My view on the clusterf*** of mess that is Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 is a bit more light-hearted compared to most others out there. That’s because I didn’t have the misfortune of plopping down $60 on the game only to have my expectations shattered (I honestly didn’t even know the game was released until about 10 minutes ago).
The initially 4.6GB game had a release-day update clocking in at a whopping 7.7GB, and, obviously, it frazzled just about everyone who bought the game.
To slap some flavorless icing on the cake, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 was completely riddled with enough glitches to essentially brick the game upon release. From the looks of things (and the Eurogamer video above) it seems that Assassin’s Creed has some competition in the Broken Games Market.
The art-style, although interesting, seems to be doing zero justice for the consumers who expected to buy a game made for the current gen consoles (PS4 & Xbox One). Activision, the company behind this beauty, sought to tackle this issue before release by changing up the art-style during mid-development. Sadly, that did not get rid of the fact that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 looks like a basic mobile game.
What was originally a promise to fans as a return-to-roots type of game, wound up becoming the source of my late-night laughs. Seeing Tony Hawk bounce, flounce, twitch, and glitch all around really gets me.
I created a couple of GIFs for you guys so you can better understand why I love this game already.
Understandably, a lot of people were peeved at Activision for delivering something this incomplete. This holds especially true when you consider the price tag of $60 that was slapped onto this piece of glitch.
Hopefully the glowingly negative reviews of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 sway companies into not slapping a $60 price tag on every new game. Not every new game is worth that amount, and THPS5 serves as a perfect recent example that.
Gamers could have easily been saved from this frustration had it not been for Activision’s placement of a pre-release review embargo on the title, which is another business tactic I hope goes away soon.
One more thing, I wanted to share with you guys my absolute favorite frame from the video above (and my new wallpaper):