The gratifying squeak of wheels on pavement, the squeak of the board slapping down after an ollie, and the sensation of being weightless as the skater recuperates some air before returning to earth are all reasons why skateboarding is such a popular sport.
Many gamers have fond memories of the original Tony Hawk's Pro Skater and its sequel, so when the remaster of the first two games in the franchise was announced, there was a lot to be thankful for. However, some players have difficulty in gaining and maintaining speed in the game. Here's all you need to know about getting faster.
Moving Faster With Stat Points
There are a couple of approaches to speeding up, which make combos and challenges much quicker to complete. Stat Points are rated from 1 to 10, and there is a significant difference between a character with 1 Speed and a character with 10 Speed.
Every skater has their own preset Speed rating, which is hugely influential in this regard. However, a player may always increase Speed over time if they feel it's too slow. This allows for flexible treatment, which is why Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 is ranked among the best skateboarding games.
Stat Points are unlocked on a per-character basis, meaning that just because one character is improved doesn't mean they all will be. It's best to stick with one character, at least at the beginning, because switching to a brand new character means the player will have to re-earn Stat Points entirely over again, regardless of whether the player feels about it.
The character will always speed up when going downhill and slow down when going uphill, so sticking onto a half-pipe or ramp for a moment before going into a rail section is common practice.
The player should always be taking the time to observe their surroundings and account for incline-based speed fluctuations before attempting a trick or jump, especially when it comes to challenging situations that are often quite specific. Aggressive turning (especially back and forth) will also decrease the player's speed, so a straight shot is always preferable to a straight shot.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 is now available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch.