First off, thanks for reading my review, i will try to be as objective as i can.
My first THPS that i have ever played was the 4th part, and it was the best in my opinion. I also played both Underground series as well as Project 8. When i saw the HD remake of the game, i was really excited, but after a while it made me sad. Why?
Let's start right off with the not-so-good- things:
- The physics. At some point, they are great, flip tricks and grinds feel realistic to me, but when it comes to air time and several movements, it looks reeeaaally unrealistic. That's what i loved about the older THPS games, where the movements were more realistic.
- The tricks. What just happened with the tricks?! I LOVED the wide spectrum of tricks you could do in the old THPS games, such as flatland tricks (casper, handstand, pogos etc.). All you can do here is simple manuals. NOT EVEN PIVOTS. And moreover, you are not able to do Double/Triple Flips. If you wanna do a Double Kickflip, the skater does two Kickflips seperately mid air. WHY?! This is so messed up. Double/Triple Flips are part of the game! I will never understand why they removed that. They didn't even include Tre Flips. This is a standard trick which is must-have in every skate game. But here, nope. Another sad point, you cannot combine grinds. In the early THPS games you could press square, triangle or circle to combine more grinds in one (you were able to do Nosegrinds to Nosebluntslides without jumping in between). And, what actually annoys me the most, you cannot edit special tricks properly, since the game only shows the keyboard buttons, but not the controller buttons. BIG thumbs down.
- Extended Functions. You cannot edit or create a skater. REALLY?! This is really upsetting. That was such a cool function back then. All you can do is buy different boards, thats it. Boring! Where is my beloved park editor?! Oh, and not to forget simple nuances like Soundtrack. Seriously, i feel like this game didnt recieve any amount of love towards the older parts. I want to see the playlist, and i want a great amount of music while skating. Why not include a function where you can listen your own tracks like they did in Project 8 or Underground 2? (not sure which of these 2 games featured that). To be honest, i am fine with the graphic settings, it is okay for me to only set the resolution. I do not need more than that.
- Other stuff. Yes, what i also want to mention is the audio engine. Lets say you skate the mall and you crash through a glass wall. The breaking glass is so enormously loud that it almost broke my ears. I know i am picky but... seriously... i am used to perfectly made skating games, so i do demand a lot from remakes. Also, the amount of levels is really messed up. I basically unlocked all levels in one day, where is the fun?? I would LOVE to skate Chicago in the remake, as well as San Francisco. I am kinda stuck to THPS4 so... And oh yeah, i almost forgot that, wallrides, manual combos and grinds barely work. Another thumbs down for that. Also, replays are not included. I still dream about one day where game developers include a replay function with different camera settings in a sports game, so you are able to create awesome cinematics, some sort of virtual skate videos/movies. I am still hoping... Let's come to the conclusion.
If you want to play a skating game in between queue times of League of Legends or if you want to play something quick, then buy this game. It is okay for that price. But if you do want a great skating game, if you want variety and an awesome experience, DO NOT BUY IT. Install PCSX2, download THPS for PS2 and play that, it will satisfy you A LOT more.