Activision Blizzard Inc.’s Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD for the Playstation Network and Xbox Live is a decent download that updates the classic skateboarding title with sharper graphics and online functionality.
Developed by Robomodo, Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD allows user to choose a pro skater and master an array of tricks to rack up points to unlock new levels. In addition, levels include objects like letters and a DVD to collect to unlock additional items.
Multiplayer includes lag free online functionality compete against up to four players. A new mode, Big Head Mode, slowly inflates the head of each player should they not perform enough combo maneuvers. The classic Graffiti Mode returns to allow each skater to mark the most territory in each level. In addition, the Xbox 360 SKU allows users to utilize their Xbox Live Avatar to skate and customize.
The graphics engine is solid at 30 frames-per-second. Each character and level is updated to current generation standards with a soundtrack that includes select albums from the original and brand new tracks.
Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD is a decent download title. The re-release includes the same addictive high-score quality of the original with a fresh coat of paint and multiplayer options to grind to victory.