Tony Hawk Upset with Ride Reviews

December 7, 2009 Written by Dan Massi


Tony Hawk: Ride was one of the most anticipated titles this year. Not only did it mark the return of the Tony Hawk series from it’s two year absence, but also introduced a new way to play the skateboard genre.

Priced at $119.99, Tony Hawk: Ride released on November 17th 2009. The title was first spoken about early last year, and finally revealed on December 3rd, 2008. The game was anticipated to change how the skateboard genre was played. However, Ride was criticized heavily by reviewers. Currently on Metacritic, Tony Hawk: Ride holds the title of “Generally unfavorable reviews”, with a score of 48 on PlayStation 3. Big gaming websites, such as IGN and GameSpot giving the title 5.0 and 3.5, respectively (both scores are out of ten). Since the franchise is based on Tony Hawk’s name, of course he himself has given comments on the hateful reviews.

“They were ready to discredit it before they even tried it, and if it didn’t play exactly how they imagined it… then they passed it off.”

Tony Hawk was both involved in the concept and even the controller of the game. The controller is similar to the Wii Balance Board, with the user shifting their weight to use the skateboard in-game accordingly. Though the controller was a positive point in GameSpot’s 3.5 point review of the title, other reviewers weren’t so happy with it. Many stated that the board was unresponsive. Hawk added these comments.

“I don’t agree with people who say the board’s not responsive. I think that they’re not giving it a fair shake. And I think a lot of them came into with an attitude that it’s going to suck.”

Do you agree with Tony Hawk’s comment towards the reviews of the game?