With the release of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD on XBLA there has been a rejuvenated interest in playing the classic Tony Hawk's Pro Skater games. Since all of the older Xbox versions of Tony Hawk's games are backward compatible with the Xbox 360, we thought we'd take a look at how they actually perform.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2x - Plays fine, but there are frequent 1-3 second pauses when navigating menus. We also had a brief pause during gameplay for a couple of seconds, but it never happened again past that one time. The game is definitely fun and worth picking up if you aren't satisfied with THPS HD.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 - Requires that your Xbox 360 be set to 480P mode - any other resolution causes the game to get stuck on the white "Xbox" logo. When you switch to the proper resolution it plays perfectly fine and is actually probably the best performing of the three THPS titles on Xbox 360.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 - Some graphical glitches and occasional framerate problems, but nothing that affects gameplay that much. Still very playable.
All of the games look great upscaled and smoothed out with the Xbox 360's backward compatibility and the Xbox 360 controller handles these games just fine. You can pick them all up used for around $5 each or less. The two Tony Hawk's Underground games are both also BC on Xbox 360, but we didn't try them. Tony Hawk's American Wasteland is BC as well, but we prefer the Xbox 360 version.