I never really thought about the parallels between THPS and fighting games, but it's very apt, regarding performing moves, combos, etc....I must be an idiot.
Tony Hawk HD Getting Tony Hawk 3 Levels After All [UPDATED x2]
Yes, bringing the button mashy THPS games out after all this time is indeed a god fucking awful idea. But that's Activision for you.
You know whose idea THPS HD was? Tony Hawk's. Based in part on what fans were telling him, he asked Activision if they could bring back the old games. And originally they said no, so he waited and brought it up again later and finally convinced them. One of the many sources for this information:
Tony established that he "campaigned" to do this game on my podcast back in December (go to the 27 minute mark): http://oneofswords.com/podcasts/oneofswords_100_122111.mp3
So...that's biased assumptions for you.
I find Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3/4 and Tony Hawk's Underground /2 to be the pinnacle of the series, so if they aren't really including anything from those games, I'm really not interested. I don't think this series would benefit from going back to total barebones and basic gameplay. I really enjoyed and got a lot more out of the series when they started with the kitchen sink approaches.
THPS 2 was so good, that once I ultimately lost/sold it I still found myself going back to whatever disc the demo was packaged on to get a quick 2 minute fix.
Going back to a simple control scheme will not only drive in the nostalgic fans, but keep the score runs going on and on between friends because even us less talented button mashers will have a chance to go stupid and put up a score or two. ;)
Consider me excited for this.
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