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Tony Hawk Ride: Are YOU going to like it?

You WON'T like Tony Hawk Ride if... you love your carpet

From what we've seen, there's a very real possibility that prolonged play could absolutely shag your pile. On the carpet we were playing on, using the skateboard controller really churned up fluff. We fashioned a little skater out of just *some* of the fluff we made. This is him:

We're not claiming to be carpet experts or anything, but logically we'd think that sustained and vigorous use of the skateboard on the same patch of carpet would, over time, have some detrimental, wearing effect.

You WILL like Tony Hawk Ride if... you like games that your family can enjoy together

That's what this is all about. Tony Hawk Ride has been very deliberately designed so that it welcomes all players, regardless of gamer status. The skating is incredibly intuitive and any person with working legs can step on the board, have a go and feel like they're pretty good at it.

Casual difficulty 'steers' the board pretty much automatically, so unskilled players - like your mum and dad or whoever - can concentrate exclusively on pulling off tricks that make them look like they know what they're doing. They will enjoy it and you'll probably enjoy watching them enjoying it. It's that kind of game.

You WON'T like Tony Hawk Ride if... the thought of spending £100/$120 on a skateboarding game makes you feel a bit sick

Based on our experience we've had with Tony Hawk Ride so far, there's absolutely no question that the board works fantastically well. It *is* gimmicky, but it's sturdy and responsive and it does a commendable job in its role as an input device. But it's expensive. Real expensive. We're talking £100/$120 expensive.

It feels even more expensive when you consider that - after a couple hours play and despite being a lot of fun - there's nothing about Tony Hawk Ride that suggests it's going to be anywhere near as good as Skate 2. And that's a game that you can pick up for around a third of the price and play with a conventional controller. Which is how we'd rather play a skateboarding game.

And there we have it. A whole load of factors that should help you decide whether Tony Hawk Ride is going to be YOUR kind of thing. It's not released until December, so you've still got plenty of time to um and ah before making up your mind.

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14 comments

  • Ram3000 - November 3, 2009 4:58 a.m.

    Actually, I'm down for this game. Although its not like relaxing on a couch after a long tiring day, i think this will be fun. Plus, people, it doesn't hurt to do a little exercise. Dang you guys are lazy!
  • Brutus - October 20, 2009 6:32 a.m.

    @hardcore_gamer1990---I bet I can guess your age.
  • KankerRam - October 19, 2009 7:50 a.m.

    People don't want to get off their ass to play a game, they want to sit back and do things they couldn't do in real life. If its going to be this realistic you may as well go outside and skateboard for REAL and make REAL life experiences, this games just a huge waste of money.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - October 18, 2009 9:10 p.m.

    *copies crumbdunky's opinion* Yes, shit.
  • gorillazbmx6 - October 17, 2009 1:50 a.m.

    Theres no point in making skating this "realistic" the only reason i liked skate 2 was because i could relax after skating but still get pumped for my next sesh. This is also wayyyy to expensive. The max i shell out for a REAL board is about $110ish which i what i would much rather have.
  • Estacado - October 16, 2009 6:53 p.m.

    Skating for little crying babies
  • Kipper - October 16, 2009 2:16 p.m.

    I'm guessing it will sell better on the Wii than on PS3 or Xbox, since peripheral-based games sell better there.
  • Stefan372 - October 16, 2009 3:44 a.m.

    ehh ill just stick to the couch with my sweaty ass well now i know i wont buy the game... skating games kinda died remember when i got the second tony hawk and i thought it was like revolutionary or something then i guess skating lost its edge over the years
  • AXELSTORM44 - October 15, 2009 11:02 p.m.

    It looks cool, but the thing I like about tony hawk games is the insane combos u can pull off. i like being able to jump 10 feet by olling, and doing a triple impossible no sweat. i might look into this, but not until its actually out for a while.
  • kor2disturbed - October 15, 2009 9:12 p.m.

    I probably wont get it cas i am the kinda guy who likes to sit on his ass when playing avideo game with a controller nd i on skate so no i wont
  • Samael - October 15, 2009 5:08 p.m.

    ...Huh? Oh yeah, this game. I could not care less.
  • Ujifuji2323 - October 15, 2009 4:47 p.m.

    @crumbdunky very true i would much rather prefer to keep my ass warm than look really stupid and sweaty.
  • waynski1457 - October 15, 2009 4:13 p.m.

    After what Neversoft did to both the THPS and GH series, I really find myself not caring about this at all. I do try to keep an open mind however, and I will admit that I at least want to try it.
  • crumbdunky - October 15, 2009 4:12 p.m.

    Massive waste of R&D. Skating games just do no sell like Hawks games used to(not even the excelent Skate series)so just who's going to pay up for this load of short lived peripheral gimmicky oddness? Skaters? No, they could get a new deck, some cool trucks/wheels, whatever for their real hobby rather than a placcy board without wheels that dumbs their skill down. Casuals and mums? I doubt it when it's over hald the price of a Wii for ONE game(I don't see the board being used in anything lese like the Wii balance board either)and there's a recession going on people! Gamers who like skating games? A few but most of them will still think they'll look both silly and sweaty doing it and give it a wide berth in general while continuing to play Skate at a fraction of the cost of this. Activision do LOVE to find ways of makng games dearer but, here, they shot themselves right in the foot as the price is DAFT. Plus it doesn't even look as good onscreen as Skate when done well. Big fail coming imo.

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