Tony Hawk 5 gets a massive patch that adds content, fixes bugs

It still has a bit to go

For roughly two months, Tony Hawk 5 has been plagued with bugs, from online connectivity to fundamental gameplay flaws. Finally, developer Robomodo has pushed a patch this month that rectifies some of the problems, while adding two additional levels and a few quality of life tweaks.

Even though this patch does fix some issues based on my testing, it doesn’t wholly make up for some of the other shortcomings, like uninspired mission and level designs. In the end, I really wanted to like Tony Hawk 5, but a complete lack of polish brought it down. I hope this isn’t the end for the franchise — Activision needs to give it another go with another developer before it trashes it.

Check out the full patch notes below.

1.03 Patch Notes:

Content

  • Additional levels have been added (Underground, Wild West)
  • Additional character campaigns have been added (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tyler the Creator)
  • Lighting and visuals have been improved for several levels
  • Ability to regain Special Meter during a single combo has been added
  • Per-Mission Leaderboards have been added
  • Added option to “Return to Freeskate” while in a Mission or Mode
  • Added option to “Return to Freeskate” while search for the other player for Co-op Missions or Modes
  • Tutorial has been updated
  • Many Pro Skaters’ Textures have been updated
  • Several Pro Skaters have received Sponsor update
  • Create-a-Park Levels have been updated
  • Increased the total number of Stat points a Campaign can earn from 128 to 150

Gameplay

  • Several gameplay mechanics within the levels have been updated
  • Grinds were updated in several of the levels

Networking

  • The User Generated Content Rating System has been updated
  • Added Likes/Dislikes to the User Generated Levels
  • New Challenge UI Flow for matching during FreeSkate has been added
  • Leaderboard functionality was updated
  • Several multiplayer modes have been added and updated
  • Modes added include “Daily Grind,” “Skate Hoarding,” and “Manual Mayhem”

UI

  • More options for user preference have been added including:
  • Double tapping grind button to activate slam
  • Opt in/out of Global Voice Chat
  • Several UI audio effects have been added
  • Misc – minor UI fixes and improvements have been made
Chris Carter
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