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With Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, NeverSoft has managed to encapsulate a true skateboarding experience within a finely crafted shell of convincing aesthetics, realistic audio, and intuitive game design. By striking a near perfect balance between realism and gameplay, the title manages to convey a genuine representation of the sport, whilst remaining both accessible and rewardingly complex at the same time. Combine this with a solid variety of one and two player game modes, and we have a title that deserves a spot in the game collection of anyone who enjoys a fast-paced, yet fulfilling experience.
The Video Game Critic
Oh yeah - this game rocks! Tony Hawk is the ultimate "extreme" game, with more attitude than all the others combined. And you don't need to know anything about the skateboarding to get hooked on this revolutionary game.
Skateboarding is fun, but skateboarding and pulling off dozens of insanely difficult combos and tricks with simple button pushes is even more fun. Tony Hawk definitely contributed all of what he knows that makes skating fun and incorporated it into a game that lets anybody feel like a professional skater. Neversoft also did an outstanding job on the graphics engine and animations for all the slick tricks you can pull off. Great graphics, great gameplay, great game.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater is phenomenal. It not only provides a fantasy outlet for all those joes like me out there who will just never be the greatest skater, or even very good, but it satisfies the true practitioners of the art in a way that no other skating game has.
All in all, Tony Hawk is an impressive tour-de-force in the skating arena. Competition like MTV Sports: Snowboarding, Trickstyle, and Thrasher: Skate and Destroy already have the bar set pretty high with this game. Who will bring the Hawk down? It's going to take a fairly high-flying predator to do the job.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater has just set the standard for skateboarding video games. Up until now, 720 held the throne. Since we're well past the 80's, it's about time we crowned a successor. It's a breath of fresh air to play such an entertaining and well done video game. Since I'm a fan of skateboarding, I truly appreciate the quality of work put into this product, but skaters and non-skaters alike will find this game a joy to play. Highly recommended.
Overall, this game is going to be played in my household for a hell of a long time, and I definitely recommend you purchase this one if you haven't already. If you like skateboarding, skating, watching people fall off buildings, playing chicken with trolleys, etc., this game is definitely for you!
NUKE Computer Gaming
While Tony Hawk's Skateboarding seems, on face value anyway, a game that would appeal mainly to h4rdc0r3 skateboarding fans, there's so much depth to this game you'd be a fool not to at least try it out. I'm far from a skateboarding fan, yet this game totally ate one of my weekends and I didn't even realise it. I put the game in the PlayStation on Friday night, and before I knew it work was calling me up on Monday morning, asking where I was.
Finally the replay value, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater features tons of replay value. 10 stages, 10 characters (plus a hidden one), Tons of modes to choose from as well as secret modes like S-K-A-T-E mode and Graffiti Mode, many accomplishments to achieve in Season mode, 2 player support, free roaming areas and so much more. We can summarize Tony Hawks Pro Skater as the Final Fantasy of Skate boarding games. Truthfully one of the best games the Playstation has to offer.
Neversoft made a game that came out at the right time. This was for the people that had passed on Half-Life and Starcraft, and even FFVIII. This was for the extreme sports junkie, but the premise was so addicting that even a casual gamer could enjoy this game. It got nominated for eighteen awards and it won three, including Best Sports Game and Best Music.
What can I say? Tony Hawk is the most superior skateboarding game I've ever seen or imagined, and it's got to be one of the most technically impressive games I've ever seen. With games like this coming out on PlayStation, there's no reason for anyone to think it's a dying system. Go and get one.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater is a game for skaters and nonskaters alike. Some may be initially turned off by the occasionally questionable physics, but this little slice of unreality brings a lot of gameplay fun along with it. It would have been nice to see some more variety in the game's tricks, but as it stands, THPS is an outstanding game and is a worthy addition to anyone's PlayStation collection.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater throws a little grit and wheel grease into the world of skateboarding games. No 'special effects' or 'power-ups' here - just realistic skateboard action. Since skateboarding is such a physically demanding sport, I hesitate to call Tony Hawk's Pro Skater a 'simulation,' although the 'sim' approach to physics and tricks is evident throughout. This is a welcomed change to the genre and a tribute to those who have worked hard to master the skateboard, while game developers play with the idea of 'hoverboards' and 'power-ups.'
Terrific soundtrack, great graphics, outstanding gameplay. Overall, a fantastic effort.
Tony Hawk‘s Skateboarding hat alles, was man von einem Titel dieses Genres erwartet. Super Gameplay,
eine Grafik, die immer wieder zum Hingucken einlädt, viele Secrets und Geheimpassagen. Daneben transportiert man eine unglaublich starke Motivation. Ehrlich gesagt, fallen mir nur zwei negative Dinge auf, die die Wertung etwa drücken. Zum einen wäre da der nur vertikal geteilte, etwas unübersichtliche Splitscreen. Und zum anderen: Wieso eigentlich Breakbeats zur genialen Mucke?
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
I’m giving a Reviewer’s Choice award to a skateboarding game. Those are words I never would have expected to hear coming out of my mouth, but it’s true. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater is a perfect example of the sadly untapped potential of some of the older gaming systems these days. Neversoft has been working with this console for years, and knows each and every trick and how best to incorporate them into the overall gaming experience. Not only have I never played a better skateboarding title on the PSX, but I don’t believe I’ve ever played a better skateboarding title ever, on any platform. I can very easily recommend this title to anyone who has ever had even the slightest interest in the sport or, for that matter, to anyone who owns a PlayStation and just wants to play a great game.
Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine (OPM)
It's not hard to say that Tony Hawk's Pro Skater is the best skateboarding game on the PlayStation. After all, it's only real competition so far is EA's yawn-inducing Street Sk8er, unless you count the skating segments in the Xtreme games (which I don't). But what if I told you Pro Skater is the best skating game on any system, ever? Yep, it's that good.
All in all, I had a blast playing Tony Hawk's. It was so easy to get into that I was almost fooled into thinking the real-life sport could be that easy. The few negatives I mentioned were not that big a deal. In fact, the graphical and aural issues I had may only annoy hardcore gamers who own every version of the game, and the repetitiveness may bother someone who is new to the sport to begin with. Still, they are there, but are dwarfed by the excellent gameplay and craftsmanship this game has. It's an excellent title all around.
Game Freaks 365
Neversoft and Activision helped bring skateboarding back into the mainstream in 1999 when they released Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. The game was far ahead of its time in many ways, introducing a new control scheme and game design that would be mimicked for more than half a decade to follow. Taking a look back, what made Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater so special?
Super Play (Sweden)
I mina ögon är dock Tony Hawk's Skateboarding ett väldigt bra spel, och ett utmärkt komplement till Street Skater. Ibland vill man köra seriöst, ibland vill man släppa loss.
Spel för Alla
Det här är det klart bästa och mest realistiska skateboardspel som gjorts, utan tvekan. Många spel i genren har genom åren passerat revy utan att lyckas skapa den där speciella känslan av fart, stämning och snygga vyer.
Au final, grâce à une musique vraiment fun, une multitude de missions qui changent de la course pure, Tony Hawk's Skateboarding se trouve être un très bon jeu de skateboard. Des graphismes jolis et rapides continue d'assurer la qualité du soft. Heureusement pour lui, le manque de crédibilité du modèle physique est pallié par le gain de gameplay qu'il provoque.
Je hoeft geen skater te zijn om met plezier op de blank van Tony of een van zijn negen collega's te gaan staan. Binnen no-time doe je de ziekste truuks, de vetste airs en de gruwelijkste grinds.