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