The first of our technology reviews and we’re starting off with the Tony Hawk Ride computer game. For those not familiar with the game, it’s not your standard joystick \ hand controller affair – the game actually comes with a skateboard deck-like controller for you to stand on. We were sent the Nintedo Wii version of the game – and it is amazing fun but at times can be frustrating.
In the easiest mode, your paths are pre-set, so you dont really have to steer too much but instead get to focus on pulling off the required tricks – by pushing and spinning the board in different ways. Now don’t worry – you don’t actually have to be able to do the tricks in real life in order to do them in game – but some of the ‘mechanics’ are similar. For example to do an ollie in the game – you step down on the back of the board in real life. To kick flip, you pivot the board to the left or right, and so on. Grabs are seen by the sensors on the side of the board and so on.
All very clever and easy to get into but as you move up the levels and the difficuly increase, you can sometimes find that the game doesn’t seem to quite read your movements correctly. Not the end of the world (afterall we love the real life challenge of skateboarding) but it can be frustrating if it means you can’t progress and unlock new parks and settings.
Another thing that we like about the game is that it moves away from the open-world exploring that previous Tony Hawk games have focussed on – and instead gets you tackling a wide range of mini-challenges and events. And whilst it takes a little time to get used to using your feet as the controller – it makes a nice change than having to learn complex button bashing combinations.
The best fun as you might expect comes in multiplayer mode – which you can do in ‘hot seat’ mode or online. In these kind of situations, you tend to see a lot of crazy leg action going on and people pulling out tricks they didnt even know they could do. Hilarious and loads of fun.
Rating: 7 out of 10
Conclusion: When the game first came out at the end of 2009, it would have set you back £100 minimum ($160) and although it was amazing fun, this was alot of money to pay for something that you couldn’t use with any other games and which might have you pulling your teeth out in one player mode. Now though, you can pick it up for £30 ($48) so why not give it a go. It’s just the kind of thing that will cause plenty of fun and laughs over Christmas with your famliy and friends. End of the day you can just step on the board and go – just like in real life.
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