Published on December 17th, 2012 | by Chris Ramirez, Editor
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD Revert Pack DLC Review
Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 [Reviewed] and PC
Release Date: December 4, 2012
Review Notes: A game token was received for review purposes.
One of the most played franchises of my childhood was the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (THPS) series. The excitement brought by the announcement that Activision will ship a high definition, best-of version of the first two Tony Hawk games via download on Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and the PC, was short-lived once the game was released. Earning a 6.5 out of 10 from us, we said Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is plagued with awkward physics, bad ragdoll animation and random bails.
Ultimately the game failed to impress many of the diehard fans.
Despite its faults, the game is still manages to bring nostalgic feelings of playing the first two Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games. Activision continues to build the nostalgic feelings with the release of the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD Revert Pack downloadable content. The pack expands on this best-of HD remake to include maps and the revert move that was introduced in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3.
The Revert Pack includes three of the most popular THPS 3 maps voted by the fans. Those maps are: Airport, Los Angeles and Canada. Just like the original remade levels, these levels are a faithful HD recreation to their original counterpart. Airport is a downhill style level that is filled with ramps and railing to grind on. Los Angeles is an open urban area that provides a good mix of ramps, rails and half-pipes. Canada is a multi-leveled map filled with half-pipes for all of your air combos.
The pack also brings back two of the most popular characters, Steve Caballero and Geoff Rowley. As an additional bonus, the DLC includes James Hetfield and Robert Trujillo from thrash metal band Metallica as playable characters. Caballero and Rowley should have been included in the original release or at least as free DLC. Playing as those characters truly brings you back to the original THPS series as they perform similarly as they did 12 years ago (minus the awkward physics that affects the other characters as well).
Hetfield and Trujillo are a welcome addition for any Metallica fan to an already excellent bonus character selection. Hetfield is a good, balanced skater while Trujillo is more about speed and catching air. Picking your favorite is based on the style of player you enjoy shredding with. I would like to see the inclusions of all of the secret characters from the past three THPS games. I’m missing my spider-sense from Spider-Man and my ability to heal quickly as Wolverine.
The main feature of the Revert Pack is the inclusion of the revert move itself. Many fans were disappointed to learn that many moves, including the ability to revert, were left out of the original HD release. With the inclusion, fans may feel convinced to give THPS HD another shot, but hold on.
First off, for those who are not familiar with skateboarding moves, the revert allows a skater to turn the skateboard nose facing forward when a trick brings the board’s tail to the fore. Once you download the DLC, it is obvious that the revert move was made for THPS 3. The levels are filled with ramps that give you the opportunity to chain combos together with the use of this trick. Using the move on the original HD levels does bring a new dimension to the game. It becomes easier to chain combos together on levels with a lot of ramps (such as Marseille) but the move is pointless on levels such as Downhill Jam and School II where there are hardly any ramps.
The move is a simple inclusion but it makes a huge difference when chaining combos together. The ability also allows your player to gain some serious speed relatively quickly. Speed can increase your combo string to gain an endless score.
But there lies a serious issue. With the still awkward physics, you will be prone to hit corners, get stuck in walls or simply bail for no reason, most often creating a bigger problem than there was before.
Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD Revert Pack is a nice addition to the game. But the decision to update the title to include the revert move hurt the DLC more than it helped. The main reason why people would purchase the DLC is for the ability to revert on the levels that were made for the move.
The update simply made this DLC a generic map and character pack with two characters that should be free.
The DLC also includes the Metallica track “All Nightmare Long,” which gets lost with the rest of the soundtrack. The game still does not have the option to skip tracks or to customize the track list, a feature that was in the original THPS games.
At $4.99, this DLC is a toss-up purchase. If you were a THPS 3 fan, you will be satisfied. If not, you could do without the purchase.
This DLC does bring up hopes that they will continue the trend and release a future THPS 4 pack. Hopefully we will see “ Zoo” and the ability to grab vehicles via skitching, and the ability to skate on moving objects in our near future.
+ Bonus Metallica characters
– Having to pay for Steve Caballero and Geoff Rowley
+/- Revert update to be available with original game