After the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series strayed from its roots and went on hiatus for a few years, it came back when Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 was released in early October for PS4 and XboxOne. Finally, THPS5 has been released for the PS3 and Xbox360. The reason for the two and a half month release delay of the last generation console versions was that the developers needed more time to fix the software problems on the Ps4/X1 versions.
The developers said the following back in October:
” ‘We are working closely with our developers to address the issues identified by our community,” said Activision in October. “Our development resources are fully focused on fixes and content updates for PS4 and Xbox One, so we have decided to delay the release of THPS5 on PS3 and X360.’ “
There have been some reports from IGN and others that the PS3/X360 version of THPS5 will only be available in North America today and not UK; however, Eurogamer has confirmed that the game has in fact been released in UK, as well.
When it was released on current gen consoles, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 received extremely low review scores. The bugs and glitches made the game partly unplayable and left a bad impression on the reviewers; however, at the end of November, the developers from Robomodo released an update to address these issues and also add new content to the game. Take a look at the Eurogamer article for the list of features from the update here.
It may have deserved a poor score on release. But now, after the free software update, the game may be worth a high score and worth playing. In addition, lots of free stuff came with the update, including Ninja turtle skaters and new levels. Perhaps Activision and Robomodo have made it up for their mistake by providing the new content to fans and customers. See the YouTube video from Icebears4ever for the review of the updated version of Tony Hawk 5.
If you like skateboarding but not the Tony Hawk games, try Skate 3 instead. Skate 3 has a more realistic feel and impressive looking physics, animations, and fluid controls. It is my preferred skateboarding video game. Here is the Skate 3 review from IGN.