Tony Hawk's Pro Skater put the alternative sport videogame in the spotlight, yet mega-publisher Activision took a step back, some time off, and decided to reboot the franchise. And so, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater game comes with a skateboard peripheral, somehow inspired by Guitar Hero. Personally, I don't see casual or hardcore skating fans getting much out of the idea, hence it being costly.
The custom controller might be an innovation (in alternative sport games), it has good sensibility, occupies more space than the system itself, but could prove immersive after a while. The way you move / do tricks, etc. should be intuitive, but you'll find yourself at times wondering how you got from a "pro skater" in easy mode, to a "rookie" just by changing the difficulty one level.
try to look smooth, but in easy mode, the game literally does the skating for you. You might as well tie the board to the ceiling, blind-fold yourself and start bashing it with a random object to beat your personal record. No worries though: Activision ensures us the board can resist some "G"s and we take their word for it.
But hey, if you want a challenge, why not change the difficulty level?...Ok, this is "why not" : Steering is incredibly difficult, as is pulling off moves regularly. So where Tony Hawk's Pro Skater's controls fail, so does the game itself. But if you really feel like punishing yourself, go for hard mode...and suffer!
"The physics and collision detection aren't up to speed" - might be your first thought after seeing your character slam through a wall and drop through the world platform a couple of times. And sliding on casual rails couldn't be any less "casual". Any experienced gamer, or any Tony Hawk-franchise fan would be disappointed in this new installment.
Well, in my opinion, I would want Santa to put this abomination under my tree, but since he's gone, I'm thankful I didn't spend 120$ for it anyway.
If you don't feel like losing challenge after challenge, there's also the campaign, where you can practice, blow of some steam in 6 different cities. There's a race where speed and grabbing time bonuses is the objective, or you can score points under a time limit. If you score enough points and do the trick required, you may unlock different areas and / or get more pro skating gear...but to what avail?