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Tony Hawk totally pinkie swear promises you that Shred is going to be good

Proving that he’s an eternal optimist, Tony Hawk is excited for the sequel to Tony Hawk: Ride, Tony Hawk: Shred. In an interview with the UK’s Official Nintendo Magazine, Hawk answered some questions about Ride's shortcomings: "The one thing we needed to improve was software integration and we have immensely. I think when people see the improvements they'll be very impressed." Given Ride’s average Metacritic score of 44, “The one thing we needed to improve ” might be the understatement of the year.

Despite all the hate though, there’s something about Tony Hawk that makes you go “Hmm, maybe he’s not just spouting out PR hype , maybe he’s telling the truth!” He’s just so wholesome looking, so trustworthy. But don’t think we’ve forgotten last time Tony, when you served up a ridiculous peripheral and an even worse game, charged over $100 for it, then accused critics of being "snarky" when it was panned. But hey, at least you could actually skate with the game board:

Hawk also mentioned the lessons they learned from Ride: "You tend to take it for granted that you do know how to control it properly. So to let more people try it and get feedback and understanding, but also to not push deadlines so harshly, that's what we've learned." Despite the lessons learned and the likelihood that Shred will be better than Ride, the disastrous fallout from the first game will be extremely hard to get away from. Even if you do name it Shred instead of Ride 2.

What do you guys think? Do you still have your Ride boards lurking in a closet somewhere? Could Shred compell you to give it another go, or should Tony have just cut his losses and buried everything in the desert with those old E.T. Atari cartridges?

Sep 7, 2010 

15 comments

  • CoryRX8 - September 8, 2010 3:18 p.m.

    @elpurplemonkey That may have been what the reviews said, but all that a reviewer could possibly know is that the game wasn't responsive; they have no way of knowing whether it a bad peripheral or just a bad game. Activision and Tony Hawk are claiming that it was the software and that the hardware is solid, so they're using the same board in Shred.
  • Sala106 - September 8, 2010 11:57 a.m.

    Hrmm...Looks legit
  • elpurplemonkey - September 8, 2010 2:17 a.m.

    A lot of the reviews said that the board itself was fundamentally flawed. They said it simply did not work. So will Shred have a new board? Or is it a matter of getting the old one to react to you better. I find it hard to imagine Shred being significantly better than Ride- a best case scenario would be from a 4 average to a 6 or 7, but even then everyone will lament how it's not as good as THPS 1, 2 or 3. If the developers are going to stick with the board angle, the best bet seems like a more casual title with Kinect/Move integration, on top of a cheaper board.
  • TheIronMaiden - September 8, 2010 12:33 a.m.

    meh I was burnt out with tony hawk after...hmmm the first one on the N64
  • GamesRadarMichaelGrimm - September 7, 2010 11:33 p.m.

    @BlindMarksman he's talking about the track that starts around 0:25
  • BlindMarksman - September 7, 2010 11:13 p.m.

    @pollenski: I thought it was "Zero" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs... or what do you mean???
  • GamesRadarMichaelGrimm - September 7, 2010 10:34 p.m.

    @avantgaurdian RMPS would be great but think of all the broken ankle lawsuits from failed Primo and Casper slides haha
  • awsomemaster - September 7, 2010 10:24 p.m.

    when ride first came out i got it and was happy, it took me about a week to learn how to control it but after that first week or so it was really fun. i still have it sitting around but don't play it much heck i don't really play my wii much anyway >_>
  • willyfoureyes - September 7, 2010 10:22 p.m.

    It's hard to get much worse than what happened with RIDE. I checked out after THUG 2 was released, and it's not likely I'm going to get back on the Hawkman's bandwagon again.
  • avantguardian - September 7, 2010 10:15 p.m.

    the continued decline of one of my favorite franchises is just too sad...it's like watching one of your best friends become an alcoholic or heroin addict...there's just nothing you can do about it... what we really need is rodney mullen pro skater (RMPS)!
  • pollenski - September 7, 2010 10:04 p.m.

    epic flying lotus tune at the beginning of the video and excellent pisstaking at the end - gotta love the irish
  • conchking - September 7, 2010 10:04 p.m.

    No where to go but up I guess.
  • Tronto13 - September 7, 2010 10:02 p.m.

    THUG owned, THUG 2 sucked, American wasteland owned... RIDE was ok but not amazing, tbh though he isnt gonna say this sucked and the new game will as well...
  • 8bitBaby - September 7, 2010 9:39 p.m.

    wow the ride board is surprisingly durable. ... no thanks tony... i'll pass.
  • Brutus - September 7, 2010 9:23 p.m.

    I was burnt out on tony hawk games by the end of THUG.

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