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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Iconic skateboarding game is back with new bag of tricks.

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age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

Relive a classic with your children

My age recommendation may be a bit young but in my opinion, the ability to remove any song you believe inappropriate from the song playlist makes this a kid friendly skating game.

Is It Any Good?

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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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