Tony Hawk 5 Is Looking Kinda Rough

The first gameplay trailer for Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has arrived, and it’s a good thing fun and pretty aren’t mutually exclusive.


I’m looking forward to a new Tony Hawk title that doesn’t require a horrid plastic skateboard to play and returns to the classic level-based goals of the earlier Pro Skater games. Give me that original gameplay, new places to ride and some excellent music and I’m completely down.

That said, I wouldn’t mind a few visual upgrades. Clothes that whip in the wind without the shabby pre-rendered wrinkles, for example. Or long hair on riders that reacts as if it were actual hair instead of a hard plastic wig.

Flipping through the YouTube comments for the trailer, it’s plain to see that no one should ever flip through the YouTube comments for a game trailer. Also, many people would prefer another Skate.

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 releases September 29 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and sometime later for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.



I saw some gameplay a week or so ago and thought it didn’t look great. The animations seemed rough and the environment was really plasticy.

I think it’s partially because they are letting you make your own areas with modular pieces... But still, it all comes off as very plain.