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Tony Hawk RIDE Review

Tony's been taken for one

With Tony Hawk Ride the question of cost is unavoidable. That the recommended retail price is £100 (though it can be found for £80) is not even the biggest shocker here. It's exacerbated by the fact that you can only play Ride with the very reason for that wallet assault, the enormous white elephant that is the wireless board controller.

Apparently it's all Tony Hawk's idea. Get rid of "complex button combinations" and allow a "dynamic hands-free gaming experience", and surely you've a skateboarding game as close to the real thing as it's possible to get without smashing your funny bone. Nice idea, but what you actually get is severely twitchy controls. Early, gentler levels are simple enough to get the hang of, but as you progress to more complex urban courses the board's limitations are exposed.

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Push It Real Good

You push off by sliding your foot past one of the sensors on either side of the board while leaning left and right steers. It sounds fine but there's a distinct breakdown in communication somewhere between yourself and the board. You tell the game to do something a bit trickier than a grab or a kick flip and the game flashes up the little icon that confirms your command has been registered. But you'll suddenly clock that no matter how much you wiggle the board of wave your feet about, the board is completely ignoring both you and the game.

Anything that requires a degree of precision or agility is successful randomly. If you want to chain together a series of moves, there's a small but often chain-breaking delay between your gesture and the moves being performed.

In the Speed, Trick and Freeskate modes it's not so crucial because your progress through the game doesn't depend so much on skill, more on waggling the board about to see what happens and rack up substantial scores. Against other players the sensitivity problems are an unintentionally hilarious bonus, but in Challenge mode it's a game breaker, and it's not very funny at all.

The game design is far short of inspired, but if the board worked that would all have been glossed over - skating itself would have been great fun, and you wouldn't have noticed the paltry freeskating areas or the pedestrian race segments, or the half-baked world in general that has none of the zip or thrill of any previous Tony Hawk game.

DJ Hero and Guitar Hero just about justified their prices, but, crucially, they worked. Ride, on the other hand, fails miserably.


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  1. Icarus_Kid Monday 14th Dec 2009 at 17:39

    Every review i've have said it's absoulte rubbish, can see why aswell but I love how Tony Hawk has been saying that all the reviews are wrong and this is, like, game of the year lol

  2. nintendo_guy Monday 14th Dec 2009 at 17:40

    Oh dear...

  3. crazyturtle1234 Monday 14th Dec 2009 at 17:55

    Oh dear...

    oh dear... btw, is this oh dear thing going to become a fad?

  4. Hughdude Monday 14th Dec 2009 at 19:47

    Doesn't look that good but I was never going to buy it. Feel sorry for a friend thats getting it though. and Simon Cowell sensitivity? LOL

  5. Splinter435 Monday 14th Dec 2009 at 19:59

    Doesn't look that good but I was never going to buy it. Feel sorry for a friend thats getting it though. and Simon Cowell sensitivity? LOL

    Hear Hear!

  6. hulkbuster Monday 14th Dec 2009 at 20:11

    ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha why oh why do they do such things only to find it blows up in there faces and how much more can we take :oops:

  7. capmanchris Monday 14th Dec 2009 at 21:01

    not only is this one of the worst skateboarding games ever, it's even more expensive than a real skateboard!
    Why not spend Ł30 on a real skateboard, save Ł70, and have fun!

  8. mewthree Monday 14th Dec 2009 at 21:07

    Only Hawk game I ever got was THUG2, and that was for Jackass.
    I got rid of it inside about 2 months.

    SSX 4 LIFE!

  9. Random-Hero Tuesday 15th Dec 2009 at 03:59

    Since EA's Skate came around, people should know to avoid the Hawk titles.

  10. DragonOnSteroids Tuesday 15th Dec 2009 at 12:10

    Simon Cowell Sensitivity?

    Awesome! That made me laugh.

  11. JSupremoJ Thursday 17th Dec 2009 at 18:09

    The advert for the game is amazing: it's a shame the game isn't as good (according to you guys).

  12. RubbishGamer Sunday 3rd Jan 2010 at 19:10

    for the money you buy this game with, you might as well buy yourself a skateboard and learn real tricks. it will be more fun and it will benefit you more.

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