I’m a huge fan of the Tony Hawk games, but have mainly played Tony Hawk 2x, Tony Hawk 3, and Underground 2. I’ve played all of them throughout the years, but those are the ones that I’ve dedicated the most time to and have beaten or near beaten. However, Tony Hawk 4 does hold some good memories for me and I was reminded of them yesterday.
Tony Hawk 4 was the first game I ever pre-ordered. I remember being so excited about a new Tony Hawk game that I rushed to EB Games and actually pre-paid for the entire game. I loved Tony Hawk 2x and 3 on my Xbox, and Tony Hawk 4 promised to be bigger, better, and introduce all new gameplay options. I couldn’t wait!
I remember picking up Tony Hawk 4 and being blown away by the graphics and the new layout of the game. I’m most fond of the simple SKATE, find the tape, and high score type goals, but Tony Hawk 4 freshened up the series with allowing you to interact with skaters and creating all sorts of hijinks to get into with your board. It was also the introduction of humor into the series that would last several games afterward, peaking with Underground 2.
I’ve gone back a few times to play Tony Hawk 4, but I never make it by the first level. I just lose patience with the skating around and setting up goals. But yesterday, I was in such a crappy mood, I made myself finish up a couple of them, and I found myself really having a good time. I unlocked the next level, San Francisco, and decided to skate around it for a bit. I instantly smiled when the game booted up, because seeing the map reminded me of jamming to Three Six Mafia’s Bring Sally Up from my Xbox Hard Drive since the game came out around the time of Gone in 60 Seconds and the Moby song was somewhat popular that Three Six Mafia sampled.
I skated around to one section of the map and nostalgia hit me again, because it was this part of the map that I was skating when I first asked a girl out (or, was sorta told I would take her out.) That was a lifetime ago, and that relationship left really no good memories, but it was just funny how skating across this one ramp triggered that memory.
I think I’m gonna try and stick with Tony Hawk 4 for a while. I’d love to actually beat it and I’m stuck in the bonus levels on 2x so I need Tony Hawk game to work on anyway. Who knows what other memories await to be awakened as I progress through the game.