April is almost upon us, which means that we still haven't seen any particularly interesting innovations. We are already playing Outriders at full speed, but the problems with the servers make us wait and not rush. And while we wait, it's time to go back to the 2020 release, which we've been praising left and right. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 is still a great game, but we were asked to update it especially for next-generation consoles and make it even better. Let's find out what has changed. As noted, the essence of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 has not changed at all - it is still the same excellent remake of two legendary skateboarding simulators. It used to work pretty much the same on PS5 as it did on PS4, but that all changed with the patch.
First of all we should pay attention to the DualSense controller support. As we know, it differs significantly from its Xbox counterpart thanks to new vibration motors and adaptive triggers. The advanced vibration response is also present here: every trick feels much better than on the DualShock. Every drop is even more frustrating, and you can feel the resistance when using the triggers. Great, but... personally I would have liked even deeper support; if we compare it to other titles, yes, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 makes great use of the gamepad. But when we think of Astro's Playroom, it's a shame - it could be even better!
Let me try to explain: DualSense is able to simulate different surfaces with amazing realism, but if you are hoping to directly "feel the asphalt" in your hands, do not - for the most part, the difference in vibration with PS4 is not so great. But it got better, and that's a fact. Other changes affected the interface of the console. So, there is support for cards, thanks to which you can turn on one or another mode right from the "desktop". It seems to be a small thing, but very important, which many games still ignore.
And how not to talk about the resolution and frame rate - in fact, the main improvements. Here the owners of the PS5 and Xbox Series X are in an equal situation. In fact, the PS5 delivers native 4K. No one is surprised by that, but what is surprising is the 120 fps mode at 1440p. And that is a significant difference from what we have seen before. Colossal even! Honestly, 4K in a game like this is great, but it's already pleasing to the eye in any form. But such a serious increase in frequency makes a big difference.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2
And lastly - loading times. With them, and so the problem was not, and now everything is even better - there is a noticeable improvement, when the levels that were previously loaded up to 15 seconds, began to load a couple or two.
One question remains: to buy or not to buy? Usually there isn't one at all, because the update is free, but not in this case. Only those who bought the deluxe edition on PS4 or Xbox One can play Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 new generation for free. But if you have the base edition, you'll have to pay an extra $10 for the upgrade. Unpleasant. Is it worth it? We can't say for sure here. If your TV supports 120 fps - absolutely. And if not, there's no rush - the original is still more than good.