gore is shown during play.
Is It Any Good?
This is a faithful and extraordinary remake of the original games, along with new content. From its graphics and tight controls to its myriad of game modes and huge roster of players, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2 proves that good games never die -- they're simply reborn and refreshed for new audiences. For those with nostalgia, it's funny how it all comes back within a few seconds of play, like riding a bike (or skateboard). You know the drill: Ride around the environment -- looking for railings and ramps -- and pull off as many tricks and chained combos as possible. You'll earn more points for tougher or less repetitive moves, including over-the-top mid-air stunts or balancing as long as you can on the highest point of a building. It's exhilarating, challenging, and downright entertaining. The skateboarding feels faster here than in the older games, and a few new tricks have been added, along with secret areas or objects to collect, so you won't want to leave this digital playground. Toss in the original soundtrack and modern tunes -- mostly hip-hop, hard rock, and punk -- and you'll probably just sit back and listen to the music for a while.
Visually, the game now features HD graphics and updated animations, which look and feel more fluid than before. Transitions from spins and grinds to other moves are fantastic and seamless. The levels look great, too, and they're varied -- whether it's in a vacant mall or Venice beach at sundown. The modes and goals are what you'd remember, with a few other objectives and challenges thrown into the Career mode per skater. You can unlock additional content by pulling off extra combos and tasks. Add in the Create-A-Park option, and there really is a lot of meat here. You can see many parks playable from other gamers, too. Along with several solo modes, there's split-screen couch play for two, and lobby for online head-to-head multiplayer games. The only issues are occasional long load times and slowdowns that can be annoying, but it's not the worst problem here. Whether you're new to the franchise or want a fresh take on a familiar classic, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2 is well worth the ride.
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