Listen, I skateboard, and playing the unrealistic Tony Hawk games was getting boring. My
buddies and I would literally just do kickflips down stairs. No big combos or shit like that.
We liked the realism. So when Tony Hawk was ruling the consoles back in the days of PS1,
Rockstar put out the best skateboarding game; Thrasher; Skate and Destroy. It was way
more realistic then Tony Hawk, the controls were strange, but worked very well, and the
the animations on 95% of the tricks were tight.
To do flip tricks, you used only the Triangle button, to push was X, just to ollie it was
square, and X was grind and so forth. So it wasn't like push X to jump then push square
and left to kickflip, it was hold down triangle, release with a direction pushed, thats it. It
was golden. And to do like backside tricks you have to hold down R1. It was so good. You
could only do one trick in the air so if you pick kickflip that was it till you hit the ground.
Now that I have a PS3, I am enjoying the shit out of the game again. Its so good. It
competes with Skate right now, honestly realism and trick wise. Its that good! If you can
find a copy and love skateboarding, play it. If you like Tony Hawk, you probably won't like
this too much.
From articles I've read in mag's, they say Thrasher highly influenced Skate. Rockstar got it
right on, but that was the end, as it didn't sell very good against Tony Hawk's games. Not a
lot of gamers liked the realism, but for us skaters, it was pure gold.