Welcome to another installment of Flashback Fridays. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what’s going on here, please refer to previous articles for more information. Today we are going to take a look at something that proved having fun with friends is what gaming is all about. The title that I am referring to was the best example of how a skating experience should made for any console, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2.
Back in the year 2001, on a hot summer’s day, I went to the mall with my mother because she wanted to buy me some new clothes for school. Embarrasing right? Well it was for the most part, but what made the trip truly special was when she decided to stop by the toy store and pick me up a video game just for being patient with her through this whole ordeal. After taking a quick look through every title that this place had to offer, my eyes stumbled across something quite interesting, a playstation game that went by the name of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2. Not playing the first entry in the series, I was a little but nervous that I wouldn’t enjoy it as much without having any prior knowledge of what the game was all about, oh boy was I wrong.
Anybody familiar with the franchise already knows about the concept, so let’s not waste too much time talking about it. Basically you go from skate park to skate park, performing tricks, and collecting items in order to obtain as high of a score as humanly possible. Makes sense right? For the most part it does, but there are quite a few surprises lurking underneath the surface that makes this experience truly special in it’s own right.
Instead of going on about my personal thoughts on this title let’s take some time now to reminisce about one of my favorite aspects the game, the variety of multiplayer modes included for people to play with their friends. While there were quite a few to choose from, my favorite out of all them would have to be the horse mode, which basically works out the same as the basketball game in a skating type format. Players come up with their own words for each other, and one person does a trick that the other one has to copy or else they will earn a letter for the word. Whoever spells their word first loses, but in all honesty, everybody wins in the end because whatever word my buddy and I pitted against each other ended in non stop harassment for the rest of the day for the person who lost the match, which is worth more than money can buy and then some.
Two other things that made this experience memorable for me and my friends were the catchy soundtrack, and the level editor. Some of the tracks included songs from quite a few of our favorite bands at the time, such as Papa Roach, Anthrax, Rage Against the Machine, and Powerman 5000. On almost a weekly basis we would come up with crazy ideas just to see how far our imaginations could go. One of the stages we made was filled with a set of ramps set up in different ways, but ultimately all leading to one inevitable conclusion, total wipeout.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 is a true testament of just how enjoyable an experience can be when it is shared with other people, and is definitely something everybody should check out.
That concludes my story on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, but if you have any fond memories of this game please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.
Here is a gameplay video that I found for it as well, Enjoy!