Our take on the new Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD. Long live Chad Muska.
Let’s go ahead and get the “genuine critical assessment” out of the way so I can talk about my feelings. The controls on this lag something tremendous, the physics in the game make absolutely zero sense, and the level selection—maps culled from the first two games in the series—seems to have gone into my memory and recovered all the places I strongly, strongly disliked as a youth. On top of that, THPSHD helps serve as a reminder that Tony Hawk was always the worst part of his own games; because they threw you into environments where the world was your canvas, but Tony, both in-game and IRL, only excelled at tricks on half-pipes. It might be an unreasonable gripe, but if I’m buying a game I want to want to be the person on the box, not to have to shuffle around looking for Chad Muska.