Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 sounds great on paper with an amazing online compontent that can support up to 20 skaters at a single time. And then you watch a trailer only to find out that it looks like an early PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 game. The graphics aren’t exactly the best, so what do you do when this happens?

Scrap everything and go with a low-demand, highly stylized art design.

Robomodo has clearly heard the complaints about its game’s graphics, because with less than two months before the Sept. 29 launch, the company has overhauled its character models with a more cartoonish approach. The results are certainly a lot better, at least to this writer’s typically cynical eyes, but hardly the kind of cel-shading mastery we’ve seen from games like Jet Set Radio and Okami… a decade ago.

Honestly, I like this change, and I think it could improve the final game. What I would like to see is Activision delay it for a month or so and really let Robomodo go crazy with it. Judging by the small budget the game obviously had, though, I think Activision just wants to get this one on the market.

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 will be released for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC on Sept. 29.

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