So last week Activision released Tony Hawk’s new game entitled Tony Hawk: Ride. Because of some weirdness with apparent distribution issues, review copies of the game were not sent out in advance to reviewers (as is the usual case). As such, reviews are now only trickling into print and the Internet.

So far, it hasn’t be a spectacular reception from reviewers. On Metacritic, Ride is garnering a 53 on Xbox 360, while on PS3, it’s coming in at a 49. As this franchise is really our only competition in the marketplace, our team has been following this game and its reception. We actually have two copies of the game for the team to try. Last week, everyone had a chance to play Ride including myself. I thought the board was really well-made. It feels solid and sturdy. It never gave me the impression it was a toy and I believed I was on a real skateboard (minus the wheels).

I played the game for about 15 minutes or so. In light of that, I don’t think that’s enough time for me to make an honest and fair assessment of game. I won’t make any more comments until I’ve had a chance to really play through a large portion of the game. At more than $120 though, I just don’t see myself buying it at that price.

My belief is the game will probably sell well among parents who will buy the game for their kids. I’m not sure how well it will do with older gamers who do all their game buying themselves.

Have you tried Ride? What do you think of it?

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