Excerpt: As you probably already know by now, Tony Hawk: Ride has had one of the worst critical receptions of the year - indeed, it's hard to remember the last time such a high-profile project was given such an all-round kicking.
Summary: Parents need to know that this game, as with past Tony Hawk games, isn't too controversial in its "Teen"-rated content. Along with some animated violence and a little bit of blood seen during a bad spill, the game is quite tame -- except for some background song lyrics that suggest sexual activity...
Conclusion: Maybe it's because I've been a fan of the series for so long, maybe it's because I hate EA's Skate games with a passion (realism my balls), or maybe it's because new technology interests me. Either way, it bombed and it bombed royally.
Summary: I am sure Tony Hawk had a great idea and vision when he brought this idea to Activision, but the game just did not work out. The board is a great idea, but it is not as responsive as it needs to be.
Pros: Challenge mode., The concept., The music.
Cons: Board responsiveness., Difficulty levels., Pretty much everything.
18 January 2010
Summary: Oh how the mighty have fallen. There was a time around the turn of the century where I would have told you that the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater franchise was one of video game's strongest.
Summary: I've played various Tony Hawk games since the Dreamcast and I've had a ton of fun with them, especially playing with others. The past few games with his name has been a hit or miss and it was time the franchise got a reboot.
Excerpt: The Tony Hawk series has seen its share of ups and downs over the years. Before EA's Skate came into the picture, Tony Hawk branded games had been a force in the video game industry starting in the late 1990's.
Excerpt: We all know that peripherals are fun, don’t we? Just think of all those fun times you’ve had standing playing Shaun White Snowboarding whilst stood on your Wii Balance Board, or hammering the drums during a Rock Band session.
Conclusion: You see Tony Hawk Ride's shallowness everywhere. You see it in its bare-bones online modes, which very few people are playing. You see it in the visuals, which get the job done without a lick of energy or personality.
Pros: The included skateboard peripheral is durable.
Cons: Movements don't register correctly much of the time, Bad menu organization and other presentation issues, Challenge mode stinks, and every mode is stripped, Tiny skating areas, Really expensive.