If you’re like most gamers, you haven’t picked up a Tony Hawk skateboarding video game in a long time. The last two titles in the series, Ride and Shred, weren’t well received by critics or fans, due in part to the complicated controls, which were difficult for even veteran gamers to handle. In anticipation of his next game, Hawk recently sat down for an interview with Game Informer to talk about the history and future of his franchise.
As Hawk’s games started relying more on peripherals, gamers began to lose interest. On Ride and Shred, Hawk said the games may have been released too soon. He liked Shred better than Ride, which he thought needed more work on controls; but he blamed some critics for being unfairly harsh on the game when they “never really gave it a chance in terms of learning how to play.”
For the future, Hawk sees his games taking better advantage of motion control so gamers can have as much fun controlling the game with their bodies as they can by playing with a controller.
For now, Hawk and Activision are moving back to their roots with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, due out in July. The game takes popular levels from the first two hits (Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2) and re-masters them for current generation consoles. Only available through PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD will try to recapture the magic that revived the skateboarding video game genre more than a decade ago.
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