Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 (Nintendo Switch) Review

By Justin Prinsloo 28.11.2021

Review for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 on Nintendo Switch

Cubed3 scored Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 a solid 9/10 when it first came out on Xbox and PlayStation platforms in September 2020. On Sony's and Microsoft's consoles, the remake is a beautiful ode to the originals, which dropped in 1999 and 2000 respectively. With enhanced graphics and careful modernisation of the original material, the Pro Skater vibe once again stole hearts both old and new to the series. Now, it's made its way to the Nintendo Switch - a move that demonstrates Activision's desire to reinvigorate the classic skating genre across the board of modern consoles. Does this ambitious port deliver?

For those who played Pro Skater 1 + 2 when it came out last year, you'll be familiar with the impressive graphics and performance, alongside the riveting gameplay on the whole. Moving this wholesale to the Switch is a huge task, particularly considering that no content has been cut or altered. Porting it to Nintendo's console makes sense, though; the short and sweet skate tours make it the perfect experience for some on-the-go play.

It's a pleasure to confirm that it translates to the new platform as well as can be expected. The Switch version runs well both docked and in handheld, with no major stutters or distractions that detract from the experience. That's not to say noticeable sacrifices haven't been made to get it to run, as it suffers from occasional frame rate dips in busy areas, as well as blurred textures throughout. This makes it noticeably inferior, at least graphically, to the versions available on other platforms. Nevertheless, it's still smooth sailing aside from that, with some impressive load times to boot.

Screenshot for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 on Nintendo Switch

The downgraded graphics don't make it a worse experience by any means, however. Being able to play Pro Skater 1 + 2 in handheld is a major point in its favour. In fact, being able to take the remade Pro Skater experience mobile is well worth the graphical concessions. After all, it's these sacrifices that allow it to run, and it runs incredibly well considering that this is a full-fat Pro Skater experience on less powerful hardware.

The things that make Pro Skater 1 + 2 excellent are obviously still present: a killer soundtrack, responsive and intuitive controls, the meaningful sense of progression, and, most importantly, the near limitless content. The wealth of parks to conquer, as well as 21 professional skateboarders to individually level up and upgrade, give this title outstanding value for money. It's addictive, it's smooth and responsive, it's a blast.

Screenshot for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 on Nintendo Switch

Cubed3 Rating

9/10
Rated 9 out of 10

Exceptional - Gold Award

Rated 9 out of 10

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 on the Nintendo Switch is a fantastic port. Sure, it's graphically inferior and not as pretty to look at, but that's the only noticeable concession made to get it to run on Nintendo's beloved hybrid console. That's not to say it's being rendered in "potato mode," by the way - it still looks great for what it is, with each real-life skater clearly distinguishable despite the lower pixel count. With the outrageously impressive amount of content and extremely rewarding gameplay loop, there's nothing to stop this port being a solid recommendation for Switch owners.

Developer

Vicarious Visions

Publisher

Activision

Genre

Sport

Players

2

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  9/10

Reader Score

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