Today is the game’s official launch day, and yet Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5’s first patch is larger than the actual game, which means a sizeable download for those eager to play it. It means more waiting time and, depending on your internet connection, a lot frustration.
- THPS 5 officially launched on Sep. 29th for Xbox One and PlayStation 4
- Its initial size is of 4.6GB
- The update has 7.7GB of additional content that players need to download
- THPS 5 will be available in November on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
The newest skater game will require downloading a lot of content before you’ll be able to hit the half pipes. That is indeed worrying, as it might hint to the fact that it wasn’t fully ready for release. Considering the issues they have encountered during development though, that might not be a big surprise.
Interested gamers have an additional 7.7GB to download after installing the 4.6GB game before they get to play it. That’s a huge difference that rarely comes up between a patch and the actual game itself. This is also only the day-one update, so more are likely to come sometime in the future. That’s quite normal, but the size of the initial patch is worrying.
The large file is likely the consequence of the last-minute change made by Robomodo to entirely change its graphic style not long before its actual launch. This has deflated the hopes of most fans of the franchise. The news also came after the developer has announced that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 will return to the classic gameplay, add online multiplayer mode, and scrap the story mode altogether.
Some have noted that the game itself is of rather small size to start with though. By today’s modern standards, 4.6GB is actually considerably light. Most videogames hit an average of 30GB, and that’s without taking into account giants like Grand Theft Auto V that clocked in a whopping 60GB of content.
Perhaps the update is entirely called for, but questions still might be posed why it hasn’t been featured in the first version of the game.
However, hopes are that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 remains loyal to the belief that the true power of a videogame is its gameplay quality, especially for one that so avidly focuses on a sport. This particular one will likely have limited dialog, and will concentrate on thrilling skateboarding more than a story.
If that rings true, perhaps the new game does stand a chance to live up to high expectations, in spite of discouraging beginnings.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 has become available for players on September 29th, on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It will arrive on last-gen consoles in November, for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
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