Five Tony Hawk games that should never be remastered

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With news that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 are being remastered, we look at five games from the series that we hope don’t get the same treatment.

As announced last week, there are remasters of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 coming our way. And while finding out that the games are being incredibly loyal to the original — like bringing back all but five songs of their exceptional original soundtracks — have me excited, it also makes me worried about what’s to come. While the Tony Hawk series has featured some gems, it has also resulted in some straight up mistakes.

As is the case with any long-running franchise, not all Tony Hawk games are created equal. Here are five Tony Hawk games that we hope never see the light of day again in the form of a remaster.

Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam (2006)

If you don’t remember this game that was made specifically for Nintendo by Skylanders creator Toys 4 Bob I would not blame you. This game was rough. It was made via an understanding that Tony Hawk was popular but without an understanding as to why.

Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam was a departure from other Tony Hawk games in that it was a racing game. Instead of going to skate parks and engaging with a wacky story and an excellent soundtrack, you were, instead, tasked with racing people down large slopes. Towns and warehouses were replaces with hills and mountains.

It played like SSX without the charm and the soundtrack was just a slew of generic music that sounded like a director was like, “We’re selling Mountain Dew.”

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