Yes, you read that right with just two months before being released, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has had a major makeover in graphics. Gone are the extremely outdated, borderline PS2 graphics and in its place is a cell shaded style.
Broken mess incoming. Prepare yourselves. Activision and WB are trying to ruin such an awesome gaming year.
This is a total cash-in on the franchise.
Isn't any sequel etc a cash in?
is this an HD version of the PS1?
Lol, Borderlands strategy: Game looks like crap? Cell shade it, call it an "art style"
how Robomodo gets work I will never understand.
I want Skate 4.
It's called THPS5. FIVE! It's a sequel to THPS1,2,3 and 4. It's not a remake or 'HD version". Otherwise it would look like this http://i.imgur.com/gnRtEAd.... but in HD. The new art direction makes it look better than it did previously. It was a better decision than trying to make it realistic. It would have looked more dated than what it already was, visually. You people are ridiculous. Fans kept asking for the series to go back to its roots and when it does, it's a "cash-in".
Agreed plus it looked better before this crap
I'm not sure if I love it or absolutely hate it. It looks sort of like the background is a green screen. At the same time, almost anything looks better than it did before.
Yup. Looks dreadful imo. Horrid way to bring the series back this gen.
Well it is cross gen, they might make a next gen version and the Tony Hawk series has never really been about how it looked, as SKATE very much showed that. I mean...where is that series anyway?
It does look much better though. But i feel like Skate revolutionized the Skating genre and TonyHawk is still trying just because they used to be popular. They were only popular because they were the only skate game with a big name behind it(or should i say in front of it)and people didn't know better until skate showed up.
You are delusional. I still consider the Underground series as the best Skateboard games and they are much better than the joystick simulator. Pro Skater and Skate can't touch the Underground series.
Skate or Die should be remade.
I'm not going to argue which skateboarding game is the best, as I liked the ones I played for different reasons. I loved THPS1/2/3 for their creativity, score systems, and secrets. I lost interest after those games. I loved Skate for its physics and technicality. I mean, try successfully landing a back flip. It's not easy. Now try two. It took me forever just to land this. https://youtu.be/IDkmzjfcP1... (I know people have done even crazier tricks in those games, but I was proud of mine.) Another game I enjoyed as a kid was Super Skateboardin' for the Atari 7800. It wasn't so much about the skating than it was about not running into a dead end before completing the objective. And the objective was simple: navigate through a factory building and turn off everything electrical in under 15 minutes without wiping out. https://youtu.be/FR_-k0nfC5...
So...is this a full $60 game lol? Or downloadable $15 title?
$60 on 8th gen, $40 on 7th gen (because no online).
@yewles1 yeeeeaaaa - can't support that. I don't think anyone else should either. This game looks like a joke.
It really looks like they are using last gens game engine, which is sad. Even with Cell shading, it doesn't look a whole lot better. I really hope they will be selling this for $29.99, because it won't be worth more then that. They really should delay this game and redo the graphic engine.
Yep. Junk confirmed.
They should just delay the damn game.....Jesus...... Those models look terrible for today's standards...cell shaded games of today look better than what they are trying to cover here...
Well that sucks
A poor attempt to cover up old graphics by making it cell shaded. Looks so much worse now they should have left it how it was ( i thought it looked fine ) or delayed it and properly improved the graphics. But seriously how budget do you have to be to have graphics that poor with the kind of power devs have on tap this gen. If not budget then lack of talent perhaps..
I think the cell shading looks better than it did. It helps a little, and it most certainly did not look "fine" b4.
The cell shading was an attempt to hide the Sh.ity graphics......it didn't work
why does it look like shit?
I've always kinda hated cell shading, but this looks particularly terrible. Those models look like a slightly more detailed version of something you'd see in one of those old X-Men Dimensions type games.
Shady bastards (no pun intended)
How could this be so wrong, all we needed was every Tony Level from Hawks 1-4, online modes (hello horse) and just a general spruce up no one wants all these added gimmicks and cell shaded graphics... Meh looking better than it was I suppose but if the handling is half as bad as that last Tony Hawks 1 remake then I'll be passing, just go back to classic Tony.
why does the graphics look so bad to begin with? did they just used the last games graphics engen and said fuck it?
dreamcast was the lead console for this game
We miss you Neversoft.
Jesus Chirst !
How goddamn hard is it to just make a vanilla collection of THPS One through Four, and a second disc with both Underground titles? If it ain't broke don't fix it (or in this case, whore it out).
To the writer of this article, Claiming a last minute visual overhaul via cell shading is a definite sign of gloom and doom is perhaps misguided. You do realize Borderlands 1 originally had no cell shading and at the last second Gearbox decided to radically alter the game's visuals by adding severe cell shading. I'm not saying TH5 will be a success, but to dismiss it for cell shading is a bit naive, it did work for Borderlands after all.
Props to this guy. Voice of reason.
While that is true for Borderlands, there's some big differences here. Borderlands looked promising from a gameplay standpoint, it had hype, and no one was complaining about the graphics prior to the change. THPS5 is a complete 180. The gameplay looked horrid, everyone was complaining about the graphics, and not very many people actually think this game will turn out good. I'm willing to put any amount of money the graphics overhaul was because of the feedback and since Activision doesn't want to delay the game (probably because it's such a low budget title) this was the easiest and cheapest option. Can't really complain about cell shaded graphics not looking realistic.
The reason cell shading was implemented in TH5 is the same exact reason it was implemented in Borderlands, the grfx were subpar. If u took the cell shading away from Borderlands 1 ppl would've taken issue with the poor visuals.
I used to love Tony Hawk. Everything up to and including American wasteland. I was hyped for this but now I just feel gutted.
Clear indication of cashing-in. No real, concrete vision or care for the game. Following the money - people didn't like the graphics. Not that they necessarily should have kept the original look - it was dull looking - but just how fickle they are shows their heart isn't really in it. They want to make what will make money. I'd be okay with the original graphics if they were part of the creator's vision and they had a sincere belief in them - an appreciation for them.
Putting a black outline around the character models does not make something cell shaded, what an awful article. As for the visual change, I think it looks slightly better than it did before but the graphics aren't what I would be looking for in this game. I will wait and see what people say about the gameplay, although I am not expecting much.
Cel shaded... not cell shaded.
Welcome back 2007
I don't mind cel shaded games, but this game is just ugly as hell. This is gonna be crap.
The engine physics were horrid on TH:HD, if the physics are the same, this will not turn out good.
horrid relative to the original games? the weird physics are kinda what made the originals fun.
http://www.quickmeme.com/im... It's all that I have to say
Welp time to find me a copy of Tony Hawk's Underground. I'm going back to a time when the franchise was at its peak.
Or Skate 3...
never enjoyed skate, mainly because of it's horrid camera view. I'm sure you could have changed it, but i didn't bother as I only played it for a few days.
Never really cared for Skate franchise. THUG I have fond memories of though. I would love to revisit that game again.
They are looking desperate now making a change like this 2 months before release
The game certainly could be a disaster, but fretting over the graphics in a Tony Hawk game is like whining about the music in Fifa; it's not the reason we love the series. I don't think any Tony Hawk game has been particularly stunning graphically. The gameplay is what makes those games so great.
Yep nothing better then super sweet cel-shaded graphics, weren't they doing that like back in the early 90's? Just looks like trash and like the developer phoned it in, I guess this game and Crackdown 3 share a common theme, lame cel-shaded graphics, so next gen, LOL.
I've always liked crackdown's graphic style. I just hope the city remains as colorful. Hard to tell since they've only shown nighttime gameplay.
Bring back Street Sk8er! Okay, maybe I liked the soundtrack better than the actual game. Still, it was fun at the time.
They just put some eyeli er on the models and slapped cell shaded on there to make it seem like that was their artstyle they were going for the entire time. Just so people can't say it looks ugly.
cell-shading a game in mid-progress is the lame excuse for bad graphics and putting no effort in upgrading it
Yet it's ok when Borderlands does it? The original Borderlands did just that. We need a next gen only Skate game, Skate was always superior imo. Maybe a little less Rob Dyrdek influence in the next Skate.
This game looks horrible!!!!. I had hopes until I saw the very first screenshots.. No sir.. I'll wait for the price drop in the Xbox store..$20
ew i do not like the look of it at all. it looks entirely too computer like but the people look too real for the environments so it kinda ends up coming across as old school computer movie effects or those weird live action/graphics blended video games.
Holy crap what the hell were they thinking
absolutely shameless lolz
I can't wait to play this on my GBA!
It's all about gameplay right???
This is going to be terrible and and the series will officially be dead, and this is coming from a huge Tony Hawk game fan they should have just remastered THPS4, Underground, Underground 2, or American Wasteland.
Cell shading? YUK!
They have to be toying with us. There is no way that they are just repurposing a game from N64 and slapping a new title on it.
They could've at least aimed for graphics on-par with Skate 3.... God EA make Skate 4, a proper Skate game. I remember playing Tony Hawk's Project 8, my favorite game in the series, and getting hyped to skate in real life. But now Tony Hawk games feel outdated and lame.