Call me nostalgic here but the THPS series was a defining moment of gaming. The soundtrack alone is a super smash. Remaster coming this fall, announced on Tony’s bday no less!
I remember sitting in a basement playing the first few games in this series with friends. Everyone took a turn trying to figure out the most insane combo possible, or the way to get up to an area to get a collectible. Being able to carry a manual for more than 30sec was a point of pride.
I took THPS1 for a ride on an emulator a few years back. The gameplay still holds up decent, as does the music. But the graphics absolutely do not. It’s impressive what our imagination did to fill in the blanks back in the day.
This looks like a remaster rather than a remake. They’ll add bits that were added over time (including the Skate franchise), as well as multiplayer. If they can keep the same tight controls, wacky moveset, skater building, soundtrack blasting, just-one-more-run cycle of the originals, I’m in like gin!
This being Activision, I am sceptical that this will be a “clean” game. Micro-transactions will certainly be in here, which will as a highly cosmetic game, is expected. Money making outside of that… maybe DLC for other skate parks. If it ends up injecting more passion into the THPS/Skate franchise, maybe we can see a new take on it in a few years.
I want to be excited for this release but for now I don’t have hold much hope. Activision tried a remaster of these games already in 2012 and it was so buggy and DLC filled that it was pulled from all online marketplaces.
Perhaps it will go the way of the Spyro and Crash Bandicoot remasters where they keep the DLC out of it and do a (mostly) good job of it. But I think the DLC opportunities here are too obvious and it’s going to bring down the entire project.
100%. But I got to look forward to something in this mess!