Hawk: Reviews smacked RIDE “before they even tried it”

Monday, 7th December 2009 12:48 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Tony Hawk RIDE’s not very good. Look. Hawk himself reckons the scores are hokum, though. The reviewers just didn’t give the peripheral-based game a chance, apparently.

“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,” Hawk told the Sudbury Star.

“I don’t agree with people who say the board’s not responsive,” he added. “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 said. “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.”

Yeah. Thanks, Kotaku.



  1. Captain Fruitloop

    As they say on the football terraces, “Sit down, shut up.”

    PS. “I don’t agree with people who say the board’s not responsive,” he added. “I think that they’re just not giving it a fair shake.”

    You’re supposed to shake this stupid periphery first to make it work? ;->

    #1 5 years ago
  2. No_PUDding

    The lesson mister Hawk is that you have no fucking clue about videogames. The truth is your name should JUST be stuck on it.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. OlderGamer

    I think the game base for Hawks games has dwindled in general. And add on the that a higher price tag to play with the skate board? I think this was doomed for the get go.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. mojo

    “I brought this idea to ACTIVISION”
    more or less nails the fail.

    What a waste..

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Freek

    Reviews are usually backed up by text, text which explains the reviewers opinion, backed up by arguments and examples of gameplay. Not just a score on meta critic.

    In other words, you can’t just write them off as nonsense.

    And also; “I’ve been playing it every step of the way” , most people are not professional skaters, and if the game only works if you know how to skate, it’s not gonna work.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. evilashchris

    Basic problem: The board is balanced by a spine up the middle, not wheels. Um, hello?

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Harry

    I’ve been playing it over the weekend. It is ridiculously difficult. What’s the point of releasing a game only one man can actually play.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Alakratt

    Hawks needs to go to back to what made his games great in the first place. Apart from being more affordable, he has to keep in mind he’s no game designer, he’s a skater (an old one at that). If he can’t admit that, then he should just GTFO off gaming.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Hunam

    I just bought a skateboard for £30 instead. Loads more fun.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    I respect the man, but to discredit professional reviews is pretty ignorant. All the reviews I’ve read/watched state VERY SPECIFICALLY WHY the game sucks and received the score it did.

    Anybody have a tissue for Tony?

    #10 5 years ago
  11. theevilaires

    Even a blind person could see that this game was going to suck. Did anyone else here watch the quick look over at GiantBomb?

    Tony just make T.H.U.G.3 and all will be forgotten. Don’t worry about Skate cause that sucks too.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Doc Robotnik

    This is a seriously balls game. Not my balls, your balls. That’s how balls this is. I don’t want my balls anywhere near this RIDE.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Broncanus

    In this case I’d suggest the guy is correct. Games writers were laughing at the concept before they’d even seen the board, which is a lovely bit of kit.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. mojo

    pls Tony, Pimp my Ride!!

    #14 5 years ago
  15. absolutezero

    Me idiot flatmate bought it. Its fucking horrible, its quite easy to over balance using the thing, which is acceptable if like in real skating you stepped off the board. No in Ride you insta-fail and have to go through numerous painful loading screens.

    Oh and you have to set up Regular or Goofy every single time you want to play anything, time, score or free-ride you have to choose regular or goofy.

    You have to use the controller for most of the game until you get into the game itself, then sometimes it will change over to the board as controller. “Do an olly to procede” it says, well I would if could register anything.

    #15 5 years ago

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