What's a good game to play when you have a long weekend at home and everyone's in quarantine? Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, of course. If ever there was a comfort game for me, it'd be Pro Skater. Really any of the first four games in the series would fall into this comfort zone. But I tend to gravitate towards 2 and 3 most of the time, and I've been trying to give my N64 some more love lately, so I've been playing through the first cart this weekend.
When it comes to the series, there's no doubt that the first game is slightly rough around the edges. It's certainly not as refined as the follow-ups. But it's no slouch by any means. Sure, the manual hasn't been introduced yet. But it's still a damn fine game. FUN as ever.
I'm amazed that after so many years I'm still able to pick this one up and remember where most of the hidden tapes are or things like that. Though I'm a bit rusty. Getting those high score tapes are taking me a little longer than they would in the sequels.
The game LOOKS great, though. It looks a lot better than the original PS1 game did, that's for sure. Though it can still play a little choppy at times. I find myself under- or over-shooting some landings. Oh well. Growing pains, I suppose.
The soundtrack was always a high point, and these tunes are forever iconic to me. It's weird that a Primus song would be so fitting in a video game, but here we are.
I'm currently up to the Burnside skate park and having a blast. I never cared much for the Downhill Jam level, but beyond that I feel like the levels are really solid.