As a young child, I came to master the performance art that is skateboarding; I could kick-flip, ollie, and grind with the best of them, but, alas, there was one problem with my accomplishments: they weren’t real. In fact, everything I mentioned above happened in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, a classic game that took a niche concept and turned it into a mainstream success. Since the franchise’s golden age, it has diverted wildly from the tropes that had made it a household name; however, today, the series reverts to its old ways as Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is now available on the Xbox Live Arcade.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is, as the name implies, a remake of the title that turned couch potatoes into sporting icons. As such, the game includes seven levels, eight characters, original challenges, and half of the soundtrack that helped to birth one of the fifth console generation’s most prominent franchises. Also included are four online-multiplayer modes, new songs, and the ability to share scores on Facebook. The experience will expand soon as Activision has announced its plans to release downloadable content, a package that includes stages from Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3, new characters, and more features soon to be announced.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is now available on the Xbox Live Arcade for 1200 Microsoft Points ($15). At an undisclosed point in the future, the game will also make its way to the PlayStation Network and Steam.