Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD (2012)

by Nish
5 minutes read


Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD revisits the iconic skateboarding action of the original games, updated with HD graphics and modern physics. While it celebrates the series’ legacy, its reception is a reminder of the challenges in remastering classics.


Rediscover the thrill of skateboarding with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, a nostalgic yet fresh take on the series that captivated a generation.


Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is a skateboarding video game, with an arcade-style emphasis on realism. The objective is to score points by successfully completing various skateboarding tricks such as grinds, flip tricks, and aerials. Performing several moves in succession without any pause results in a combo. The player’s score is multiplied by the number of tricks in the combo.

The gameplay does not feature any additional tricks or moves added to later games in the series. However, the ability to perform a revert, a trick which involves changing the direction of the board while keeping forward momentum, was added as part of the Pro Skater 3 downloadable content.

Players are also tasked with completing objectives in each level. These objectives reward players with points that can be spent to upgrade a character’s attributes. Objectives include achieving a set high score, collecting the letters S-K-A-T-E, and finding a hidden DVD within each level.

In addition to the main gameplay mode, other single and multiplayer modes are included. One such mode is Big Head Survival, where the player character skates with their head becoming gradually inflated. If the player’s head or balloon becomes too large it pops, ending the game. To keep the size down players must complete combos.

The game was released for Xbox 360 through Xbox Live Arcade on July 18, 2012, for PlayStation 3 through PlayStation Network on August 28, and Steam on September 18. However, the game was delisted from Steam and all other digital marketplaces on July 17, 2017.

In conclusion, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is a tribute to the early days of the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series, bringing back the classic gameplay and levels in high-definition. It offers a blend of nostalgia and new content, making it a must-play for fans of the series and newcomers alike.


Gameplay revolves around executing complex tricks and combinations in various skate parks and urban landscapes. Objectives range from achieving high scores to collecting specific items, with a focus on skill and precision.


Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is a mixed bag; while it successfully recaptures the essence of the original games for old and new fans alike, it falls short in execution. Despite its flaws, it remains a noteworthy attempt at revitalizing a beloved series.

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