Though Tony Hawk?s Pro Skater 5 is a return to the franchise?s simple, ?try to score as many points as possible? roots, the game is very much a modern Tony Hawk title, adding new skating elements and other features to the experience. One of the most ambitious ideas the game offers is its online environment, which promises to be one of the most robust online experiences ever seen in a skateboarding game.
Seamless online integration is key to the THPS 5 package, which allows up to 20 players to join an online skate park at once. The mode emulates the feeling of a real skate park, where players attempt to one-up each other with sick tricks. Online challenges appear, allowing as many as 20 players to join. Those who accept the challenge move out of the lobby and into the challenge, returning to the group afterward. Tony Hawk?s online modes are all about community.
Online elements in the game?s park-creation mode take it to a whole new level. Parks are created with more than 250 possible parts. Players test and edit their parks on the fly with a simple press of a button. When their masterpieces are finished, they can be uploaded to the community, which can play and rate them based on their experiences. A higher rating means more exposure, as the highest-rated community parks will always be at the top of the list. It?s not enough that Tony Hawk is letting us build our own parks; we?re also able to share them with the world.
The Tony Hawk series has been missed. If this new game pans out, THPS 5 could be the best Tony Hawk online experience ever created. However, the new online features are really ambitious, and in this world of bad connectivity that could be a concern. We?ll find out when Tony Hawk?s Pro Skater 5 drops later this year. The game’s due out on Xbox One and Playstation 4 on Sept. 29, with Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 versions following at an unspecified later date.