Tony Hawk Pro Skater lives again thanks to fan efforts

THUG2

I miss skateboarding games. There used to be something cool about watching my custom skater pull off gravity-defying tricks on a small screen back in the boom of those EXTREME-sports games. They all eventually died though and left only a few hardcore fans to keep on 1080-Benihananing. And one small group is picking up where Activision left off.

Consisting of wooden plank with little wheels locomotion fans Morten, %gone, Quazz, Chc, Krad, Demo and Frost, the group is currently tinkering away on the engine of Tony Hawk’s Pro SKater Underground 2. So what have they done to the game?

They’ve added full proper online play, new levels, options to switch the game to PC/PS2 versions and full 1080P visuals. Dayumn. And they’re not done yet. According to Kotaku, the gang is looking to import every single Tony Hawk level into the game, a new level editor and a brand new stab at a story mode.

Sound like fun? Well if you still own the THUG2 game, then you can grab the mod for yourself here (or here). And if you like what you see, give the gang some support so that they can realise their dreams of virtual skateboarding perfection.

I don’t know anyone who hasn’t played at least one Tony Hawk game in their lifetime. Those games pretty much shaped me, while making the EXTREME sport popular again. Geoff swears that THPS 2 is the best, while I’ve always had a soft spot for THPS3.

And then you had THUG, which was like falling face-first into a brand new tarmac of new game ideas. Only much less painful. That was the last really good Tony Hawk game, before the franchise went downhill with the Jackass vehicle that was THUG 2. A brief revival was thrown onto consoles last year, but it hasn’t been massively supported post-launch.

But if these guys can make skateboarding on console cool again, I’m hoping that Activision is paying notice. Because clearly someone knows what to do with the franchise.

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Author:Darryn Bonthuys

Because he's the writer that Lazygamer deserves, but not the one it actually needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can't take it. Because he's not a hero. He's a loud-mouthed journalist, a watchful procrastinator. A dork knight.

  • TiMsTeR1033

    I was a God at Tony Hawk games, I have never ending combos that all joined together for millions at a time. Playing horse with me was unfair to say the least..

    • Matthew Holliday

      you werent a god untill you could grind around the entire foundary with a different grind on each rail on THPS3

      I was useless at Horse, I always went too big and ended up dropping a mega score.

      • JJ’s grand endeavour (John)

        *bows*

      • TiMsTeR1033

        I never attempted that, but my combos were lengen wait for it DARY!

      • RockMossel2014

        I remember my first time jamming THPS3 online…I pretty much thought I was boss with my +/- 4million score. Then these kids came there and were still grinding for like 5minutes after the 2minute time limit ended…

        • TiMsTeR1033

          Because that’s how its meant to be done! Try 50 or 60 mil scores!

    • Admiral Chief in Vegas

      So what went wrong there Timmeh?

      • TiMsTeR1033

        I made a boo boo?

  • Squirrely

    THPS2, School, Bad Religion – You.

    • JJ’s grand endeavour (John)

      Rage Against the Machine – Guerrilla Radio

      • Admiral Chief in Vegas

        AAAAWWWWW YEAH

    • Devourer of Small Bunnies

      Deftones – Shove It

      • RockMossel2014

        My Own Summer?

        • Devourer of Small Bunnies

          Yebo

    • RockMossel2014

      Millencolin – No Cigar!

    • Gareth L (That Guy)

      Papa Roach – Blood Brothers

  • Devourer of Small Bunnies

    I challenge you to HORSE *slaps in face with glove*

  • Hammersteyn

    Is it just me or have gaming companies no idea what gamers want. Were getting Star Citizen and No Man’s Sky because nobody makes space filght sims anymore. A new Megaman type game is on the way because Capcom doesn’t make that either. Now we have a skating game on it’s way.

    • TiMsTeR1033

      Skate games were kickass! They should do one for Next gen

  • Admiral Chief in Vegas
    • TiMsTeR1033

      Torture on a whole different level.

    • Sageville

      The Auto-peeler worked well, but was critisized for being too slow….

  • Rags

    I wish they bring back the sim mode of THPS2. I still play THPS2 Steam version. Running nicely on Unreal Engine.

  • VampyricSquirrel Monk

    Skate 3… challenging to get used to, but sooo much better than recent TH games. THPS 2 and 3 were epic back in the day though.

    • TiMsTeR1033

      Id kick your ass in skate.

      • VampyricSquirrel Monk

        You sound like the ultimate gamer with kicking asses in this, and being a god in that… there any game you suck at?

        Sorry… I’ll drop my sarcasm off at the door on my way out :P

        • TiMsTeR1033

          Nah I suck at many games! but a few I am really good at once I get going.. Quake 3 arena, Painkiller,UT3, Tony hawk games, Halo games, Skate… I am no ultimate gamer not by a long shot man!

        • TiMsTeR1033

          This is why I need to challenge you!

  • RockMossel2014

    THPS2 vs THPS3…now thats a tough one. I must say THPS 2 got me into it, but I probably played 3 more. Also THUG1 was beyond epic, I learned about strange American accents. Ask Zoe to pronounce this word: Moscow.

    • TiMsTeR1033

      meowscow

      • RockMossel2014

        It’s more like MosCOW. Like cow, the animal!

        • Major Commodore 64 Darryn B

          I can do it in a Boston accent: MOHS-CAHW!

    • VampyricSquirrel Monk

      Moosecow… oh wait that’s Canadian

      • Admiral Chief in Vegas

        Eh?

        • VampyricSquirrel Monk

          I hear what you’re saying eh, but there ain’t no elephants in Canada eh

  • ElimiNathan

    I still prefer Skate

  • ngfrost

    Hey Darryn thanks for posting about our mod!
    -frost

    • Major Commodore 64 Darryn B

      Keep up the great work guys! I’m already on the hunt for a PC version of THUG2.

      • ngfrost

        haha see you online then!

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