Video Game Review: Tony Hawk Ride
Skateboard video game close to the real thing
Skateboarder Tony Hawk demonstrates how to play his new video game, Tony Hawk Ride. (Photo: Jennifer Boggs)
Ever wanted to skateboard in your living room? Well now you can (without getting in trouble, that is)!
Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk recently released his new video game Tony Hawk Ride. The game is published by Activision and is rated E 10+ for everyone ages 10 and up.
The game works with a wireless motion sensor skateboard that amps up the feeling of being on a real skateboard.
You can play many different skateboarders, including Tony Hawk. You can also travel to many locations around the globe, take challenges, and master 100 tricks without risking major injury (or breaking the living room furniture).
During a demonstration of the game at Scholastic headquarters in New York City, I found the game easy to learn. There's a tutorial and training mode. You can play from many different skill modes as well. And you can challenge with a computer or you can go online with your Xbox 360 or PS3 and play multi with your friends!
I loved playing this game with the actual Tony Hawk! It felt like I was really on a skateboard. (This may give all you potential skateboarders who fear broken wrists some courage.)
Tony Hawk Ride works with Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii consoles. What I think is cool about this game is that on the Wii you can play as your Mii avatar. For me, it means I can recreate the afternoon spent with the actual Tony Hawk skateboarding in downtown Manhattan!
Be sure to check out Christopher's interview with Tony Hawk, as well as his post on the Scholastic Kids Press Corps Blog about the experience of meeting Tony Hawk!
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