Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2: How To Manual For Huge Combos
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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2: How To Manual For Huge Combos

Lloyd Coombes
4 September 2020

Manuals are a must for building killer combos.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2, the remastered pairing of the Birdman's first two virtual outings, is out now.

If you're wondering how to achieve mammoth scores to complete every level objective, you'll need to learn the manual.

It's not the flashiest of moves, but it's just as important as any ever.

Here's how to do it.

THPS 1 + 2: How To Manual

The manual is essentially the skateboarding equivalent of a wheelie.

If you want to get your front or rear wheels off the ground, it's simple.

On your controller, quickly press up and then down on the left stick, or down and then up to go onto your front wheels.

This doesn't require you to jump, making it ideal for keeping combos going, but you can input the command in the air to land into a manual.

It'll also add an extra multiplier to your score, and you can chain it with smaller flip tricks.

For example, you could kickflip, land in a manual, and then ollie up into another trick, back into a manual, and so on and so forth.

While you're in a manual, use the balance bar to ensure you don't bail or put all of your wheels back on the floor.

This is done using the left stick. 

Bailing will cost you your entire combo, while returning to a normal skate position will end the combo but still award the points.

For more on THPS 1 + 2, be sure to check out our review where we were incredibly impressed by not only its attention to the details of the original but the way in which it makes subtle evolutions to a 20-year-old game.

You can find it here.

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