Tony Hawk: Ride

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Tony Hawk: Ride
Tony Hawk Ride cover.png
Developer(s) Robomodo (PS3 & X360)[1]
Buzz Monkey (Wii)[2]
Publisher(s) Activision
Series Tony Hawk's
Platform(s) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii
Release date(s)
  • NA November 17, 2009[3]
  • EU December 4, 2009
  • AUS March 10, 2010
Genre(s) Extreme sports, simulation
Mode(s) Single-player, online multiplayer
Distribution Blu-ray Disc, DVD, Wii Optical Disc

Tony Hawk: Ride is a game in the Tony Hawk's series of video games. The game was released on November 17, 2009 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360[4] and Wii.[5] It was released in Australia on March 10, 2010.[6]

Having the lowest ratings and worst sales for a Tony Hawk game, Ride debuted to negative critical and commercial legacy. It has been widely criticized by video game critics as the worst of the series. It also failed to meet financial predictions, and led to a bad financial drop that risked cancellation of the game's publication.

Gameplay[edit]

In Ride, the player uses the skateboard peripheral to simulate the riding of an actual skateboard in the game. The peripheral, shaped just like a real skateboard, is equipped with infrared sensors to detect motion and display it on-screen. Turning, leaning, hopping, and other actions all reflect in the game realistically.

Soundtrack[edit]

Development[edit]

In February 2008, publisher Activision said that the game was currently undergoing research and testing. The publisher also said at the time that the game will be a "re-engineering [for] the franchise" and said that there will be "a new direction for the brand."[7]

In May 2008, Activision spoke more about the new game. During a quarterly earnings conference, the company again confirmed that the new game would "deliver the kind of breakthrough this franchise needs." At the same time, Activision confirmed that the new game would not be released in 2008, but is scheduled to be out before their 2010 fiscal year ends. This would put the window of release between April 1, 2009 and March 31, 2010.

On December 3, 2008 Activision announced a new motion sensing balance board peripheral that players will "put down the controller, step on the board, and feel the sensation of going big... Shift your weight to turn and balance grinds, kick back on the tail of the board to ollie, and lean into airs to pull off huge spins."[8] On May 15, 2009, it was announced that the game will not be called Tony Hawk's Adrenaline, but instead Tony Hawk: Ride. The soundtrack is also confirmed, including The Fold with their track "Neverender" and Green Day's "Murder City".

On May 25, 2009, GameStop listed the game for an October 13, 2009 release date, but was not confirmed by the developer.[9] On August 6, 2009, Tony Hawk: Ride was dated for November 20 in the UK. It was also given a limited edition at UK retailer Game.[10]

On August 10, 2009, Tony Hawk: Ride was dated for November 17 in the United States.[3]

Sales[edit]

In the first month of its U.S. release, Tony Hawk: Ride sold 114,000 copies.[11]

Reception[edit]

Tony Hawk: Ride received negative reviews from critics. The Metacritic average score of 46,[12] 44,[13] and 47[14] for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii versions respectively indicates "generally unfavorable reviews." GameTrailers gave Tony Hawk: Ride a score 4.6[15] and named it Most Disappointing Game of 2009,[16] while IGN gave the game a 5.0.[citation needed] Both G4TV and Giant Bomb rated it 1/5.[citation needed] GameSpot gave it a 3.5/10,[citation needed] with the only positive emblem the game received being that the peripheral was "sturdy".

GamesRadar gave the game 4/10.[17] They also named it the worst game of the year, using its skateboard peripheral as the trophy for the "Anti-Awards" feature.[18] Game Informer gave it a 5.75, remarking that "As a skateboarder and as a gamer, Tony Hawk: Ride is a curious idea but a letdown in practice. The huge level of frustration is not worth the time it takes to master the awkward gameplay idiosyncrasies."[19]

On December 5, 2009, Tony Hawk spoke out about the critics on Twitter, saying "Most snarky critics had their minds set before ever seeing/playing the game. I'm proud of what we created; it's innovative, responsive & fun".[20]

Sequel[edit]

Tony Hawk stated that a sequel to Tony Hawk: Ride was already planned prior to the first game's release in November. Snowboarding and surfing were mentioned as possible priorities.[21] On January 22, 2010, he confirmed that he was working with Robomodo on the sequel.[22]

Activision Publishing's CEO, Mike Griffith, has said that "It took longer to optimize the hardware, leaving less time to optimize the software", when asked about the development of the original game.[23] A new title, Tony Hawk: Shred, was inadvertently revealed on Hawk's Twitter page, before being officially announced by Activision on April 22, 2010. It also used the Ride peripheral, but a new design was featured on top of the board.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Neversoft not doing next Tony Hawk". Gaming Target. 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  2. ^ Buzz Monkey Software | Video Game Development Studio
  3. ^ a b "Tony Hawk RIDE North American Release Date Confirmed". 2009-08-10. 
  4. ^ "Tony Hawk: Ride Xbox 360 Exclusive in UK". Gaming Union. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  5. ^ DJ Hero, Modern Warfare 2, Guitar Hero Greatest Hits and a lot more in Activision's 2009 release schedule
  6. ^ Tony Hawk: RIDE - Xbox 360 - EB Games Australia
  7. ^ Activision confirms Bond movie tie-in, new COD, two Guitar Heroes - DS News at GameSpot
  8. ^ Report: Modern Warfare 2, board-based Tony Hawk confirmed
  9. ^ Tony Hawk: Ride Is Not Cheap
  10. ^ Tony Hawk Ride dated, priced, limited edition'd in UK
  11. ^ Tony Hawk Ride Grinds Up 114,000 In Sales
  12. ^ Tony Hawk Ride for Xbox 360 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic
  13. ^ Tony Hawk Ride for PlayStation 3 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic
  14. ^ Tony Hawk Ride for Wii Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic
  15. ^ Tony Hawk: Ride Video Game, Review | Video Clip | Game Trailers & Videos | GameTrailers.com
  16. ^ "GameTrailers Game of the Year Awards 2009 - Most Disappointing Game". GameTrailers. Retrieved 2009-12-26. 
  17. ^ Tony Hawk: Ride, Tony Hawk: Ride Review, Xbox 360 Reviews | Games Radar.com
  18. ^ The Anti-Awards 2009 | GamesRadar
  19. ^ Tony Hawk: Ride review, Game Informer 201:82.
  20. ^ http://twitter.com/tonyhawk/status/6373261639
  21. ^ Tony Hawk confirms Ride 2 plus surf and snowboard games - mirror.co.uk
  22. ^ Tony Hawk: Ride sequel hinted | Games Industry | MCV
  23. ^ Tony Hawks' Ride 2 On The Way? - Meodia
  24. ^ News: Tony Hawk: Shred officially confirmed - ComputerAndVideoGames.com