Travel the world on your new skateboard controller with Tony Hawk and pals.
Tony Hawk has been dormant for most of the Wii's existence, but now he's coming back in a big way. In Tony Hawk: Ride, the Birdman takes to the streets with a new motion-sensing skateboard controller that was designed alongside the game.
This new peripheral eliminates the need for a normal controller in-game, as everything the player needs is right at their fingertips and feet. Players treat the Ride board like they would a real skateboard, minus the wheels. While standing on the board, players can rotate, tilt, and lift it to perform a variety of tricks ranging from ollies to complex board flips. Grabs can also be performed by motioning around the four sensors on the side of the board.
Controller aside, Tony Hawk and the rest of his friends are back and up to their old tricks as they take on vert, trick, and speed challenges in both single-player and multiplayer modes across five different city areas, including Los Angeles, Toledo, and Frankfurt. The multiplayer mode only uses one skateboard controller during its "Hot Seat"-style gameplay. There will also be create-a-skater and online modes.
To ease players into the new control scheme, there will be three different levels of difficulty. The lowest one effectively puts the game on rails, while the other two slowly give the player more control over where their player can go and what they can do.
Like past games in the series, Ride retains a special meter, except this time it does something more than just get you more points; it also activates visual effects that add pastel-like lines that follow you around.
Below is a list of the skaters that will appear in the game:
- Tony Hawk
- Paul Rodriguez
- Ryan Sheckler
- Mike Vallely
- Nyjah Huston
- Steve Nesser
- Cara Beth Burnside
- Lyn-Z Adams
- Mike Mo Capaldi
- Stevie Williams
- Dustin Dollin
- Daewon Song
- Rodney Mullen
- Christian Hosoi
- Alex Olson
Tony Hawk: Ride is being developed by Buzz Monkey for Wii, and is set to come out on November 17 for an estimated $120.