Tony Hawk: Ride didn't turn out well, as most critics will tell you.

Now, the man himself talks about the game, and how he felt it was a "little rushed." That being said, he also believes that reviewers didn't give it enough of a chance; i.e., they didn't take enough time to learn how the board worked.

In speaking to Joystiq at GDC 2012, Tony elaborated on the poorly received Tony Hawk: Ride :

"I think that Ride was a bit rushed for a number of reasons, mostly because probably for about the first half of the development process it was just figuring out how to make a board and how to make it work — we were in uncharted territory. So the game was a bit rushed, but I still feel like the critics never really gave it a chance in terms of learning how to play. They got on it and went straight into expert mode, because supposedly they're expert gamers. And they didn't really learn the mechanics of how the board works, and so I felt like they already had their mind made up before it came out. It was a gimmick and it was a peripheral and whatnot, and they never really took the time to learn how to play it."

Well, no offense Mr. Hawk, but…that really wasn't it. The board just wasn't anywhere near responsive or accurate enough. Don't have to play it long to figure that out, ya know. But anyway, he also talked about the competition in EA's well-reviewed Skate franchise, and he doesn't have a case of sour grapes. In fact, he applauds the series:

"I appreciated that someone could come out with a new control scheme for a skaterboarding game. That was very unique and progressive. Honestly, I was happy that skating had come so far as a genre in video games that you could have two main titles. Prior to that, some people had tried to do skating games, but they were just copying us."

Now, Hawk's focus is on the recently revealed Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD , a revival of the classic title(s) that made such a big splash back in the PS1 era. Now see, those were pretty amazing games.

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WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Who would have thought you couldn't make a great skateboarding peripheral out of a board that sits still on the ground.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

His skateboard bundle went down in price so fast, that I bought the TH:Ride bundle brand new for $10, and newer updated TH:Shred skateboard bundle for only $13 at Big Lots.

And you know what???
In 1964, I was poor, I made my own skateboards at 11 years old.

For materials, I was using scrap wood planks left over from construction sites & screwing the old metal style shoe-hugging skates onto them. The only cost I had was for buying my own nails, at 9 cents a pound. And the skates never cost me a penny cause the kids had to give me both of their old skates if they wanted one made.

Hell, I must have sold dozens of them at a dollar each to almost half of all the other poor kids around my town.

Damn, if I only knew what I know now about how much the whole skateboard craze was going to kick in to overdrive, I would've gone on to become rich.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

You could make custom boards and sell em on ebay 🙂

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

Ha, I wouldn't know how or where to start now, with all these damned newfangled resin bodies & wheeled poly-whatevers.

And anyway, nails ain't so cheap anymore, LOL

BTW, I actually started out by making soapbox derby racers until companies stopped using the wooden crates I neededs.
Hence, my skateboards were born.


Last edited by BikerSaint on 3/8/2012 10:51:22 PM

thj_1980
thj_1980
9 years ago

yeah I seen some that sold for that much and countless kijiji posting on this game.

thj_1980
thj_1980
9 years ago

Mr. Hawk has to defend his game after all. I liked the older ones.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I would respect him more if he just said "Sorry I put my name on that crap guys"

TheCanadianGuy
TheCanadianGuy
9 years ago

i hope they eventually do THPS4 that was my favorite i got so addicted to that when i was 14 played it relentlessly mmm good memories 🙂

AcHiLLiA
AcHiLLiA
9 years ago

Tony Hawk games were fun until Skate came out.

___________
___________
9 years ago

hes got a point!

H0TSHELLZ
H0TSHELLZ
9 years ago

Tony Hawk Pro HD is MINE !!!!!