#129 Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2

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  • Original release year: 2000
  • Consoles: PS1, N64, Dreamcast, Windows, Mac OS, XBox

In the 90s, Skateboarding wasn’t massively cool. It was mostly viewed as being “something for kids” or occasionally it was just something that a very niche audience of “scruffy, up to no good teenagers” did.

Then all of a sudden, there was a massive resurgence and fucking everyone was skateboarding. The kid over the road, everyone in school, students at university, your mum, even your nan; they were all fucking doing it.

Why? Because of this game right here.

Every now and again, a game comes along and truly changes the landscape of gaming. We’re talking a huge revolutionary video game here and Tony Hawk Pro Skater was one of those. Nowadays, it’s hard to imagine a skateboarding or BMXing or whatever game being so huge or so important, but that’s because it all began with Tony Hawk. Before that, skateboarding games either sucked or they were just nothing like Skateboarding at all.

100 percent the game and you unlock Spiderman.
100 percent the game and you unlock Spiderman.

Tony Hawk Pro Skater had you grinding like a boss, pulling off tricks and combos off ramps, using half pipes and doing so across some phenomenally well designed skate parks and outside environments. It made you feel like a Skateboarding pro. Pro Skater 2 took everything that made its predecessor so great and basically just timed it by a million. It added the manual trick to make forming large combos easier and had some fantastic, huge areas to skate it. The school was a highlight for example. What was awesome too, was all the hidden areas you could unlock in each level. Like in the school level, there was a way to get inside and skate inside the gym etc.

What was great too was the create a skater mode, which allowed you to try and create yourself or just something completely insane. Then you could take your created skater and go through the game’s career mode, which was brilliant. Each level was made up of all these fun challenges that just so much fun to try and do and the more you completed, the more stuff you unlocked and more money and experience points you got to improve your skater.

Besides the Career mode, the general score attack modes were brilliant and addictive, with my friends and I often spending hours trying to beat each other’s high scores. There was also a decent track designer to try and make your own levels. It is primitive by today’s standards, but was unheard of in console gaming back when the game was released.

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 is one hell of a game and is still my favourite game in the series (although you can’t really go wrong with 1-4). If you’re wondering which is the best version, I’ve owned the PS1 and Dreamcast versions and the latter was superior, at least graphically. I can’t comment on the other versions I’m afraid, but I’m sure it’s great whatever console you play it on.

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5 thoughts on “#129 Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2

  1. It was immense on the PS2. Can’t believe you didn’t mention the soundtrack though! The first ever game to actually have a GOOD soundtrack! Perhaps the only one is history to have a GREAT one!

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    1. FFS I’m actually annoyed I didn’t mention the soundtrack! How did I forget to do that? I agree, it was great. I forget what was on there though. I think I remember Bring the Noise (Anthrax), You (Bad Religion) etc.?

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      1. A Bodyjar track, Ace of Spades, damn, I can’t even remember myself, I just remember that it was great! With later THPS games, I had an Xbox and could replace the soundtrack with my own library so I don’t know what they had, but THPS2 had some banging tunes for a game,

        Just found the soundtrack on Wiki:

        1. “Guerrilla Radio” Rage Against the Machine 3:26
        2. “You” Bad Religion 2:05
        3. “Bring the Noise” Anthrax featuring Chuck D. of Public Enemy 3:34
        4. “When Worlds Collide” Powerman 5000 2:57
        5. “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” Naughty by Nature 3:47
        6. “Blood Brothers” Papa Roach 3:34
        7. “B-Boy Document 99” The High and Mighty featuring Mos Def & Mad Skillz 3:54
        8. “Heavy Metal Winner” Consumed 2:29
        9. “Cyclone” Dub Pistols 3:34
        10. “Five Lessons Learned” Swingin’ Utters 1:55
        11. “Subculture” Styles of Beyond 3:31
        12. “No Cigar” Millencolin 2:43
        13. “Out with the Old” Alley Life featuring Black Planet 3:48
        14. “May 16” Lagwagon 2:57
        15. “Evil Eye” Fu Manchu 3:30

        and THPS3:
        The Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop
        Red Hot Chile Peppers – Fight Like A Brave
        KRS One – Hush
        Motorhead – Ace Of Spades
        Rollins Band – What’s The Matter Man
        House Of Pain – I’m A Swing It
        Xzibit – Paparazzi
        Ozomatli – Cut Chemist Suite
        Alien Ant Farm – Wish
        Redman – Let’s Get Dirty
        Del Tha Funky Homosapien – If You Must
        AFI – The Boy Who Destroyed The World
        Reverend Horton Heat – I Can’t Surf
        Adolescents – Amoeba
        CKY – 96 Quite Bitter Beings
        Zebrahead – Check
        Guttermouth – I’m Destroying The World
        Nextmen – Amongst Madness
        Bodyjar – Not The Same
        Mad Capsule Markets – Pulse

        It’s actually THPS3 that I remember, I stand corrected, that soundtrack is killer, but looking through and playing the songs from THPS2 that is also killer, especially for a game from the early 00s!

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  2. Ah thanks. That brings back so many memories. Both 2 and 3 were killer games and had amazing soundtracks.

    I also recommend Aggressive Inline which, whilst cashing in on the success of Tony Hawk, was also very awesome in its own right (and also had a great soundtrack). It also introduced the more ‘open’ gameplay style that Tony Hawk 4 went on to do.

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