Just like Tony Hawk, the game delivered on all levels with its impressive skating physics and awesome level designs.
Played on the Playstation 1
Skateboarding in the 90s was the sport of the underworld. A group of renegades who didn’t give a fuck about the rules except their own. Skaters go wherever and whenever to get their thrills and the only ones who understood them were other skaters. No medium portrayed the world of skateboarding (or other action sports) correctly, that was until Neversoft had the balls to build a game with the greatest skater of all time, Tony Hawk, and try to win both the skating community and gamers trust.
Neversoft’s creation brought many risks, but they achieved to create the New Testament of action sports video games. Skating and other action sports games have graced their presence on previous systems, but nothing created a phenomenon like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (THSP). It helped shift video game culture into a different direction and spawned countless sequels and copycats. But it also brought bored/misinformed politicians and concerned/ignorant parents their worst fear: influencing video game-like behaviors on gamers. I admin: I was influenced by this game. I shamelessly picked up skateboarding to imitate what I have seen onscreen and was terrible at it; but I would never dreamt of skating in the first place if it wasn’t for Tony Hawk’s dark influences. I’m pretty sure I was not the only gamer to start skating thanks to the birth of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater‘s overwhelming influence (and success) on the masses.