Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD DLC ReviewDecember 13, 2012
Fans have been anticipating the arrival of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD’s first DLC since August. Was it worth the wait?
Robomodo’s recent Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD relied heavily on 90s nostalgia, but it was a fun trip down memory lane, earning 4 out of 5 stars in our review. Although the updated hi-res visuals and refined gameplay (taken straight from Neversoft’s original source code) combined to make the game feel fresh again, gamers didn’t like the lack of levels on offer – though for the $15 price point, it was hard to complain.
Activision and Robomodo have been hyping up Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD’s Revert Pack DLC since August. Originally, the DLC would only allow the Revert move to be used in the three planned DLC levels: Airport, Los Angeles, and Canada. After numerous delays, the Revert was patched into all levels for free, and now the DLC is finally here. Was it worth the wait?
At a price point of $5, the DLC offers the aforementioned three levels, new playable characters in the form of Steve Caballero, Geoff Rowley, and James Hetfield and Robert Trujillo from Metallica. You also get Metallica’s track “All Nightmare Long” in the soundtrack, but you still can’t skip or choose songs- a pretty big oversight.
I’m not sure if this first Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD DLC pack will also be its last, given how long it took to surface. If that is in fact the case, I’m a bit disappointed by the choice of levels and “novelty” skaters. There’s nothing wrong with the three levels chosen per se, but they have already been remade in a past game (Tony Hawk’s Underground 2), and with the myriad levels to choose from, I don’t know why Robomodo didn’t opt for a bit of originality. I like Metallica just fine, but I was really hoping that the new 2012 version of Spider-Man would be in here, given his popularity in the original Tony Hawk, and the fact that Activision still owns the Spider-Man license- they even had a well-received Spidey game this year. I believe they hold the X-Men license as well, so THPS 3’s Wolverine could have came back. It just feels like a missed opportunity. Still, it is cool to grind through levels as the famous Metallica rockers.
The levels themselves are the main meat of this DLC, and they are indeed fun to play, just like they were in the past. These stages have of course never looked better, minus the fact that they are strangely devoid of any real population. I think I spotted two people standing in a corner on the Canada level. I know modern gaming systems can handle a few more character models; unfortunately, as it stands, all Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD’s levels feel like abandoned ghost towns. Graphically, Canada probably fares best; the outside snowy environment looks splendid in HD. Airport, Canada, and Los Angeles are definitely welcome additions for those who have played THPS HD’s main levels to death. Unfortunately, there’s no new Trophies or Achievements in this pack.
Should you pick this DLC pack up? Well, that all depends on how much you enjoyed the base game of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD. If you enjoyed it as much as we did, and you’re a fan of these three levels, you get a fair amount of fresh gameplay for your buck- and the added characters and music don’t hurt. Hopefully we’ll see a DLC pack based around Tony Hawk 4 or the THUG series, but for now, this pack should keep fans satiated.