Tony Hawk Ride PlayStation 3

Metascore
44

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 29
  2. Negative: 17 out of 29
Buy On
  1. 45
    One can only hope that Tony Hawk: Ride marks the end of these pointless bits of plastic, and not the end of the series itself, which surely calls for a more sophisticated makeover.
  2. PSM3 Magazine UK
    41
    Ugly, buggy and mostly boring to play. A decent peripheral wasted. [Feb 2010, p.90]
  3. In the end, it’s a cool experiment, but it quickly goes horribly wrong.
  4. So we're not sure what the purpose of Tony Hawk RIDE is. It's a product with a worthless peripheral, for sure. It's also running some sort of dated graphics engine transforming your powerhouse console into a Nintendo Wii.
  5. The sad thing is that every once in a while you get a brief sense of what this game could have been. The trick-based gameplay shows occasional flashes of potential, and the board peripheral could have worked. Maybe somewhere in a parallel universe there's a reality where Robomodo pulled it off; unfortunately, we're stuck here - and in this world Tony Hawk: Ride falls on its arse, big time.
  6. But sadly, Ride simply lacks the same quality providing and unimaginative playing experience that never seems to get out of the blocks and you may feel you’ve being taken for a ride with this game, especially considering its price!
  7. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    40
    A major fail. [Feb 2010, p.77]
  8. Credit must be given for the leap of faith and attempt at doing something new. If Tony Hawk Ride had been a success it likely would have opened the door even further for these types of games that use peripherals to emulate real life objects. The problem is that the game feels rushed, the skateboard does not respond well enough to your movements and the game itself isn’t all that rewarding or exciting.
  9. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    40
    The career mode is insultingly linear, short-lived and your progress through it is interspersed with cheesy live-action videos of people giving you mad props for kooking your way through. In addition, when you take into account its sub-par visuals, a physics system from four years ago, and the ludicrous price of admission; RIDE is pure frustration made plastic. [Apr 2010, p.71]
  10. Busted controls and stripped-down gameplay make Tony Hawk Ride an overpriced fiasco.
  11. 33
    It would be easy to pinpoint the games faults solely on the new, unresponsive control scheme, but Ride's gameplay lacks several established principles of the skateboarding genre. Concepts as simple as session markers and on-foot travel are nonexistent, and the ability to restart a challenge mid-run (a longtime staple of the Pro Skater series) is simply not there.
  12. Tony Hawk: Ride is a failed experiment that likely sounded great in a staff meeting. The idea isn’t a bad one. It’s the game that’s the problem.
  13. This new Tony Hawk title fails in every way that Activision wanted it to succeed: it’s more difficult, it’s less fun, and it still doesn’t beat Skate. Sure, the skateboard is neat, but it, like everything else in the game, clearly is incomplete. Tony Hawk: Ride is just that: unfinished, incomplete, and broken.
  14. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    30
    Major bail. [Jan 2010, p.108]
  15. One of the bigger pieces of gaming junk that's come down the line in recent years.
  16. The execution is such a miserable failure that it manages to splash even more mud on Tony Hawk's legacy. I'm left with a firm belief that whichever side of the Tony Hawk/Activision partnership has the out clause in the contract should just exercise it and part ways for good. Enough is enough.
User Score
2.1

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 4 out of 7
  1. Travis
    Jan 13, 2010
    0
    I am currently 21 years old and have been gaming since I was given an 64 for Christmas when it launched. Never before have I seen such a I am currently 21 years old and have been gaming since I was given an 64 for Christmas when it launched. Never before have I seen such a lackluster, broken title. I would rather play through rogue warrior twice than spend 10 minutes with this game, and that's pretty sad seeing as rogue warrior is a joke. Activision will never be getting another dollar of my money as I feel they ripped me, and anyone else who purchased this day one before reviews off. Terrible, terrible, terrible. Full Review »
  2. JRM
    Dec 7, 2009
    1
    I would have given the game a 2, but the price brought it down a notch more. The game is terrible. There really isn't much more to be I would have given the game a 2, but the price brought it down a notch more. The game is terrible. There really isn't much more to be said that isn't already said by many, many others. Tony Hawk defending this rip-off is an embarrassment. Full Review »
  3. MattC
    Jan 7, 2010
    8
    This game is fun. Its a game anyone in your house can play. We keep the game set on Casual mode, which means the game does all the steering This game is fun. Its a game anyone in your house can play. We keep the game set on Casual mode, which means the game does all the steering for you. You simply lean on the board to choose your path at certain checkpoints. To do a trick you ollie, then tip the board to do a kick or heel flip. To do a grab, block one of the sensors while in the air. To do varials or heel flips ollie, then rotate the board in the air. To do a manual you just balance on the board like a skater would. I don't understand all the hate for this game. I tried playing on confident for about 30 seconds, and started going in circles. Keep the game on Casual and its fun to play. Full Review »