From the moment the all-too-familiar Police
Truck plays, to the beginning of your romp through a warehouse in Chicago or a school
in Southern California, developers Neversoft and Activision bring you all the board-grinding
action of the skatepark to your Playstation. The legendary vert wizard Tony Hawk is front
and center in a game that took a look at sandbox and extreme sports gaming and in doing so,
elevated video gaming to a whole different level. A level that turned gaming from a nerdy
pastime to an activity that you could enjoy with family, friends, even girls that previously
were not exposed to gaming. Straight out of the halfpipe and onto a CD-ROM comes Tony
Hawk’s Pro Skater, the first and probably most popular edition of a creative and exciting
series that has seen the franchise reach heights that previously were not expected. Before
the release of THPS, skating games had already made their mark on the video gaming public
in the form of NES classic Skate or Die, but to say that it was successful is misleading,
although the game did receive a considerable cult following. But the style and fun factor
didn’t reach as far as it would have liked. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater picks up where these
games left off and performs at a fast, fun pace where you can pull off death-defying
gap grabs and ages-long rail grinds at the touch of the directional pad and the triangle
button, it just works. This game just oozes extreme flair and style, and with a short
learning curve and a whole repertoire of tricks to perform, you’ll start to realize that the
hours fly by when you’re trying to reach that elusive high score or hidden tape before the
clock runs out. Select a skater and a board, of which you can unlock more, and you’re turned
loose. Each level caters to both the vert and street style, but some have more halfpipes
and underground bowls or pools while others focus more on kickflips, grinds, and short
gaps. You are in charge of collecting tapes, which are earned by completing certain tasks.
Some tasks will bring out the best in your skating abilities, such as high score and
pro score, and will be easier to come by when you are earning multipliers from trick combinations,
including each skater’s special moves, which include backflips and variations on railgrinds.
Other tasks involve finding five things to break or knock over, including boxes and signs,
or the five letters that spell SKATE, which become more and more elusive as you advance
through each level. To overlook the musical selection in this game would be a crime. Tony
Hawk’s Pro Skater features 11 tracks of punk and alternative must-haves, and I can’t decide
whether my favorite tracks are Police Truck or Jerry Was A Racecar Driver. All songs are
so appropriate for this game that works like an interactive skate tape. Although its graphics
age as well as any Playstation game, this port comes with in-game music videos, full
song tracks, and better framerates than the N64 version, but the Dreamcast reigns supreme
in terms of presentation. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater is a game that simply should be on
the shelf of any fun-loving gamer. It’s in the top echelon in terms of fun factor and
extreme gaming, and answered the question of control of a skateboard with ingenious
trick design and a few simple button combinations.

CGRundertow TONY HAWK’S PRO SKATER for PlayStation Video Game Review
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65 thoughts on “CGRundertow TONY HAWK’S PRO SKATER for PlayStation Video Game Review

  • December 14, 2011 at 9:43 pm
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    first

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  • December 14, 2011 at 9:43 pm
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    Theres going to be a HD remake 😀

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  • December 14, 2011 at 9:57 pm
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    @DrNo0Entertainment1 I DONT THINK SOO

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  • December 14, 2011 at 10:04 pm
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    @iVoLTaGEii it still is pretty good i bought it a month ago and never played it before and it was amazing XD

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  • December 14, 2011 at 10:08 pm
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    Classic game, i played the hell out of this on release. It's just pure fun with tight controls and a brilliant rocking soundtrack.
    Dead Kennedys baby!!!

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  • December 14, 2011 at 10:11 pm
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    @sosbigote nope, I'm the first

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  • December 14, 2011 at 10:13 pm
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    @Theodosiou74 u mad bro?

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  • December 14, 2011 at 10:34 pm
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    Best one.

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  • December 14, 2011 at 10:39 pm
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    man i miss thps2 (remember the secret pole? NOSTALGA)

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  • December 14, 2011 at 10:44 pm
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    why is the dreamcast version better?

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  • December 14, 2011 at 10:47 pm
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    It's great to know that this and THPS 2 are being remade and re-released. I have so many fond memories of playing this game and it's gonna be great to revisit these classics! 🙂

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  • December 14, 2011 at 10:55 pm
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    gawd i loved this game back in the day me and my younger brother used to spend hours playing graffiti (i thinks that was the name of the game mode) it was the only game where he was actually better than me

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  • December 14, 2011 at 10:55 pm
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    "better framerates than the n64 version" uhm… no.

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  • December 15, 2011 at 12:09 am
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    THPSHD is going to be so fun. It's like my childhood: revisited!

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  • December 15, 2011 at 12:10 am
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    this game was the reason I started skateboard and I have skateboarding since

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  • December 15, 2011 at 12:41 am
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    Can't wait for THPS2XHD (it sounds just like THPS 2X for the Xbox)

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  • December 15, 2011 at 12:41 am
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    @KingDavid73 although, i'd rather have THPS3HD

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  • December 15, 2011 at 12:44 am
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    I played this game like a million hours, but I honestly don't remember any of the music. I never really thought about the music in any game unless it was a chiptune.

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  • December 15, 2011 at 1:31 am
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    @allancf703 better graphics, sounds, etc.

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  • December 15, 2011 at 2:53 am
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    The best song in this game has got to be Unsane-Commited

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  • December 15, 2011 at 3:43 am
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    @KingDavid73 seriously? i loved the music on the first couple of tony hawk games

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  • December 15, 2011 at 3:44 am
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    i put so many hours into this and the second game, i knew where everything was, including secret tapes, and yet even after i would beat it i didnt get bored of it

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  • December 15, 2011 at 4:35 am
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    Memories and stuff.

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  • December 15, 2011 at 4:43 am
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    @misereiko666 I thought American Wasteland was pretty decent but Project 8 and the rest of them sucked

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  • December 15, 2011 at 5:28 am
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    Dreamcast or GTFO. Definitely the best version of this game

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  • December 15, 2011 at 5:32 am
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    @KingDavid73 Not even when it is as good as Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VI, Shadow of the Colossus or the Metal Gear Solid series?

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  • December 15, 2011 at 5:48 am
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    Eric, the first Skateboarding game is called 720 degrees, and it was released in Arcades in 1986 by Atari/Midway (I played it on my Midway Arcade Treasures disc for PS2). Skate or Die on the NES didn't come out until after 720 degrees in 1987 for the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64. The NES version came out in 1990.

    Do SOME FREAKING RESEARCH!

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  • December 15, 2011 at 5:58 am
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    Also, the PlayStation version of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater is NOT a port. It released on that platform in 1999 (US) BEFORE the N64 version and that version came out in 2000 (US).

    Seriously dude, check your facts!

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  • December 15, 2011 at 6:47 am
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    2 best songs: Superman and Euro Barge

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  • December 15, 2011 at 7:46 am
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    The skateboard game to end all skateboard games.

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  • December 15, 2011 at 1:44 pm
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    I only had the demo to this game, and played it a million times.

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  • December 15, 2011 at 2:18 pm
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    @Josh2658 I'm not saying it's bad, and going back listening to it now (I popped it in yesterday), it is really good, I just didn't remember.

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  • December 15, 2011 at 2:19 pm
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    @fsmetal I'm not really a fan of 'epic' orchestral soundtracks. And games with 'real' songs I don't consider an accomplishment. I can make a good mix cd, too. Nobody pays me for that.

    Metal Gear Solid has some good music, though.

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  • December 15, 2011 at 3:25 pm
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    awesome review!
    Love this game! 😉

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  • December 16, 2011 at 5:01 pm
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    kareem campbell was my favorite skater this was the best of times where collecting SKATE, secret tape finding and points acheivements and contest of golden medals to unlock dick or private carrera in ps1 version i think in the rest to? lol but yea this was b4 thps games in later years sucks ass like tony hawk ride but thps2 kicked ass awhole lot more skate heaven please and holy shit spiderman

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  • December 16, 2011 at 8:47 pm
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    Thanks, you got me back into playing my old games! 🙂

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  • December 16, 2011 at 8:53 pm
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    i loved this game my favorite sports game ever

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  • December 17, 2011 at 1:13 am
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    best game in the series.

    i cant understand why they dont start making another THPS game. stop this realism. i want arcade action !!

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  • December 17, 2011 at 2:07 am
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    I think I like number 3 the best

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  • December 18, 2011 at 12:17 am
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    This game is the epitome of late 1990s culture.

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  • December 21, 2011 at 12:16 am
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    WEEW GOLDFINGER!

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  • February 21, 2012 at 3:36 am
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    This game was my childhood. 🙂

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  • April 10, 2012 at 2:30 am
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    what's up with the corny lingo in all of these videos?

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  • July 12, 2012 at 1:30 am
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    Jerry Was a Race Car Driver!!!

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  • July 17, 2012 at 6:47 am
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    Can't wait until Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD comes out on Wendsday on XBLA!

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  • July 31, 2012 at 11:46 am
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    -.- Because the Dreamcast is in the Video-Game-Generation after the Ps1. Like the Ps2

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  • August 12, 2012 at 2:27 pm
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    Cause here I a-am, doing everything I can, going on with what I have, PRETENDING I'M A SUPERMAN !

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  • September 4, 2012 at 6:02 pm
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    Well,duh. DC was a next gen console.

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  • September 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm
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    apparently there will be an HD version of THPS1 or 2 for the PS3!!!!!!!!! 😀

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  • December 1, 2012 at 8:44 pm
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    0:47 OMG NOSTALGIA JUST KICKED IN

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  • December 1, 2012 at 8:46 pm
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    2:37 Yeap, He's brazilian, 🙂
    and he's called Bob.. dafuq…

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  • May 12, 2013 at 9:40 am
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    ah…I remeber when I played this as a kid <3 🙂

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  • May 12, 2013 at 9:41 am
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    and I still have it all I need is a new ps2

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  • June 23, 2013 at 10:31 am
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    His name is Roberto

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  • August 9, 2013 at 9:01 pm
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    It played perfectly fine on a Dreamcast controller

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  • August 21, 2013 at 9:35 pm
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    I have the n64 version, It feels more streamlined than the ps1 version which i briefly have played. The ps1 version is clearer, but less consistant. But I had to play the n64 version on mute because the tracks were roughly 30 second to 1 minute snippets of tracks looped over and over…. and over… and over……. and over. Music and video is much easier to pull off on a CD format obviously. Cartridge space on the n64 wasn't one of the console's strongpoints unfortunately.

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  • January 10, 2014 at 12:32 pm
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    This game provided some of my favorite video gaming moments. The gameplay was fantastic and the music to go along with the gameplay was awesome. Sure, arcades at the time were my favorite gaming experiences, but as far as console gaming goes, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater gave me something I've never experienced before.

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  • September 29, 2014 at 9:14 pm
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    This game made me have a general love for rock music

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  • February 25, 2016 at 7:41 pm
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    Looks a lot better on Dreamcast

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  • September 7, 2016 at 1:36 pm
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    Remember when they use to advertise other games on the back of their covers? Good times

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  • September 20, 2016 at 10:41 pm
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    any know a legit site to buy a ps2

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  • October 11, 2016 at 5:32 am
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    the n64 version of this game may have the worst polygon count and texture smoothing but it did play the smoothest. i found the Dreamcast and ps1 versions really floaty, slow and laggy.

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  • April 27, 2017 at 1:28 pm
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    The memories I had with this game…. 🙂

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  • May 19, 2018 at 4:11 pm
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    Everyone seems to play as Bob Burnquist for some reason

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  • July 27, 2019 at 1:17 am
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    I actually liked THAW,Project 8 and THPG I don’t know why they get so much hate

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