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Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 last-gen release put on indefinite hold

"WHAT A SHOCK!" said no-one ever
Oct 22
// Vikki Blake
As Activision grapples with the issues facing Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5's current-gen versions, the publisher has decided to put the release of the last-gen versions on hold. In a statement to Eurogamer, Activision didn't spec...
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Tony Hawk 5

Activision is aware of the Tony Hawk 5 bugs

Tony Hawk HD needed patch too
Oct 02
// Chris Carter
The last four Robomodo Tony Hawk games haven't gone so swimmingly. Particularly with Tony Hawk HD and the recently released Tony Hawk 5, there have been a bunch of bugs that have been causing issues for players, fro...

Review: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5

Sep 29 // Chris Carter
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One [reviewed])Developer: RobomodoPublisher: ActivisionReleased: September 29, 2015 (PS4, Xbox One) / November 10, 2015 (PS3, Xbox 360)MSRP: $59.99 (!) So let's get right into it. Just as before, you'll have the option to ollie, grind, manual, and revert your way into lengthy combos, with the added power of the "slam" mechanic. This new move will allow you to drop quickly to the ground straight into a grind. It's really gamey, but kind of cool once you actually get used to it. Personally, I tend to hold the button quite a bit to pre-load my grinds, so it was jarring at first. Everything else is still here, like spine transfers, plants, and special tricks. In the end though, it seems as if Robomodo can't be trusted to make a glitch-free game. I really liked Tony Hawk HD, but man was it a glitch-fest, filled with wonky physics and collision issues. It's the same thing in Tony Hawk 5, but worse to an extent. Revert timing and the like feels on-point, but it's mostly the objects and solid areas, some of which aren't filled in properly, that cause issues. Additionally, missions lag when they start up for a few seconds, sometimes rendering the level in real-time. There are some online issues at launch, namely causing players to stand still for periods of time or disappear entirely. That's not to say the game is fundamentally broken however, as these problems usually come up every 10 minutes or so on certain surfaces. The frame rate dips a bit on some levels, but for the most part, it is playable. It just needs a lot more polish. [embed]312863:60562:0[/embed] Career mode is par for the course, bringing you through a handful of levels with mission-based objectives, on top of the typical "find the DVD/VHS tape" and "S-K-A-T-E letters" challenges. The series has been mission-centric for a long while now (ever since THPS 4), but I've never really been a fan. I like how the first three games were literally free skate levels that just happened to have objectives in them. The unlock method is also rigid in Tony Hawk 5 -- earning stars for new levels isn't cumulative, as you'll need to earn 15 in each preceding level to unlock the new one. I do like the levels as a general rule, but they feel so middle-of-the-road, and I probably won't remember them as fondly as I remember a lot of the classic stages. With all that said, the core gameplay is there. I like how you need to beat every mission in a stage on the highest "Sick" rating to unlock new Pro challenges, and despite it working against you at times, it will test your skills as a digital skater, regardless of whether or not you're a seasoned veteran. Good lines for fun combo strings are still present, and every level will have you thinking of new ways to combo, like a puzzle. Additionally, the online portion of the game (which basically transforms levels into inoffensive social hubs) doesn't hurt anything, and you can still play the entire game solo if you want. Speaking of online play, it's also available in the form of side modes, but they're a pain to set up, and don't involve split-screen couch co-op. You can queue a round for quick match, trick attack, deathmatch, combo mambo (single combos win out over total score), big head (you have to do tricks to refresh your life bar), and king of the hill. It's a diversion for sure, and one you can skip out on entirely. In the meantime, I'm having trouble connecting to games and getting people in, possibly because versus modes are hidden in the in-game menu. The create-a-park mode is also back, and even though there are only five themes, the entire affair isn't as limited as it was in past titles. This is mostly because the Complexity Meter is a bit more lenient, allowing for players to place hundreds of different objects in a single arena before it caps out. There's sadly no "create-a-skater" option, but you can customize the pros available, and change their costumes to some sufficiently wacky outfits (like cops and robots). On a higher note, the soundtrack is actually pretty good, and although it doesn't have an iconic song like "Superman," it gets the job done and feels authentic. I didn't outright hate Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5, as it distills a lot of the franchise's good points into an arcadey modern format. There are flashes of brilliance, but much of that is piggybacking off of the foundation its predecessors have already created. Considering that Activision signed a deal with Tony Hawk for more games a while back that's set to expire soon, I sincerely hope change is on the horizon if more titles are in the cards. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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This franchise needs a new developer
I grew up with the Tony Hawk franchise -- at least, Neversoft's vision of it. Game after game, even some of the more questionable ones, held my interest until Proving Ground led the series astray. But in 2007, ...

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Tony Hawk 5

You should probably hold off on buying Tony Hawk 5 for now
Sep 29
// Chris Carter
As you may have heard, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 is a bit glitchy. Now, this shouldn't come as a complete shock. Developer Robomodo, who has handled the series since 2009, hasn't had the best track record with Ride, ...

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Fun with glitches

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 is buggy junk, even with the huge patch

Don't buy it, maybe
Sep 29
// Steven Hansen
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 is out today. The game is 4.6GB and there's a 7.7GB day one patch. It didn't help, if this video, captured by Eurogamer in just an hour's worth of play (with the patch), is any indication. The game launched today and Chris is working on the review. It does not look good.
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Conan O'Brien takes on Tony Hawk 5 in latest Clueless Gamer

With Tony Hawk
Sep 25
// Chris Carter
After a three-month hiatus, Conan O'Brien has resumed his Clueless Gamer segment, this time focusing on Tony Hawk 5, with guest stars Lil Wayne and Tony Hawk. I love how Conan has stuck with this bit for over three years now...
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Tony Hawk

Tony Hawk 5's PlayStation exclusive costumes are hideous

Skating heads
Sep 10
// Chris Carter
Do you want to go to sleep tonight? Then don't watch this video detailing the new Sony exclusive heads, including Ratchet, Sackboy, and Sweet Tooth. They're not full-on costumes -- they're heads, which look incredibly jarring...
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See if you recognize the skaters old man Tony Hawk has in his game

We want Rune
Aug 27
// Brett Makedonski
You know what they say about times. They are a-changin'. Someone put a bunch of young, hip-lookin' kids in old man Tony Hawk's video game. There's even a younger Tony Hawk, but his name is Riley. Those of you who cut your te...
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What's the 'Superman' or 'Guerrilla Radio' off the new Tony Hawk?

Helicopter and rhinoceros? Hellifiknow
Aug 14
// Brett Makedonski
I'm sad because I'm old. How do I know I'm old? Because sometimes I'm forced to listen to the radio in the car and Weezer and Green Day come on the oldies station. I'm at that dreaded stage where I don't really discover new m...
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Tony Hawk 5

Tony Hawk 5 replaces original bland style with bright cel-shading

There is hope
Aug 06
// Chris Carter
Tony Hawk 5 will be here at the end of September, and developer Robomodo has drastically changed the art style up as of this week. My take? It's a clear response to the negativity surrounding the original style, whi...
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Tony Hawk trailer

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 trailer darkslides a powerline

Pop shove-it into your eyeholes
Jul 13
// Darren Nakamura
Yep, that looks like a Tony Hawk game all right. There are highly technical tricks on absurdly dangerous terrain. Grinding that increases speed instead of decreasing it. Just the right amount of jank in aerial maneuvers, as ...
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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 will have Sweet Tooth and Ratchet heads

For custom skaters
Jul 13
// Chris Carter
When Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 arrives in September, it'll bring its fair share of goofy character parts for custom skaters, which is a tradition for the series. Sony has announced that there will be custom parts for Sack...
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Tony Hawk 5

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 releasing on September 29

On PS4 and Xbox One
Jun 16
// Darren Nakamura
Amidst all of the press conferences and announcements and previews, Tony Hawk decided now would be a good time to tweet out some information about the upcoming Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. It looks like the return to form for th...
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Tony Hawk 5

Here are the first official screens for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5

PS4 and Xbox One later this year
May 07
// Chris Carter
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 is officially happening, and will be arriving on the PS4 and Xbox One later this year. Activision has sent over some new screens for us to look at, and confirmed details like online play, with dr...
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Tony Hawk

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 is official and it sounds terrible

So when is Skate coming back?
May 05
// Robert Summa
After years in hibernation, the next full iteration in the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series is finally upon us and unfortunately it's not sounding (or looking) good. After months of rumors and hints, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 will fi...
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Tony Hawk

Tony Hawk confirms new Tony Hawk game on Tony Hawk's Instagram

Tony Hawk has talons of steel and a beak that can pierce souls
Apr 22
// Joe Parlock
Remember when Tony Hawk’s catering guy screwed up and accidentally announced a new Tony Hawk game on Instagram? Unsurprisingly, the game’s been officially confirmed by Tony Hawk himself now via Instagram. The post...
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Does Activision still have selling power for Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk?

In your mind, obviously
Apr 20
// Chris Carter
It's no secret that I'm a Tony Hawk guy. I'd enjoyed nearly every entry in the series outside of the boring Proving Ground and the iffy Ride subseries, and that rumor of a new fully-fledged game has me all hot ...
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Old Man Tony Hawk making another game with Activision

Nov 07
// Steven Hansen
46-year old skateboardman Anthony Frank Hawk tweeted this today: "I'm currently working with Activision on a console game for 2015 (along with a new mobile game). I think fans of THPS series will be hyped." I've looked at tha...
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Not every objective, but enough to 'beat' the game
YouTuber and speedrunner GeorgeThePlushie has set a new record for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 -- an any percent speedrun of three minutes and 26 seconds. How does he do it? By navigating the menus faster than most humans ...

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Tony Hawk's Shred Session

Tony Hawk is still relevant in Tony Hawk's Shred Session

Watch Tony play his own game
Apr 30
// Brittany Vincent
Tony Hawk is back, but not in the way you might be hoping for. TouchArcade went in-depth with the latest skateboarding game to bear Hawk's name, and it's a free-to-play iOS game called Tony Hawk's Shred Session, available th...
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Did You Know?

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater originally starred Bruce Willis with a gun

Did You Know Gaming
Apr 28
// Jordan Devore
Before Neversoft kicked off its tremendously successful Tony Hawk series, the studio worked on a PlayStation game called Apocalypse which had Bruce Willis spouting off lines like "Strap one on, it's time to Jam!" (And, befor...
DTOID News for February 27th, 1999, apparently
Good evening, teens! Here’s today’s DTOID News update, which I’m turning into a weekly show so we can make more interesting things happen. Do you have Playstation Plus? Because depending on where you live, y...


Oh: That new Tony Hawk game is only on mobile

What year is it?!
Feb 27
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Tony Hawk appeared on Bloomberg TV to talk about his new skateboarding game. Surprise: It's just for mobile! The new title is expected to release this year, and will be the first time a Tony Hawk specific game has appeared on...
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Tony Hawk

Activision confirms it's working on a new Tony Hawk title

Details are scarce
Feb 20
// Brett Makedonski
Apart from the 2012 HD remake, it's been a while since we've seen a new Tony Hawk's Pro Skater game. You'd have to go back to 2010's poorly received Shred to find a fresh title in the series. That appears set t...
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Arcane Kids new game

New Arcane Kids game is a first person maximalist skater

'What if, in 1999, Tony didn't land the 900?'
Jun 02
// Patrick Hancock
You might know the development team Arcane Kids from their Jet Grind Radio-esque indie title Zineth. If you don't, I recommend you go get acquainted with the game, as it is superb. At any rate, their next title, Perfect Stri...

My ultimate gaming tradition of Old School Day

Mar 10 // Taylor Stein
Gaming celebration with a personal twist The trip down retro lane is a cherished monthly spectacle among my siblings and I. Every few weeks we put our adult lives on hold to relive the games from our youth. If there is any day that we truly unite as a family, it's while bonding over the classics. As painfully sappy as that sounds, videogames have always acted as a supernatural Band-Aid, mending all pissed off sentiments and sibling-based grudges.While we each were transformed into instant videogame buffs through the allure of the NES, many of our greatest memories reside with the N64. During our version of Old School Day, we welcome the titles that have contributed to the process of shaping us into the people we are today. Super Mario 64, Goldeneye, Star Fox, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Smash Bros., Pokemon Stadium, Rampage, Banjo-Kazooie and Yoshi's Story just to name a few, form the framework of the evening. Those titles served as the backbone of my childhood so it's rather fitting. Each time we get together, we sprinkle in a few different games, maximizing the fun output while minimizing the risk of getting bored through repetition, if that's even possible.Over the course of two to six hours of pizza-induced noshing, old school gaming, and admittedly potent languor, we've typically covered the spectrum of emotions from anger-filled multiplayer sessions, to heartwarming regard in response to a favorite cut scene. In diplomatic fashion, we take turns choosing the next entrant to revitalize our nostalgia, but in reality, any choice is a good one when you're playing favorite games amongst family and friends. Old School Day rocks! Still not convinced? With the next generation of consoles on the horizon, you may be hesitant to turn back the hands of time, to accept the glory of Old School Day. There's no way that earlier generations can compete from a graphical standpoint and not all of the oldies were auditory masterpieces, yet despite these technological inferiorities, the games that defined past generations exude a certain charm that often propels them into superior status. Reliving them for yourself is almost certain to conjure up sentiments such as, "Why don't they make games like this anymore?" rather than, "Yikes, I'll stick with the Xbox." Purchasing the titles through XBLA or PSN is technically a viable option, but summoning the warm feelings of familiarity is that much better in its authentic form. Re-experiencing the definitive moments of a simpler time, a period when eating vegetables and finishing homework were the main opponents of happiness, is satisfying on multiple levels. For one, rekindling ancient memories is enormously rewarding. Exploring old saved files and realizing that wow, I can't believe I actually collected all of those stars, puzzle pieces, coins, or heart pieces is always a heart-warming, ego-boosting find. I recall loading up my saved game from Harvest Moon 64. . . I had ten in-game years worth of gameplay on one file. That's more virtual years than I had spent on Earth at that time; how much would that achievement/trophy be worth? Equally as shocking is the realization that some aspects of older gaming were much more difficult than memory would serve. Conker's Pocket Tales on Gameboy Color was one such instance of perplexity. While I nearly finished the game as a kid and don't recall any Ninja Gaiden-like frustrations, with all my might I can barely get past the first level to this day. I must have had the child-like reflexes of a ninja or at least that's what I keep telling myself. Conker-based inadequacies aside, dusting off your Atari 2600, Dreamcast, or other old console is guaranteed to fulfill your sense of humor as well. Things that were badass in the 1980s or 1990s are often hilarious now. Turok 64 death screams are absolutely priceless, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater has musical accoutrements that will transport you into the late '90s punk scene, and Gex 64 makes in-game references to the X-Files, Poltergeist, and Full House. Who needs a time machine when a gateway to your childhood is right within reach? The essence of forgotten trends and declining fads aids in sweetening any excursion into the past of gaming through hands-on reminiscence and a healthy dose of gut-busting laughter. Beyond the arenas of personal achievement, hilarity, and frustration, hopping on the symbolic DeLorean in the name of Old School Day allows us to respect the pioneers within the industry, those instances of brilliance that set in motion what we now take for granted as technological commodities. Videogames as a medium have come so very far. What started as a hodgepodge of pixels and simplicity has evolved into visual, narrative-driven masterpieces easily on par with cinema. Gaming may have been an obscure hobby decades ago, but whether you adhere to the pastime personally or not, it is impossible to ignore its significance on an economic, cultural, and political scale. The current discussions about videogames and gun control are a testament to that. The industry boasts a powerful presence within the global landscape but also within my own life. I adopted Old School Day as reminder of why I became a gamer in the first place: the fun times with friends and family, the lessons learned from macho protagonists, the ability to step into the shoes of countless characters, and the satisfaction felt from saving the world, galaxy, or universe. If you find yourself in a place of gaming stagnancy, my hope is that after reading this, you'll incorporate a bit of Old School Day into your life and join me in celebrating retro gaming on a regular basis.What are your favorite older games? Do you ever take a break from new releases to play titles from the past?[Note: If you own Pokémon Stadium 2, follow my instructions without restraint for guaranteed laughs. Visit the mini games section and select Streaming Stampede. Make sure to play with the company of an easy or normal com and watch the stupidity ensue. Enjoy!] Image Sources: [1][2][3][4][5]
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Screw beer pong, hand me that controller
Gamers are a diverse breed. From PC aficionados and console fanatics, to retro devotees and casual admirers, there is no one-size-fits-all model of videogame hobbyist. Though we possess many differences, like game preferences...

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Sick Tony Hawk 3 speedrun

New speedrun bests Tony Hawk 3 in under four minutes

3:55 of classic Tony Hawk goodness
Jan 31
// Chris Carter
I thought I was a Tony Hawk pro after beating every game in the series last year, but I got nothin' on this guy, who beats Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 in three minutes and 55 seconds! The way he does it is by completing multipl...
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Tony Hawk DLC

Impressions: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD DLC

Canada, Airport, and LA
Dec 07
// Chris Carter
The Tony Hawk series has had a bumpy ride lately. Although I noted my small affinity towards Shred in my Quest to beat every Tony Hawk game ever this year, it was too little too late: Activision had lost most of its market an...

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD title update allows reverts

On every level!
Nov 27
// Chris Carter
Well, folks, I'm continuing on my journey to be one of the only people in the gaming industry to cover Tony Hawk HD -- I hope you're enjoying the ride! In recent news, it seems as if Robomodo has patched the 360 version of th...

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD DLC delayed until December

Does anyone care anymore?
Nov 02
// Chris Carter
I feel like I'm the only person in the entire game blogosphere that cares about the upcoming Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD DLC. There hasn't really been any coverage so far on it, and after literally months of pestering Robomodo ...

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