Activision Blizzard have announced that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 is the fastest selling game in the THPS series.
The recently released remake, which crams in both Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and its sequel, has already heelflipped its way past the one million copies milestone.
Once again Activision have been rewarded for dipping into their back catalogue and reanimating older games. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy was a huge success for the publisher, selling 2.5 million copies in three months, more than tripling that just seven months later.
— Activision Blizzard (@ATVI_AB) September 14, 2020
Following 2015’s much maligned Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 (which scored a dismal 3/10 in Aran’s review) there was an understandable air of scepticism surrounds the 1 + 2 remakes. However, developer Vicarious Visions have pulled it out of the bag, the game sitting on a triumphant OpenCritic average of 90 – making it one of the best rated video game launches of 2020.
Thomas was overjoyed to revisit both games in his review of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2, awarding it a 10/10. Here’s what he had to say:
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+ 2 is a labour of love and an ode to the series’ glory days. Every inch of the game has been perfectly restored and updated for modern consoles and it’s an absolute delight to play from start to finish. This is a must-buy for skateboarders, gamers and everyone else in between.
For years skateboarding fans have been clamouring for new video games in the popular sporting sub-genre. After a disappointing dry patch, it seems that multiple studios are now closing in with the intention of bringing skateboarding back into the mainstream.
Those searching for a more serious skateboarding experience may want to try their hand at Session which Thomas previewed last year. In a similar vein, we also have this year’s Skater XL from Easy Day Studios. Once again, Thomas was waiting to pounce on this new contender, coming away mostly impressed with its trick system yet noting a lack of content.
Of course, there’s Skate 4 too. It will likely be a long, long time before we see the sequel in action but at least EA have finally confirmed its existence!