5. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater
This was the game that started it all and made nearly everyone want to pick up a skateboard. Even those who couldn’t land a heelflip or 50-50 grind in real life were still able to enjoy the excitement of skateboarding vicariously through playing as a number of skaters like Buckey Lasek, Bob Burnquist and Andrew Reynolds. Mixed with innovative gameplay and shred-worthy level designs, Tony Hawk Pro Skater broke the standard of sports games that often lacked any type of innovation. Neversoft and Activision knew they had struck gold when they teamed up with Tony Hawk.