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Tony Hawk: Ride Face-Plants, Sells Less Than 114,000

When I first heard about Tony Hawk: Ride, I figured, "well, Activision has yet another massive franchise; they've really got this innovative interaction thing down."

And then Arnold told me he sampled it several months ago and it played terribly, which really surprised me. And it seems Robomodo didn't bother to fix the issues so we ended up with a very poor effort, contrary to what Mr. Hawk himself has to say about the game. Now, those who continue to believe that review scores mean nothing should really pay attention, considering this is one game that - if such a theory was correct - should've rocketed to success on name-brand (and celebrity) recognition alone. But instead, after its November 17 launch, we learn from the latest NPD numbers that Ride hasn't even sold 114,000 units in the US, which falls well short of expectations on the publisher's side. But those analysts, they know how crucial review scores are and predicted this marketplace flop and of course, it couldn't help that the Ride package is priced at $120. Tony Hawk isn't about to take this lying down, though. As he said in a recent Twitter update:

"Most snarky critics had their minds set before ever seeing/playing the game. I'm proud of what we created; it's innovative, responsive and fun."

Sorry Tony, if any of them "had their minds set before ever seeing/playing the game" (which is an insulting accusation, by the way), it probably would've been set in the other direction, given Activision's history of innovation with new peripherals and the excellent success of the Tony Hawk franchise over the past 12 years or so. The bottom line is that the board peripheral simply doesn't work. Believe it or not - and this goes out to some critics, too - there is such a thing as "bad innovation." Hell, I've played lots of games that tried to do something new but you know why you never heard of 'em before? Because the implementation sucked and hence, the gameplay sucked. It happens.

Related Game(s): Tony Hawk: Ride

12/11/2009 10:31:42 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (36 posts)

jaybiv
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 10:51:16 AM
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"Bad innovation" good one B Dukat. I didn't put much effort following this game once they announced the added peripheral. I knew it was going to bit the big one. I saw someone play it for like 23 seconds one day and it was hilarious. Maybe they can patch some controller inputs in the game and sell the stand-alone to recoup the dough???

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Hexen
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 11:03:46 AM
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Perhaps a HD remake of any of the Pro Skater games(1-4) would have been better suited.

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A2K78
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 11:04:48 AM
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SEGA's Ollie King > Tony Hawk:Ride

"Most snarky critics had their minds set before ever seeing/playing the game. I'm proud of what we created; it's innovative, responsive and fun." His skating series began in 1999 with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater and includes Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, the best-reviewed skating game to date."

There is nothing innovate about Tony Hawk:Ride as these types of games have existed on the arcades for the past 10 years.

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coverton341
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 11:40:06 AM

DUDE! I had totally forgotten about that game and yes that was the jam and actually responsive and good at what it did.

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Nynja
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 11:15:59 AM
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Was this a surprise to anyone at $120? I can get a real board custom made for that much money.

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RustEDalex
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 11:23:29 AM

Everyone is already lowering the price to $99 at least hoping to sell a couple

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Imagi
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 11:37:10 AM
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As Arnold pointed out in his review, the board could be used for a door stop, and I for one will purchase one as such when they become cheaper than the door stops I usually buy.



Don't think i will need to wait long.

...oh any Tony needs to get a grip then crawl out of his own ass.

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Highlander
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 11:42:36 AM
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Sees to me that Tony Hawk may have taken his own publicity a little too seriously, and believed all the promises and marketing speak from Activision.

I wasn't interested in this title from the get go, but the peripheral was interesting from a geek point of view. However it seems that the functionality and responsiveness of that peripheral is very poor, in which case, I can';t see why anyone would score a $120 game as anything but a dud if the peripheral that's so very vital to the game sucks, and that's not even considering whether the game itself has any merit, the lack of controller/control scheme kills it.

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Alienange
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 11:52:07 AM
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When will Activision realize that I LIKE my gamepad?

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pSmingO
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 11:54:58 AM
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im so dissapointed wit these games, i remember one of my first games 4 the psone was tony hawk pro skater, i used to love these games, and look wat it has become of them :(

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pSmingO
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 11:56:36 AM
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120 dollars??? i can buy myself 2 brand new games instead!! antivision aint catching me wit that rip off

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Naztycuts
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 12:37:35 PM
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This will be in stores with Rock Revolution as a bundle haha. I feel sorry for those >114,000 people this christmas

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BlackBriar
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 12:42:38 PM
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Ouch!...That Hurts, The game sucks I played it

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fuk u
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 12:43:09 PM
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it costs too much i think. plus SKATE1 and 2 are the new generation of skateboarding games to me plus with SKATE3 coming out in a few months... SKATE's on the climb, TonyHawks on the fall-

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 1:04:13 PM
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The guy is pulling a Sarah Palin and blaming the media.

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Superman915
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 1:46:54 PM

LOL next we'll hear he's quitting skateboarding and writing a book.

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bigrailer19
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 3:22:45 PM

Review scores do equal media, and if the media doesnt agree, then he is partially right!

im not defending the product but his points r valid somewhat!

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Scarecrow
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 4:35:21 PM

HAhAHA! I couldn't resist

+1 on this statement haha!

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Deleted User
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 2:16:05 PM
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Tony Hawk is delusional. That 114,000 even bought this? He should be lucky. Nobody should pay even $60 for this. $20 is what it's worth.

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pSmingO
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 2:54:03 PM
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i cant believe tony approved of this game

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bigrailer19
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 3:20:10 PM
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I gotta agree with Tony's quote though. I think most critics did have there minds made up well before the games release. so he has the right to say so... I mean when a game gets a huge amount of hype before its released its basically the same thing, and we see this with typically every game wether its good hype and publicity or bad comments and poor marketing.

I knew i wasnt going to get the game because i had a feeling it would fail, and i may not be a reviewer or mainstream critic, but really we all are critics otherwise video games wouldnt have an image they'd all just be something to play, and no game would feel the weight of being better than the past or even feature. So really im guilty of this myself, and i think he's right.

Personally i've never played the game, and i do not intend to buy it! But if given the chance i would play it! Not to mention i think what they TRIED to do was very unique, im just upset it apparently failed. As i said though i had no intentions of buying this game.

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JackC8
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 4:21:01 PM
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Makes me wonder if Tony Hawk actually played the production version of the game, or just an early version with some $20,000 prototype board?

Kotick: "Oh, yes Tony, this is exactly how the production board will work. You have my word on it."

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Alienange
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 7:43:05 PM

That's scary. And most likely right.

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tes37
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 4:55:45 PM
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If Tony Hawk knew it was not going to be well received by game critics then he should've made an effort to implement changes. They had to have known the game didn't function right and released it anyway with a 'keep your fingers crossed' kind of attitude.

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Snaaaake
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 6:05:30 PM
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This is why Activision will continue to milk CoD and Guitar Hero franchise.

They can't come up with something new so they had to rely on the game name to sell.

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LowKey
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 6:28:38 PM
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hahahaha.... Oh no they're onto us - Bob Kotick.
It looks good on them, if people keep this up I think Activision will get the message that games shouldn't be 180 bones.

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Alienange
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 7:45:17 PM
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I wonder what GameStop will pay for these? I hope they've got a plan because there's going to be about 114000 people at their door looking for some "used game" money.

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LowKey
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 8:24:26 PM
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gaystop and eb don't by equipment. its a way they can cheap people oot even more. They will only buy the game disc.

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BikerSaint
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 10:24:23 PM
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@Lowkey'
Both GS & EB "DO" buy gaming equipment & accessories.

That's how I've picked up hundreds of used gaming add-on's for most of my 13 gaming systems.

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LowKey
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 10:37:07 PM

Ummmm, no they don't. I was gonna trade GH WT and guess what? they wont take the band equipment. It was mint condition. So nice try.

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Fane1024
Saturday, December 12, 2009 @ 8:09:42 PM

Yes, they do. They may not buy them at a given time if they have too many used peripherals in stock, but they do buy them.

p.s. I'm talking about EB in Canada, so it's not that either (see comment below).

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BikerSaint
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 10:33:41 PM
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I reckon I'll be putting one of these on one of my shelves to add to my collection in a few weeks.

Of course when I do, I'll probably have to have my spotter hold me by my ankles while I'm hanging upside down digging deep into the bottom of GS's used $2 bargain bin.

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BikerSaint
Saturday, December 12, 2009 @ 1:52:46 AM
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@ Lowkey,
I guess that's just something stupid going on at your GS, cause the 5 local GS & EB's my way do!
And they have used RB/GH guitars

Checkmate

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LowKey
Saturday, December 12, 2009 @ 1:46:22 PM

Really? grrrr, stupid eb canada. honestly they told me that they do not buy peripherals.

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___________
Saturday, December 12, 2009 @ 5:36:18 AM
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meh, might make a good paperweight.
activision should be banned from releasing games full stop.
o besides singularity, im actually looking forward to that looks decent.
but than so did time shift and we all know how that turned out.

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BikerSaint
Sunday, December 13, 2009 @ 12:03:22 AM
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Hey Lowkey,

I didn't think of it, but....as Fane stated above.... it just might be because they've got too much used band stock & need to clear it out before they can take any more in trade.

So I'm thinking that if you have more than 1 EB/GS near you, just call around to each one to see if any of them are under-stocked and are in need. With what high prices they usually mark-up most used trade-in stuff, I'm sure one of them will want to snatch it up.

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