So, when Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 was announced, fans instantly wanted to know what new music is included in the game.

Tragically, I never scooped a multi-million dollar sponsorship deal with skate brands Independent or Birdhouse, and my dreams of becoming the next Elissa Steamer rapidly fizzled out when I broke my wrist attempting an exceedingly slow-paced manual – but the soundtrack stuck around.

He was faced with the somewhat daunting task of following up on the original’s flawless soundtrack.

Create-A-Park and Create-A-Skater modes are back. Where Warehouse is a good introduction to Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Hangar is the perfect introduction. “I knew that the original soundtrack was highly regarded, so I wanted to do more of the same, you know,” he says. 2. “I think that people think back to being kids and playing this game on their Playstation.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2 is crossing over with fellow '90s icon Crash Bandicoot for a new pack of Create-a-Skater items. 20 years on, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 in particular is held up as having the perfect video game soundtrack – and rightfully so.

Switch browsers or download Spotify for your desktop. NO MURDER NO MOUSTACHE’s cover of PAPA ROACH’s Blood Brothers is turned into a melodramatic piano ballad with vocals that are all over the place, and WOLFPUNCH’s covers of Superman by GOLDFINGER and New Girl by THE SUICIDE MACHINES have none of the charm or impact of the originals with vocals that just are not up to snuff, punk or otherwise. It quickly became a juggling act between nostalgia and reinvention– given the soundtrack’s trailblazing reputation, he knew that any remake would need to tap into the same taste-making spirit. Rage! It’s also the very practical reason why a handful of iconic tracks from the original games – The High & Mighty’s ‘B-Boy Document ’99″’ and ‘Bring the Noise’ by Anthrax & Public Enemy, for example – don’t appear this time around. Drop back in with the most iconic skateboarding games ever made. 2. Joyner adds, “The song also has to be catchy in one way or another,” pondering the particular quality that all perfect Tony Hawk picks share. Nestled alongside pop-punk gems that easily would’ve found a home on the original game – the likes of Sublime, Less Than Jake, and Reel Big Fish – there’s also a more current crop of artists. “I use the word ‘sticky’. To play this content, you'll need the Spotify app. It’s a reminder of those somewhat simpler times.”, – Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 is out now for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The soundtracks were a mix of iconic classic bands featured alongside some of the heavy hitters of the late 90s and early 2000s. We and our partners use cookies to personalize your experience, to show you ads based on your interests, and for measurement and analytics purposes.

Considering the game’s huge legacy, did Joyner feel any pressure to build on its flawless soundtrack? – absolute slayed.

There is an entire generation full of kids who were turned onto punk, metal, and heavier music in general thanks to the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games.

It's back, leaving audio lead Justin Joyner with an unenviable task. 14 songs. I got rid of the ones I felt were grating in one way or another. Internally the people who developed this game were listening to these songs day-in, day-out during the course of development, too. Same thing with Rough Francis. Tottenham grime star Skepta, Cleveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly , Aussie rocker Alex Lahey and Swedish punks Viagra Boys all feature. “The original Tony Hawk games, in a lot of ways, were [a form of] music discovery for people,” agrees Justin Joyner, audio lead at the American video game developer Vicarious Visions. Hardcore punks Bad Religion repeatedly cite the inclusion of their song ‘You’ as an enormous factor in their success, and ‘Five Lessons Learned’ remains Swingin’ Utters most popular track to date.

“I had fun with it”. As well as taking skate culture into account, “you also have to consider the gameplay,” he explains, when picking out a soundtrack addition. Forget the small obstacle of lacking any form of coordination or natural balance in real life. For a lot of them it’s kind of come full-circle: they played Tony Hawk growing up and now they’ve got their song on the game – which is pretty awesome.”.

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater didn’t just bring achingly cool skateboarding culture to people’s living rooms – it introduced a whole generation of newly-ollie-hooked players to the best of relentless punk, hip-hop, rap-rock and ska. Back then it was pre-internet, in a way –it was based on word of mouth, friends, and that kind of stuff.

© 2020 NME is a member of the media division of BandLab Technologies. “Tony Hawk… is kind of a fast-paced game in a lot of ways – you’re constantly moving around and doing tricks.

For him, it comes down to nostalgia.

As well, Create-A … The vocalist here also does a competent job, but aside from these two tracks, the entire middle of the album is full of little more than bands that have a lot of growing to do, as the tracks all begin to sound like a high school talent show after a while.

When I was going through picking these songs, I would listen to them over and over and over again. The amateur quality of each recording and performance just makes this album nearly a non-starter.

There are a few decent moments, and though the attempts at experimentation are admirable in thought, they simply fail to land in practice, as does the majority of the tracklist, which, regardless of the circumstances in which they were recorded, just don’t hold up or do an adequate job in paying tribute.

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