Ratchet, Sweet Tooth & Sackboy to cameo in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5

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Ratchet, Sweet Tooth & Sackboy to cameo in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5

Plus, find out how online works in the forthcoming skating sequel

Hey PlayStation fans! I’m in a great mood so I’m going to throw out a bunch of stuff to share today.

I wanted to share some new details about online multiplayer. Connecting with other players is totally different than previous THPS games, and it’s unique compared to the current crop of skating titles. The Freeskate levels serve as lobbies for up to 20 players. They act as hubs where players can hang out and skate between different missions and online matches.

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The sessions themselves are hosted by dedicated servers, so you can drop in and out of populated Freeskate sessions at any time. When you are ready, you can jump into a mission with your party or challenge the entire park in one of the competitive multiplayer modes. This is done from the Sessions menu, a multipurpose tool for queuing up missions or modes, managing your party, and checking to see who’s in the park. When your mission or match is finished, you can either retry/rematch or seamlessly jump back into the Freeskate where you can hang out while deciding what to do next.

This means that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 is designed to get you online quickly and easily. As a reminder: the online features are only in the PS4 version. The PS3 version has no online play.

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Also, PS4 and PS3 owners will be happy to hear Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 has PlayStation-exclusive content. There will be three character heads from Sony’s games: Ratchet, Sweet Tooth, and Sackboy.

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We’ll have the game playable to the public at various places in North America and Europe over the summer and autumn, so be sure to follow @TonyHawkGames on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to get the deets.

Thanks for taking some time to let me talk about our baby, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5!


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  • Looks like PS2 game…

  • Character heads? That’s a little disappointing, I was hoping for Spiderman-style bonus characters with their own unique move sets. I’d much prefer to see Kratos doing a Hades ClawSlide along some railings

    • back in the ps2 days character skins were unlock codes and cheat codes and they weren’t pre order exclusive to stores, things have changed a lot since then for the worse, and i’m thinking of getting the ps3 version to avoid the online and the horrible trophies that will go with it, not after it’s been heavily discounted mind you, graphics won’t be any different on ps3 it seems so i won’t be missing out much.

  • worst graphics ever? senseless chromatic abberation, low res textures, very few objects that are cloned all over the place, characters look out of place, puke inducing dirty lightning, simple geometry. neither realistic nor artistic pleasing style. is this game shown off at prototype stage?

    • Nice checklist. Yep, its an Unreal 3 engine game alright and in the hands of people who aren’t geniuses too as there does exist at least 10 masterpiece Unreal 3 engine games .

    • Hell, Arkham Knight is made in Unreal Engine 3.

  • Originally a launch title for the PS1 apparently…

  • Looks awful. even Underground 1 on PS2 looks graphically better than this. how is this a PS4 game ?

  • Where popular name branding is concerned, quality isn’t important as people will buy into the name alone.

    Just look at FIFA, CoD, NBA.

    Just the same thing every year with no real improvements and just cosmetic additions.

    • that isn’t true. if people get tired, bored or frustrated enough people WILL stop buying the games. branding can only take a game so far before people are fed up.

  • Poor graphics won’t stop it from being a good game – if it captures the essence of THPS2 and adds solid online functionality, then I’ve no doubt it’ll be great fun to play. What it *will* do, unfortunately, is stop people from paying full price for it. Given a choice between dropping £45 on this or MGS5 in September, I know which one most people will be waiting for to hit the bargain bins

  • looks like a new Tony Hawk for smartphones…..

    • I think you hit the nail on the head there. It’ll no doubt be going mobile at some stage.

      Getting this game made in this day and age would have been hard. If it does well maybe we’ll great a real aaa TH game.
      2 was amazingly addictive.

  • Should be good until they release skate 4 for ps4 hopefully in the near future

  • I wonder if that chromatic aberration will work with old school 3D glasses.

  • In my opinion games should be developed for the most powerful device and then scaled down to other devices if necessary, not vice versa. I hope this is fun to play, but it really does look last-gen, possibly even designed for a mobile.

    I wish publishers would let the PS3/360 die a noble and dignified death.

  • There comes the sheer thought..

  • Looking at the videos, my brain is having trouble computing depth. The art style is blended in a strange way. I’ll buy this at a download game price but not at full price. My verdict is that Activision as a publisher needs to keep this game in development for another year but we all know that is never happening. I can see the disappointment and the lower than expected scores already.

  • but will this game have cheats? Thats make or break for me buying this. Made the game so fun.

  • For those who don’t remember: Games are called “GAMES” because you PLAY THEM!
    Not because its a interactive movie with some “quick-time Events” and no gameplay.

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