Tony Hawk: Shred
Tell The Kids its Ok To Skateboard in the House
What It Is
Tony Hawk is undeniably the most famous professional skateboarder around. He has parlayed his talent on a skateboard into a successful brand with a series of skateboarding games as its cornerstone. My first skateboard was a Tony Hawk board, so it’s only fitting that the first skateboard game I review is a Tony Hawk game. Tony Hawk Shred is the latest game in the Tony Hawk series from Activision and uses a wireless skateboard controller to recreate the experience of riding a skateboard. The skateboard controller looks like a skateboard without the wheels and the game is played through movements on the board that mimic the real-world experience of riding a skateboard.
Why It’s Fun
Shred is an almost perfect example of a game that takes full advantage of the motion-sensing capabilities and wireless technology of the current generation of game systems. Why would anyone want to play a skateboarding game using a hand-held controller when they could stand on a board and use the same movements they would use on a real skateboard? Players start off standing on the board and get their in-game avatar moving by swiping their foot along the side of the board just as they would if they were outside on a board with wheels. Tricks are performed by tilting the board in different directions and some rely on grabbing the board as a skater would do out on the street.
As soon as you start playing Shred you realize that the board controller would also be perfect for a snowboarding game. Fortunately, Tony Hawk had the same thought and included a snowboarding mode that allows players to shred down snow-covered mountains while pulling off some insane stunts.
Who’s Going To Love It
Young gamers, ages six to twelve, are going to love Shred, even if they have no idea who Tony Hawk is.
Older fans (teens and adults) of previous Tony Hawk games are going to want to check out Shred. Even people who thought that the last game, Tony Hawk: Ride, spent too much time perfecting the board and not enough time on making a good game can rest assured that Shred lives up to the series’ past hits.
What To Be Aware Of
You need a fairly large room with plenty of space to play this game. The board needs 4-feet of clearance on all sides to function, and you will move around the room while playing so you should really have at least 6-feet of space in which to play.
Shred can also be played with the board controller from Ride so you can buy the game alone if you already have that board.
The addition of snowboarding and the desire to master tricks and skateboard tracks makes this a highly replayable game.
3 out of 5
It has to be fun or it wouldn’t be on Time to Play. But some games are more fun than others so here’s our scale: 1 is fun, 2 is a lot of fun, 3 is great, 4 is awesome and 5 is out-of-this-world!
Video Game Information
Tony Hawk: Shred
System: Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Players: 1 (Wii), 1 - 8 (Xbox 360)
SRP: $99.99 (game with board), $59.99 (game alone)
Available: Now, at most major retail and toy stores as well as electronic gaming specialty shops and many online e-commerce sites.
Launch Date: Holiday 2010
Date of Review: December 3, 2010