"Pretending I'm a Superman!"
Back when I used to do reviews for GameSages in the late 90’s (an IGN affiliated web site that was, at the time, the Internet’s largest code database), I was able to obtain a reviewable copy of what was touted as a groundbreaking video game. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater reintroduced gamers to skateboarding in the video game realm with one of the most well structured sports titles ever, that stands up extremely well even in today’s crowded skateboarding sub-genre. Superb, finely detailed graphics with smooth animation helps immerse gamers, while the stellar controls not only offers a myriad of combinations that could be performed, but it plays like a dream, once you get your bearings. Each stage offers plenty of locations to grind off of, perform sick tricks and fulfill other stage sensitive activities. THPS also contains one of the most solid and fitting soundtracks ever, with no duds to be found. Grinding through each stage to Goldfinger’s Superman will never get old, never get tiresome. About the only botch to the experience comes from the voices, which sound generic on each bail, though it’s not necessarily a crippling problem, and does not adversy affect your enjoyment. While the franchise has steadily slid downhill with its recycled aspects, broken concepts and unnecessary peherials, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater on the Sony PlayStation is that one skateboarding title that manages to not only stand the test of time, but remind us of how prominent this franchise once was. One of the best 32 bit titles ever, and one of the most replayable video games to have ever been released.