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‘OlliOlli’ is ‘Tony Hawk’ reimagined as a side-scrolling Vita game


In 1999, a video game helped make skateboarding mainstream. When the fledgling X-Games and the entire concept of extreme sports were still striving for acceptance, Tony Hawk was the face of the movement, a Michael Jordan-esque figure who dominated the sport and became a household name. And while his real-life heroics were a large part of the appeal, Tony Hawks Pro Skater for the original PlayStation (and later the Dreamcast and Nintendo 64) truly cemented him and the sport as a phenomenon. But over the years the Pro Skater series has slowly been milked to death by a regular stream of forgettable new releases, and while there have been a few standouts — like the excellent Skate series — skateboarding games have largely died alongside it.

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