Sometimes Ride reverts back to controller-based menu navigation without warning, but knowing when to reach for my Xbox’s controller or tilt the board to cycle through menus, was something I never fully figured out.
On the Nintendo Wii the skating character becomes a Wii Mii avatar is
Tony Hawk Ride isn’t your standard videogame. Mastering the board, maintaining your balance and learning all the tricks takes many hours. Although flipping an ollie over a trashcan then grinding down a park bench and finishing off with an advanced flip trick is very satisfying – if exhausting.
When simply riding through a skatepark the board must be placed nose-on to the console and you make the character skate faster by swiping your foot past one of the board’s side-mounted sensors. I had to keep doing this every 10 – 15 seconds, depending on the virtual terrain, to keep my character moving along swiftly.
A second skate mode, known as Vert, is also available. Vert is designed to replicate skating in a half-pipe and so the peripheral must be placed sideways-on to the console. The position change isn’t really necessary, though, because I discovered that you can skate Vert with a nose-on stance.
Since my body was always sideways-on to the TV during Vert skating I found this eventually became a real pain in the neck, because my head was constantly strained round towards the on-screen action.
Xbox gaming in action
On a real skateboard you can adjust the deck’s performance by loosening or tightening the trucks. Ride attempts to replicate this with four virtual truck settings, yet none made any noticeable improvements to the skating experience.
He was much funnier when he just did comedy...
I wish he'd give up on the skateboarding and do some more stuff like 'Round Ireland with a fridge'...
(What do you mean he's a different bloke?)
The review states many things that are bad about this; the annoying tilt to select, the overly sensitive start button, the neck pain when in Vert mode, the slippery board, reverting back to controller mode without warning and it still gets 80%??? Also, what is with the blatant promotional shots of the guys in their living room, and the horrible CG image of the boxed product? A terrible, terrible review. Poor show.
late and overstates how BAD this game is
the garphics are terrible, the response from the board is erractic to say the least. This is a tragedy in game making more frustration than fun and still not worth the bargain basement prices you can get it for? 80% you are having a laugh - 40% is more like it.
AVOID like a shitty stick. Seriously just don't buy this tosh.
Why did you do this review reg? Someone throw you a freebie or did the reviewer owe some marketing muppet a favour?
I had to...
... check on metacritic to make sure this was the same game that was released waaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in November and has a metacritic score of 46% (which compared to the readers score of 29%) is generous.
What next? Manic Miner?!
Quite a high score
For such a negative review?