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Does Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 have anything other than retro appeal?

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Darryn has been waxing lyrical about Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 for a while now. He keeps trying to convince all of us that it’s going to be an awesome game. Then again, he also thinks KFC dunked wings and mash are real food. Beyond his questionable taste, though, I have been wondering if Tony Hawk will really be as cool as he says. He kept saying the new Guitar Hero was great and when I got to go hands on with it, I agreed. But footage of Tony Hawk has me thinking otherwise.

Here is some actual multiplayer gameplay of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5:

So, the graphics aren’t as bad as they looked in previous screen shots. Still, the various textures are rather underwhelming and I don’t like that grinding on rails as compared to fountain lips seems to feel the same. Most worrying, though – through that entire gameplay video, not once did two players collide. There were a few close calls, but it all seemed a bit too scripted. Will there be epic fails in the new Tony Hawk? Can you enjoy watching your player character (Skatatar?) do a move that would break every bone in his or her body? It’s not that Tony Hawk was ever a ridiculously challenging skate game – it was meant to just be silly fun that becomes ridiculously addictive. However, with the processing power of the newer consoles and PCs, I think my standards have become higher than this.

Does the retro call of Tony Hawk still reach out to you, or does it just seem like too little, too late from the skating game?

Last Updated: September 22, 2015


  1. (Umar) Must be Cipher

    September 22, 2015 at 14:13

    Looks like a budget title…..Hope it’s good.


  2. Grand Admiral Chief

    September 22, 2015 at 14:13

    Get rid of the MP and MT’s


  3. Sageville

    September 22, 2015 at 14:24

    I loved the previous TH games.

    But I’m not moved to waste money of this title.


  4. Brady miaau

    September 22, 2015 at 14:28

    It was fun to watch my housemate play it back in the day.

    So, no. And the game looks, um, flat. Boring.


  5. Kromas untamed

    September 22, 2015 at 14:35


    Sounds like if Scatman and the alien chic from avatar had a lovechild.


  6. The Sten

    September 22, 2015 at 14:43

    I need an online GTA crossover mode where you get to ride all these annoying kids over with a bus.


  7. Matthew Holliday

    September 22, 2015 at 14:51

    flaming wheels, sparkly wheels, wings, 2m high ollies, 100m air off a 2m high half pipe and graphics that make me feel like im playing a skating expansion for Sims 4.
    i know THPS was never about realism, but really…

    mostly i just dont think this game has any cool factor at all.
    watching that trailer felt very similar to going to boogaloos on a saturday afternoon, watching the 10 year olds who have only just learned to stand, getting pulled along by mommy.


  8. Galbedir

    September 22, 2015 at 14:59

    Looks like same controls as old THPS…Sorry but since Skate 3…I could never go back to those terrible TH controls…


  9. Ross Woofels Mason

    September 22, 2015 at 15:06

    Personally I think they haven’t gone loopy enough with this. Skate has been absent for awhile because hey E.A, but I think Tony Hawk has the right idea not trying to compete with that.

    This though just looks a-little to eh, give me a trailer with someone doing a 1080 mc twist over an elephant ontop of a 50 story building and then we are talking =p.

    Over all though I think this game will be enjoyable and probably fun at parties but it isnt going to be the skating game everyone has been wanting.


  10. GooseZA

    September 22, 2015 at 15:25

    I played THPS2 to death and loved it.

    That said, all I want is a new Skate. That franchise kicked the pants off of THPS in my opinion.


    • Grand Admiral Chief

      September 22, 2015 at 15:47

      Yeah man, THPS2 gave me so much awesome times when I was a young’un


  11. Bellefs

    September 22, 2015 at 17:19

    Skate 4 needs to happen


  12. James Lewis Pilley

    September 23, 2015 at 00:28

    Looks weak. The Skate series picked up where THPS left off. We are seriously back tracking. Also, It looks late ps2 early ps3


  13. Vor

    September 29, 2015 at 18:56

    If “retro” is the biggest selling point, I want to pay a “retro” price. I feel like it’s my duty as a gamer to refuse to buy it at that price point out of protest.

    I’m curious to know how this went so terribly wrong. They didn’t have to re-invent the wheel. THPS has been the same since day one. All it needed were some beautiful, detailed levels (of next-gen quality) that have life and interaction and it would have been awesome.


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