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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD

"There's a place where everybody can be happy, it's the most beautiful place in the whole fuckin world..."

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Bad Religion may not have been thinking of video games when they came up with those lines, but nevertheless they ring true as we return to the origins of the Tony Hawk series.

The question hovered in the air, much like Tony Hawk hovers in the midst of performing a 900 high above the ground. How does the pinnacle of the Tony Hawk series hold up ten years after its release? The answer is that it holds up tremendously well.

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To those of us who played the game back in 1999 until our thumbs were bleeding, perfecting runs as we collected the letters that made out SKATE, or chaining combos together for as long as we possibly could; the button combinations have been magically kept in our memories and it's both a beautiful and nostalgic experience to venture back. However, more importantly, it still holds up in this day and age, and a good effort has been made to adapt the experience.

The stars of that era have been aged in-game. Tony Hawk sports wrinkles, Rodney Mullen looks well past his best, but in order not to give the kids of today a scare, some younger and more current heroes including Nyjah Huston, Chris Cole, and Tony's son, Riley Hawk, have been included. The option of playing with your avatar is also there, and it actually works wonderfully well as the avatar is a surprising fit in the Tony Hawk world.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HDTony Hawk's Pro Skater HD

The career mode spans seven locations, with twelve skaters as well as your own, dollars to earn and levels to achieve. Naturally there is also an online leaderboard to climb, and without maxing out your skater you'll only have half the fun with the game.

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