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Is Tony Hawk 5 Really Bad, Or Is It Just Nostalgic Fun?

You know, I've often wondered:

Let's say a publisher brought back a beloved franchise. The series had gone astray and to rejuvenate it, developers opted to return to the roots of the IP and give gamers precisely what they remember. Only, of course, in updated fashion.

But what if the game wasn't updated enough? What if the new release played almost exactly like the old games but we're now realizing that old, clunky control wasn't very good at all? And just how important are graphics, really? Can we be honest? I think all these questions are coming to light now that we're starting to see a few reviews for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. Here's the one from Destructoid and the one from CheatCC. Both are pretty bad, especially the latter.

It's as if this game exists to remind us that in fact, the mechanics in games like the first few Tony Hawk installments weren't that amazing. At least, not by today's standards. Either that, or the controls and physics are actually worse in this new effort. Is that really the case or are we just forgetting that 1997 was a really long time ago and gaming was in a very different place? I know people who still go back and play those old classics; would those fans find THPS5 a slice of old-school heaven or would they be appalled? I wonder.

These questions are not rhetorical, by the way. I haven't played it; Activision didn't send out review copies for this game, I don't believe. And I think I know why.

Related Game(s): Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5

Tags: tony hawk pro skater 5, thps5, tony hawk ps4

9/30/2015 10:03:08 PM Ben Dutka

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Corvo
Thursday, October 01, 2015 @ 1:24:11 AM
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Underground was the best Skateboarding game and it was leagues better than whatever this new one is. I know they tried, but its like playing a bad version of Deadly Premonition.

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Godslim
Thursday, October 01, 2015 @ 10:04:10 AM
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Shame, I loved the psone games.

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Bio
Thursday, October 01, 2015 @ 11:57:02 AM
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The bad reviews for this game all seem to focus on the fact that it's a glitchy, buggy, broken mess. I watched Giant Bomb play the game for about 15 minutes, and saw the laws of physics arbitrarily change, including rotating centers of gravity that caused skaters to float across the screen, completely missing animations, characters sinking into the geometry, etc.

The problem has nothing to do with 'old school gameplay', and everything to do with the game not working. Before the 7.7GB day one patch (which is hilariously large since the data on the disc was only 4.6GB), the only thing you could do in the game was the tutorial, and the park creator. They literally had to patch in the entire game on day one, after everyone had already bought it.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, October 01, 2015 @ 12:58:11 PM

"and saw the laws of physics arbitrarily change, including rotating centers of gravity that caused skaters to float across the screen, completely missing animations, characters sinking into the geometry, etc."

And none of this was in the original PlayStation games?

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Bio
Thursday, October 01, 2015 @ 1:07:59 PM

I don't think I ever saw a skater in the original games go up a half pipe and then immediately start floating horizontally across the park, despite the fact that his momentum should have carried him up in the air.

I recall that in the original games, when you pulled an ollie to get on a rail, it actually showed the ollie, instead of you skating on the ground one instant, and then magically teleporting onto the railing the next.

I don't recall characters and their boards sinking into the ground, up to their hips, while skating.

I don't recall the original games shipping with 99% of the content missing.

So no, Ben, I don't think these and the other issues people are noticing were present in the original games. Had they been, I'm pretty sure the games would have scored significantly lower than 98 on Metacritic.

Go watch some of the videos of this game online. It's absolutely amazing that Activision ever let this out for release at all, given how broken it is.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, October 01, 2015 @ 9:43:45 PM

Don't lose your shit. It was just a question.

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Bio
Thursday, October 01, 2015 @ 9:47:45 PM

Not sure how answering your question civilly is 'losing my shit', but I'll try to keep it together, anyway :)

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Legendary Minja
Thursday, October 01, 2015 @ 1:51:34 PM
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I liked Aggressive Inline and SKATE, especially the fun stuff you could do to break bones lol. Good times!

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MasterLink008
Thursday, October 01, 2015 @ 8:56:39 PM
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EA, the stage is now PERFECTLY set for you and Skate 4...

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