The Tony Hawk series has been known for their impressive soundtracks, with the first game introducing many skaters to songs like Goldfinger’s Superman and a variety of great punk and ska tunes. Activision is hoping to keep the ball-bearing rolling with the current series revival effort, and has released the complete soundtrack for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5. It’s got some large shoes to fill, but fans can be the ultimate judge on how it compares to previous generations of the series.
Fans got their first taste of the new Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater from the initial gameplay trailer about a month ago, which provided the first real look at a Pro Skater game since 2002, back when they were developed by Neversoft. Now it’s Robomodo’s time to step up to the developer’s plate, and all eyes will be on them to see if they can recapture the magic that the old games consistently delivered.
There are 32 listed songs in all, which means it has far more songs than the first three titles ever did, which had dramatically less musical content but hit the nail on the head for each track that made it into each game.
Here’s the full soundtrack for fifth Pro Skater, which boasts a decent mix of well-known tunes and some great tracks most won’t have heard of before. Not all of the featured bands actually had their songs uploaded officially online, but Activision provided links to the tunes wherever possible for your listening pleasure:
- Anti-Flag – “Stars and Stripes”
- Atmosphere – “Southsiders”
- Black Pistol Fire – “Hipster Shakes”
- Bully – “Milkman”
- Cloud Nothings – “I’m Not Part of Me”
- Cold Cave – “A Little Death to Laugh”
- Connie Price and the Keystones – “International Hustler”
- Crass Mammoth – “All 149”
- Deaf Poets – “Degenerate Mind”
- Death – “Keep On Knocking”
- Death From Above 1979 – “Virgins”
- Deer Mother – “When The Wolves Come Out”
- Doomtree – “Mini Brute”
- Fake P – “Rorschach”
- Family Force 5 – “Raised By Wolves”
- Four Year Strong – “Go Down In History”
- Harlan – “Moment To Myself”
- Hundred Visions – “Our Ritual”
- Hungry Hands – “Highline”
- Icon For Hire – “Cynics and Critics”
- Killer Be Killed – “Wings of Feather and Wax”
- New Politics – “Everywhere I Go”
- Plague Vendor – “Black Sap Scriptures”
- Ratatat – “Cream on Chrome”
- RattBlack – “Skate Rock”
- Royal Blood – “Little Monster”
- State Champs – “Secrets”
- Temples – “Shelter Song”
- The Orwells – “Who Needs You”
- The Schitzophonics – “Rat Trap”
- The Sheds – “Bad Things are Bad”
- Yogi & Skrillex – “Burial”
The game underwent a large visual change to keep things running at a smooth 60 frames per second during online multiplayer (which won’t be a feature for those on last generation consoles), and many fans were off-put by the cel-shaded cartoon style that the game switched to. Activision will be hoping a strong audio lineup will appease anyone put-off from the dramatic visual changes, and hopefully the series can ride back on track from whatever dark place Tony Hawk: Shred and Tony Hawk: Ride brought them.
What do you think of the soundtrack, Ranters? Does it compare to previous members of the series?
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 is set to launch on September 29th for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 users, with Xbox 360 and PS3 users having to wait until November 10th.