During my childhood when I had my PS1 console I remember picking up Tony Hawk's Pro Skater for under £5 at my local ASDA and during those years between 2001-2006 the Tony Hawk series were just amazing for a skating game, I never really cared much about sport games like Fifa or F1 Racing. The Tony Hawk series even helped me learn a few tricks when I used to skate for a little bit without breaking any bones or injuries from pulling off any ollie or grind tricks, almost every Christmas I always ask for the next Tony Hawk game from family alongside the next Harry Potter game.
Not only Neversoft made the Tony Hawk series a huge success they also developed Apocalypse and Spider-Man for the PlayStation both of those franchises were also amazing games, I remember playing Spider-Man and I did laugh at the Tony Hawk references that were in the game itself where you see the logo for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 on a billboard sign or entering the cheat code to protect Tony Hawk from Scorpion. Speaking of the Tony Hawk games in 2003 Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure used the same game engine as Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 but instead using Disney characters from the three films Toy Story, Tarzan and Lion King this was a nice idea to bring a younger audience of gamers and kids into skating and sport games.
In 2007 they developed the later Guitar Hero games including Guitar Hero III, Aerosmith, World Tour and Metallica; the last game to be released from them for the Guitar Hero franchise was back in 2010 with Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. After hearing about the news today on the veteran developer celebrated its own demise by setting fire to a large effigy of its iconic logo an eyeball on a stick and by gifting a massive monogrammed Bowie knife to each of its employees. Neversoft's staffs are being amalgamated into Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward to create one single super-studio, which emerged back in May. This decision was made after Neversoft aided Infinity Ward on last year's Call of Duty: Ghosts, and comes several years after the studio last worked on a major franchise of its own.
After I've read the news about Neversoft felt like a part of my childhood had made me feel empty inside and how much I loved the company for making most of it's Tony Hawk games. It was when I first bought my PS3 picked up Project 8 which was the last Tony Hawk game I've played in the series but it felt like the series had missed something and didn't like a good Tony Hawk game anymore the last game I've enjoyed playing was the year before that which was American Wasteland which was the first game to have no loading time games and creating your own skate park with materials all over Los Angeles. What I really do remember about playing Tony Hawk's Pro Skater was playing the song "Superman- Goldfinger" in almost every level and challenge in the game, even hearing the song on my MP3 player right now makes me want to play the game because it was that good for a skateboard and there hasn't been a good skating game since.
Did you grow up with the Tony Hawk series when you first had a PS1? Or have a favourite game in the series or a favourite title from Neversoft?
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