Could this be a comeback for Tony Hawks?
The Tony Hawk series seeks a first class ticket to a resurrection, with Pro Skater 5 set to bring back the series from the brink. Pro Skater 5 lets current-gen console players compete with up to 20 friends per session through its online multiplayer. This feature is absent from the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, resulting in them being retailed at a lower price.
Pro Skater 5 also lets players build and share skateparks from up to 250 objects, with players able to download and play through other parks. These custom skateparks will be judged by “pros in the game”.
The game promises a return of the classic combo-driven skateboarding that was signature to the series, mixing objective-based single-player missions with the ability to jump in and out of over 80 missions across nine environments.
For those who can’t be bothered with yet another time-sink of a character creation system, players can choose from ten of the world’s most famous skaters: Tony Hawk, Nyjah Huston, Riley Hawk, Aaron “Jaws” Homoki, Lizzie Armanto, Leticia Bufoni, Chris Cole, David Gonzalez, Andrew Reynolds, and Ishod Wair.
Given that the series has been down in the dumps, with the previous games: the abhorrent Shred, and the perfunctory 2012 HD remake of the first Pro Skater, doing nothing to clean the games' tainted reputation. Could Pro Skater 5 be enough to let the series 360 varial McTwist its way to greatness? Only if it keeps the crisp, clean gameplay the series was formerly known for, letting players twist and grind their way to grimy godhood.