09 Dec


The reviews for millionaire skate-boarding guru Tony Hawk’s latest game, including Elder-Geek’s own, were far from positive. The tycoon recently came forth to combat the critics of Tony Hawk Ride in an interview with Canadian newspaper The Sudbury Star, stating that reviewers had already made up their mind about the product before testing it out.

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

“I know that (Ride) is super fun, and I think there’s a misconception that I just stick my name on a game,” he added. “I brought this idea to Activision, and I saw it through, I’ve been playing it every step of the way and I am very proud of it.”

Given the near universal opinions of most reviewers, do you think Tony Hawk’s criticism of the reviewers is valid or invalid? Give us your own ideas on the interview, and Tony Hawk Ride in general, in the comments section below!

6 thoughts on “Tony Hawk Takes on Ride Critics”

  1. INVALID, he is just miffed that he wasted lots of money and time on developing this game. Tony, if you want people to play RIDE, fix the controller, it is a broken piece of plastic!

  2. With all due respect to Mr. Hawk, I spent hours trying to get that board to work. And if it was his idea, then this proves that extreme sports stars shouldn’t be designing games.

    He might be able to do it because he’s Tony Hawk. But average gamers will be met with nothing but an unyielding piece of plastic reminiscent of equally unyielding pieces of plastic from the 90’s.

    I loved the series to death…and now it is dead.

  3. I think he made a game that he thought was fun to play based on his skateboard experience. I don’t think he kept in mind that a lot of people playing that game aren’t actual skaters or atleast not very good and they play games to feel like they are. He designed a game for himself, not for gamers.

    1. Exactly. I have modest experience in skateboarding–I constantly skated in middle school (after playing THPS2 and THPS3) but it just doesn’t function properly.

      I’ll say this: if they make a control patch for Dualshock 3 support, I’ll revisit the game and re-review it. But honestly? To recoup their losses, they’ll have to give us PSN copies of THPS and THPS2 at the very least.

      1. That’s funny, because that’s when I skated too. 3 years… until highschool sports forced me to quit. I was never good though, only able to clear the schools 5 stair once.

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