Every now and again a game comes along that captures an entire generation and at the turn of the millennium, that game had to be Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.
Tony Hawk’s was a real party game, a social experience as well as an entertaining solo game.
Whether you were at school, college or university you would gather around the Playstation with your mates and try to outdo each other with the most ridiculous combos you could pull off.
What Was Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater All About
As the name suggests Tony Hawk’s was a skateboarding game.
You took control of a legendary skater and performed tricks in a number of different levels to earn points.
Whilst that may sound kind of fun but a bit boring it really wasn’t.
The levels design was superb and the gameplay was so over the top it just blew you away.
The reason it was so fun and addictive to play was down to the completely unrealistic abilities of the skaters.
All the tricks were based on real moves but you could combine them in completely insane ways that defied any realistic possibilities.
Not only could you spin in crazy ways you could then land straight into a grind that real skaters could only dream of.
As well as the exaggerated physics you could also smash through windows, bins and bus stops.
The level of destruction only added to the appeal as we got to do things we only really dreamed of when really out skating.
We mentioned the levels and each one had its own unique characteristics.
Whether you were destroying a shopping mall, cruising around a high school or tearing up Area 51 every level felt different and came with its own challenges.
In single-player mode you had to collect cassette tapes which could be hidden anywhere in the level but were often in seemingly impossible to reach places.
The constant challenge of trying to find them and get them in the two-minute time limit kept you entertained for ages.
It was always a real rush when you smashed through something unexpected and ended up in an area you didn’t know was there which often happened when trying to reach some of the harder tapes.
Cast Of Legends
The skaters featured in the game were all legends and the best in the business at the time.
Not only could you play as Tony Hawk himself but you could also play as Bob Burnquist, Kareem Campbell, Rune Glifberg, Bucky Lasek, Chad Muska, Andrew Reynolds, Geoff Rowley, Elissa Steamer or Jamie Thomas
If you were into Skating at the time then these would have been your idols but they were soon to become household names as almost everyone who owned a Playstation would discover them.