Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 Demo Preview

Ned Jordan
In Short
Returning to the Warehouse for the first time in years.

This Friday, August 14th, those who've pre-ordered Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 (THPS) will be the first to get access to the game's first demo. Thanks to Activision, I was able to take it out for a ride a few days early and can give you a sneak peek at what to expect on Friday.

The demo consists of a single level, the classic Warehouse level from the original Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. Well, a rebuilt version of the original using the latest in graphics technology and this version of the Warehouse looks incredible. The level of detail is fantastic, from the texture of the mortar between the bricks forming the walls to the play of light streaming through the large windows onto the curves of the skate ramps. The level of detail extends to your skater, Tony Hawk himself in the demo, of course, not just in terms of the realistic textures and folds of the clothing or the details on the skateboard, but also to the fluid and lifelike animations as you pull off tricks throughout the Warehouse.

Here we go…

The demo gives you two minutes to pull off as many tricks as you can and build as high a score as possible - and the timer is kind enough not to cut you off in the middle of a combo. Once your time is up, you'll see a stats breakdown screen that will show you your best trick and combo scores and times and compare them to your all-time bests in each category. From there you can restart the level again as many times as you'd like.

This is a demo geared towards those who've played THPS in the past, because there's no tutorial or guide beyond the controller layout diagram in the options menu. I've played Tony Hawk games in the past, but it's been a while and my first few runs weren't too pretty. Eventually the old muscle memory started kicking in just like riding a bike and I soon began to perform tricks and combos without wiping out - at least too much. For a simple level there are a number of things to discover, like pipes coming out of the walls high up that you can grind or a gangway with windows that you can smash through.

Air Hawk

Most of the game's options are locked-out in the demo, but one that is available is the trick list editor. Here you'll find a full list of tricks available - THSPS veterans will certainly notice that this list is far more extensive than the one available in the original THPS and its Warehouse level. You can select up to five special tricks - three are set by default, but you can change those - and five more slots are there, but locked, so presumably you'll be able to set ten special tricks at some point in the full release. You can also customize all of the available grab, flip, and lip tricks, setting both the available tricks and the combos used to initiate them.

That's all that's available in the demo, but it provides just enough to whet your appetite for what's coming in the full release and to demonstrate that the game nails the graphics, controls, and tricks. The full game will launch on September 4th.

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Transmitted: 7/1/2022 2:57:26 PM