Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 HD is almost a great Nintendo Switch game
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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater has always been a perfect fit for portable gaming devices. This was true even before laptops were powerful enough to replicate the original Tony Hawk’s 3D gameplay with GBA ports, and then complete recreations on Nintendo DS. So I was excited about the idea of ââTony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 HD on the Switch. And HD remakes look great on Nintendo’s handheld. It’s a great way to get into some on-the-go skateboarding action – with one serious flaw.
While controlling your skater feels nice and looks good, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 HD on Switch had an issue with load times. The initial charge in a level is not obvious. But the game fails to quickly reset a step if you select restart. It’s almost a cardinal sin for the Tony Hawk franchise.
It’s easy to get into a flow with these games where you often restart stages. And in previous games it was good, as a reboot took 1 or 2 seconds. On the Switch, these reloads are closer to 6 or 8 seconds. It’s a shame because everything else works and feels exactly the way I want it to.
THPS looks pretty good on Switch. The game is certainly a major downgrade from Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but it hits 30fps. And you probably won’t notice level details appear when the world is on the move.
And I can’t stress enough how Pro Skater feels during the game. The Switch’s tiny four-sided buttons work well for performing complicated series of turns, and unlike the GBA or DS, you also get the full soundtrack. .
The load times are disappointing, but it’s not enough to scare me into keeping a Tony Hawk in my pocket.
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