Whether you're playing it on the Dreamcast, the PS1 or a piece of wood, one thing is clear:
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 is a great game.
The best thing about this game is you don't even need to like skateboarding, understand the concept of a "Kickflip" or know who the heck Tony Hawk is to enjoy it! In fact, I personally know exactly three things about Mr Tony Hawk: he's a skateboarder, he was a stunt double in one of the Police Academy movies and kickass games are named after him. I also do not care much for real life skateboarding as it detracts from one of my favourite pastimes, playing extensive amounts of skateboarding video games. This particular masterpiece was developed by Neversoft, published by Activision and originally released for the Playstation before being ported to other consoles.
What else is so great about Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2?
This thirst for skateboarding "badassery" means that the game is instantly addictive and never NOT fun to play. Even when you're doing the same thing over and over, failing constantly, witnessing your beloved Tony Hawk come crashing down like a pile of bricks, it somehow all feels worth it. The upbeat early-2000's rock soundtrack soon becomes a part of you, like an extra toe, and you get into an unstoppable rhythm as your fingers gradually turn the controllers into wet Play-Doh. Gathering hard-to-grasp floating letters becomes an obsession, jumping over homeless guys (an actual goal in this game) takes precedent over any urgent bodily function and it doesn't take long before you are reduced to a happily red-eyed and frustrated monk preaching the gospel of pixelated skateboarding through your quiet dedication. After several hours of gameplay, your soul will be in the hands of Papa Roach and Bad Religion and you won't even care.
You can pretty much do whatever you want once you select a course to skate in but there are competition levels where you are tasked with getting a ridiculous score in a short amount of time before you can unlock the next area. Those parts are hard but exciting as they put your newly acquired skills to the test, adding another layer of challenge to the game. Other highlights include skating over a helicopter to bring it to life and chasing a bull around an arena as you collect its poo. Ironically, the least interesting thing about the game are the short clips of actual skateboarding.
I could go on and on about how enjoyable Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 is to play but, chances are, you know that already. Since its initial release for the Playstation in 2000, it's become something of a classic and rightly so.