We've already teased the first Tony Hawk's Pro Skater's first numerical sequel in over 13 years, but now it's time for the official trailer. Classic levels, top pros, and the build-a-park feature are back, as is the character creation engine introduced in THPS's subsequent open-world installments, but word on other vital topics, such as the all-important soundtrack and unlockable slam montages, remains mum. Check this one out and stay tuned for any and all updates between now and THPS 5's September 29th release date.
With Father's Day on the way, we decided to countdown 8 rad dads whose sons and daughters turned out just as sick them. From Dino and Kolohe Andino to Tony and Riley Hawk, this is sure to make you want to get out and shred with your old man this weekend.
I'm not saying your dad isn't cool or anything. Maybe he is. Maybe isn't. Whatever the case may be, however, he definitely isn't Tony Hawk, who recently hit the Transworld park for a feel-good session with his son and Baker pro, Riley Hawk. As you'll definitely see, skate wizard status run in the family.
The Tony Hawk Pro Skater video game series was a major part of my youth, as it was for many skaters. When we weren't skating we were playing THPS, and when we weren't playing THPS we were skating. Everyone remembers the Warehouse, the School, Officer Dick, and the hot licks of Goldfinger. It's been many, many years since the greatest skating video game series has been relevant, but that's all about to change.
Tony Hawk has been teasing since February that there might be a new THPS in the works, with tweets like the ones below. But today [Game Informer just published a story]2 with the first screenshots from THPS 5, which is set to release later this year.
Partnering with Activision once again, the game is set to come out on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One initially, with PS3 and Xbox 360 following that. Details are scant at the moment, but the skaters in the game will be (of course) Birdman himself, Riley Hawk ('bout time Riley got into Dad's game!), Ishod Wair, Nyjah Huston, Jaws, Lizzie Armanto, Chris Cole, David Gonzalez, Leticia Bufoni, and the Boss himself Andrew Reynolds.
So what we'll have is some of the best skaters in the world being video-gamed into the best skating game ever. The June issue of Game Informer will have a full length feature, and you can check out some of the initial screenshots from their article below. Whenever this is going to come out, we will surely be waiting in line right next to you at Blockbuster.
It's no secret that Tony Hawk rolls in some pretty elite circles these days, and this mini ramp session in his friend's (identified only as "Tyler") Bay Area mansion only lends to credence to that fact. Needless to say, the usual tranny dog diet of PBR and ramen gave way to Möet and Tuna tartare for this one, but that doesn't make the skating any less impressive, with the 46-year-old vert legend tossing off some tricks you could only dream of before turning it over to Birdhouse young gun Shawn Hale for a sick ender. Let the valet park the Rolls then come inside and check it out.
If you checked out Tony Hawk's Perched video part earlier this year, you know the 47-year-old can still rip a vert ramp unlike anybody else. What you didn't see, however, was Tony taking his fair share slams in the process, including this gnarly, off-the-top rope suplex from 12-time world wrestling champion, Randy Orton. This one is so crazy it almost looks, uhh, fake.
Tony Hawk is never one to shy away from doing an ollie over a MIni Cooper. So Birdman teamed up with rally driver and professional skier Guerlain Chicherit for a new Mini commercial. If the name Guierlain Chicherit sounds familiar, it's because he was the guy who tried to break the world record for the longest car jump (but failed pretty terribly).
In said Mini commercial, Birdman skitches a Mini driven by Chicherit at night, 50-50s a fuse box (that for some reason blows up), and then airs the drifting Mini over a large quarterpipe gap. If that doesn't make you want to go buy a Mini right this second, then we don't know what will.
Check out the video and some GIFs below.
Last week we posted an Instagram video of dreamcrusher Tony Hawk riding that Hendo hoverboard. Well, the full video has been released and Birdman does a bunch of crazy spins on it on the miniramp. We're not going to jump to the conclusion and automatically say that hoverboards are now going to actually happen, because, well we've been here before. But maybe, just maybe, the future looks a little brighter for a hoverboard becoming a real thing. Probably not though.
What do you think of Tony Hawk riding the Hendo hoverboard? Tell us in the Comments.
We were fooled once by Mr. Tony Hawk when he pranked the world and put out that whole "Hoverboards are real" video. We have not been the same since. We've even doubted that these potentially real hoverboards, Hendos, are actually real. What's the saying, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me, you can't get fooled again." Or something like that...
Anyways, Tony Hawk rode the Hendo hoverboard and now we have to pretend to be all excited and just forget that he did in fact trick all of us and crush our dreams about this same exact thing less than a year ago. So yeah, video below. Your sick "Perched" video part is no longer saving you from our scorn over these hoverboards. Excuse me while I go scream into a pillow now.
"I can honestly say that I haven’t worked on a skate video this hard since The End. I never want to do some of these tricks again"—Tony Hawk
Well, well, well. It seems that the Birdman continues to defy age. Yes, Tony Hawk was once a dreamcrushing liar, but this ridiculous video part helps alleviate some of our heartbreak over that. At 47 years old, Tony Hawk is definitely in the olds category. But like his surfing counterpart Kelly Slater, he is still at the top of his game. Keep flying Birdman. And thanks for the trip down memory lane with some classic Tony Hawk Pro Skater songs for the soundtrack...