Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2, released by Activision on September 4, is a remaster of the first two games in the Tony Hawk’s series: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (1999) and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (2000). The new edition, which has come a long way from the original versions, features modernized mechanics, enhanced visuals, and offers a more representative depiction of the sport.
In the first two games, there was only one female skater, Elissa Steamer, a four-time X Games gold medalist who’s been been a top-ranked skater since the 1990s. Despite her achievements in skate competitions, Steamer, 45, says her financial success during her skateboarding career has come primarily from video game royalties. The former world champion returns in Pro Skater 1 + 2 alongside two other female skaters.
Aside from Steamer, the remastered version of the game features Aori Nishimura, who is expected to represent Japan in the rescheduled Summer Olympics Games next year. The 19-year-old already has five X Games medals under her belt and was crowned world skateboarding champion in the contest organized by the World Skate and Street League Skateboarding last year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Another future Olympian, Lizzie Armanto joins Steamer and Nishimura in Pro Skater 1 + 2. Armanto, 27, has more than 30 awards to her name and will represent Finland at the Olympics next year. The only woman to successfully complete Tony Hawk’s 360 loop, a ramp built into a perfect circle, Armanto, who won gold at the first-ever Women’s Skateboard Park event at X Games in Barcelona, Spain, also appeared in Tony Hawk’s Shred Session, which had a soft launch in 2014 but was ultimately canceled.
In terms of representation, Pro Skater 1 + 2 also introduces its first LGBTQ+ skater, Leo Baker. The 28-year-old non-binary pro skater won the Street League Skateboarding Super Crown World Championship in 2016 and placed third in the Street League World Championships in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, last year.
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