Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater is a skateboarding video game series. The character of the game is a professional skateboarder Tony Hawk. It was published by Activision, the series was originally developed for home consoles by Neversoft form launch to 2007, but Activision transferred the franchise to Robomodo in 2008.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game series is composed of total 19 games including spin-offs and remakes. In this article, you will only learn about the main series of the game from 1999 to 2005. Get ready to be amazed by the most popular and best-selling video game.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game series is can be played on the following platforms: PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo 64, GameCube, Wii, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Dreamcast, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Macintosh, N-Gage, iOS, and Android. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater was first released on August 31, 1999. Let’s take a look on the journey of Tony Hawks’ as a professional skater in the gaming industry.
The game is a mixture of performing combine aerials, flips, and grinds with successful executions adding to the player’s score. Time plays a major role in this game. The limit of the trick is based on time maintained, degrees rotated, number of tricks performed in sequence, and the number of times the tricks have been used.
Keep in mind, the more you use a trick the less it’s worth. As you can see, the game is kinda being about ‘trickster’. Successful tricks also add to the player’s special meter, once full, allows for the execution of signature moves also known as special tricks which are worth a great deal more than normal tricks. Be very careful, falling off the skateboard causes bad landing, no points to be awarded for the tried trick and reset the special bar in order to empty. The game was specially designed for platforms – PlayStation, Nintendo 64, GBC, Dreamcast, N-Gage.
You can also play levels that have been unlocked in Career Mode in Single Session. Where you need to get as high of a score as possible in two minutes, or Free Skate, where there is no limit of time. In Career Mode, you will have five tapes known as objectives to score in six of the nine levels. You have only two minutes in which you need to score an objective after which your run ends. It is not important to get every given tape/objective in a level in one run, as individual objects are marked off once completed. You will obtain two of the tapes by reaching set scores, in each level.
One tape is obtained by collecting the five letters to spell ‘SKATE’, while the other is hidden which you must find by looking in isolated areas, and the last tape requires varies from level to level but always involves doing something to five objects. Further levels are competitive, where your goal is to receive a gold, silver, or bronze medal by ranking higher than the rest of the skaters.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (1999)
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater is a skateboarding-simulation video game. It was released in UK, Australia, New Zealand and in Europe as Tony Hawk’s Skateboarding. The game was specially released for PlayStation on August 31, 1999. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater takes place in a three-dimensional environment filled by an ambiance of rock and hip-hop music.
You take control of a variety of famous skateboarders and complete missions by performing skateboarding tricks in order to collect objects. As I mentioned earlier, this game offers several modes of gameplay. Career Mode, free-play mode, and multiplayer mode. In Career Mode, you must complete given objectives and change their character’s attributes. The free-mode offers you to play without any objection to complete, the multiplayer mode that challenges a number of competitive games.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (2000)
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 is the second installment in the Tony Hawk’s series of sports games. It was first released for the PlayStation in 2000. Pro Skater 2 with the subsequent ports to the Microsoft Windows, Game Boy Color, and Dreamcast. In 2001, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 was ported to the Mac OS, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 64, and Xbox. The game was later ported to Windows Mobile and Windows Phone devices and to iOS devices.
Some updates have been made with this installment of Tony Hawk’s series, although it uses the same engine as its ancestors while improving the graphics, and with the gameplay also with the introduction of manuals and card rewards.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 (2001)
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 is the third installment in the Tony Hawk’s video game series. The game was specially made for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation, Game Boy Color and GameCube. Later it was also published by Activision for Xbox, Game Boy Advance, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 64 and Mac OS. The game was the first to be released for the PlayStation 2 supporting online play. This is a fact, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 and Grand Theft Auto III hold an average critic score of 97/100, making them the most-rated video game of PlayStation 2 of all times.
Several new updates were introduced in Pro Skater 3. There are much more modes of gameplay than previous games. Multiplayer, Revert, Hidden combos, Lip/Rail Balance Bar, Big drop removal, Pedestrians, Custom female skaters, and Control Zone multiplayer game. Let me give you a little scenario of each feature I mentioned above.
Multiplayer, Pro Skater 3 stands for being the first title to have online capabilities. You can connect with each other online but on the PlayStation 2 version. Revert, one of the most important moves in the series, trick that enabled vert combos to be tied together, by tapping a button when landing in a quarterpipe. Hidden Combos, changes of standard tricks that can be performed as flip, manually and grind tricks. Lip/Rail Balance Bar, Pro Skater 3 has something special for you, a balance bar for lip tricks. Big Drop removal, a very first game in the series of Tony Hawk that doesn’t feature Big Drop. Pedestrians, introduction to pedestrians. Custom female skater, create custom female skaters. Lastly, Control Zone is an exclusive Pro Skater 3 game type which didn’t appear in previous games.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 (2002)
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 or better known as THPS4. It is the fourth installment in the Tony Hawk’s video game series. The game was designed for the GameCube, PlayStation, Xbox, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, Mac OS, and Microsoft Windows.
Modernism everywhere, the evolution of THPS4 brings some great features to the gameplay. New Career Mode, Money system, Pro Trick Objects, Animals, Double-tap flips/grabs, Skitching, Level Out, Spine transfer, Manual/lip/grind extensions, Wallplant, Powerslide, and Dropdown.
Tony Hawk’s Underground (2003)
The fifth installment in the Tony Hawk’s series is Tony Hawk’s Underground. The game was published by Activision in 2003. Specially developed for the GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox versions, Microsoft Windows versions, that was released in Australia and New Zealand. The Game Boy Advance adaptations were developed by Vicarious Visions and mobile version by Jamdat.
The gameplay is pretty much same as previous games, however, Underground does have some new features such as customization, which allows the player to create a custom character other than selecting a professional skater. The player will explore levels and completes goals while performing tricks. By the word ‘Underground’, it has been clear that the ability for players to descend their boards and explore on foot. The gameplay follows the player character and their friend Eric Sparrow as the two become the professional skater and grow apart.
Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 (2004)
Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 is the sixth installment in the Tony Hawk’s video game series, also known as THUG2 was released on 4 October 2004. The game was released for PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox, Windows, Game Boy Advance, and was also released as a mobile game. For PSP, it was later re-released and remade.
Tony Hawk’s series follows pretty much similar gameplay, the only difference is new upgrades in each installment. In THUG2 gameplay is about a player skates around in a 3D environment modeled after various cities and attempt to complete goals. You have been given tasks that needed to be done, most tasks are consists of skating on or over various objects, resulting in performing combos. Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 gameplay features the Focus Ability, the Natas Spin, and the Freak Out. There is something special in each feature.
Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland (2005)
the Seventh installment of Tony Hawk’s series is Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland, a video game that has been released specially for PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360, GameCube and PC. In this game, the bicycle riding is also introduced aside from skateboarding. The game was released on October 2005.
As you can see the journey of Tony Hawk’s is being modernized by adding new features. It is the first game of Tony Hawk’s series that advertised and allowed the possibility for players to play in one vast level narrated as a story. As I mentioned earlier that this is the first game that introduces bicycle riding, you can freely activate stray bicycle and perform stunts similar to skateboarding. A new way to show your skills is Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland, a new maneuver, the Bert Slide, was also added to skateboarding controls. A map is shown that displays American Wasteland’s Los Angeles with an insert of an overhead view of the Boston stage form Underground 2 for comparison. With the exception of the ‘Vans Skatepark’ and ‘Casino’ areas, the Boston level appeared to be about three quarters the size of one American Wasteland area.
Tony Hawk’s Project 8 (2006)
Tony Hawk’s Project 8 also known as THP8 is the eighth installment in the Tony Hawk’s series, released for PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360, and PS3 in November 2006. The game was given name ‘Project 8’ because it features as competition in the storyline also as you can see it is the eighth game in the main series of Tony Hawk games.
Let me give you a little scenario of the game. The game begins in the custom skater’s hometown in Suburbia. Tony Hawk created a team, after breaking out into the main streets. The team was given a name ‘Project 8’ that comprises eight skaters. Improve your ranking in the game, play and complete challenges, goals that will increase your ranking instantly.
Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground (2007)
Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground developed and designed for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 36, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, and Wii. It is the ninth installment in the Tony Hawk’s video game series, released on October 2007. It was then the Tony Hawk’s franchise transferred to Robomodo. Hence, it is the final game in the series developed by Neversoft. The game was considered as the last game of the main series of Tony Hawk’s until Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 was released in 2015.
Tony Hawk: Ride (2009)
Meet Tony Hawk: Ride or better known as THR is basically a spin-off of the Tony Hawk video game series. Tony Hawk: Ride is available on platforms such as Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game was developed by Robomodo. The Wii version was marketed by Buzz Monkey. The game was published by Activision and distributed by Activision Blizzard. Allow me to give you a little scenario of the game.
Tony Hawk: Ride or THR game is pretty interesting to play. Gameplay will allow give you access to all new skateboard-based peripheral to simulate the riding like an actual skateboard. You are not allowed to use hand-controller, it also considered as the most dramatic change in Tony Hawk franchise. In the gameplay of past games, a lot of ‘button mashing’ was used. Learn to use these three levels of difficulty while using the skateboard controller, Casual, Confident, and Hardcore. Here is what they did in Tony Hawk: Ride, no walking is available in Tony Hawk: Ride, unlike the past installments of Tony Hawk games.
Furthermore, ‘Nail the trick’ feature that was introduced in Tony Hawk’s Project 8 and Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground is no longer in Tony Hawk: Ride. The story of the game follows a ‘Road Trip’ where you will starts in Southern California by default and travels through the World.
Tony Hawk: Shred (2010)
The eleventh installment in the Tony Hawk series is Tony Hawk: Shred, released on October 2010, also known as a successor to Tony Hawk: Ride. You will experience a peripheral-based, motion controlled skateboarding. In Tony Hawk: Shred game introduces a ‘Snowboarding’ mode also a ‘Surfing’ mode. Tony Hawk himself announced of Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD later in 2012.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 (2015)
Looks like we’ve come to an end of the main series of Tony Hawk video game. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, released on September 2015. Also known as THPS5, meet the 10th major title for the Tony Hawk game series, developed by Robomodo. Firstly, it was available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later was also released on Play Station 3 and Xbox 360. The very first game to be developed by Robomodo is Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 or THPS5.
So this was the journey of Tony Hawk from 1999-2015. As I mentioned earlier, I explained only main-series of the Tony Hawk franchise. I hope you enjoyed this article.
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