Anyone else like extreme sports games (THPS, etc.)?

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Anyone else like extreme sports games (THPS, etc.)?

Postby ZeroJanitor » Mon Aug 08, 2016 8:00 pm

I feel like the genre (specifically Tony Hawk's Pro Skater and games with similar formulas) shares some similarities with the 3D platformer:
  • Large 3D areas with lots to explore
  • Fun to just move around
  • Usually offers a checklist of missions and objectives to complete
  • Surged in popularity in the late 90s/early 00s
But also differs in certain ways:
  • Takes inspiration from real-world areas (most of the time) and based on the culture of the sport
  • Movement requires more execution
  • Emphasizes momentum and combos over platforming

It's a genre that's fallen out of popularity, I guess perhaps because the sports they're based on have as well. I worry the recently-released and critically-panned Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 has severely hurt the chances of a genre revival in the next several years.

But then again maybe I'm the only one here who cares about these games and no one else could give two damns. I dunno.

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