How Tony Hawk Rode Off My Radar

Back in the early days of the Playstation 2 I jumped on the extreme sports bandwagon for a short bit, I had Tony Hawk 3 (and 4), SSX, some BMX game that promised me boobs but was really just lame instead. My fascination with extreme sports was short lived though and I haven’t much paid attention to the genre in recent years. Then along came Tony Hawk: Ride and suddenly my interested was piqued, not exactly to the point where I was going to jump without a parachute back into the world of extreme sports video games but enough that I was keeping it on my radar. I mean at the very least the concept sounded cool and that was something to keep an eye on.

As I said in a recent blog post by JustSomeDude, entitled Tony Hawk goes casual to stay relevant, I said that if the game actually turned out to be fun I would possibly give it a shot. Of course all this relied completely on if Activision priced it in a price range I was willing to go to. Today 1UP is reporting that GameStop has priced Tony Hawk Ride at a staggering $120. Suddenly Tony Hawk: Ride, which was a small blip to begin with, is completely off my radar.

I don’t know about you but for me that is about $40 too much. Some of you are probably scratching your heads right now going, “But Chris, didn’t you spend $170 on Rock Band and $180 on Guitar Hero: World Tour?” I did but at that point I knew what I was getting out of the package. I knew I liked the basic, underlying gameplay of both Rock Band and Guitar Hero and come this fall, I won’t be buying the bundles for their associated expansions. What I don’t know about Tony Hawk: Ride is if it is any fun and at $120 I am much less inclined to try it out, especially with the influx of other games coming out this fall.

Am I going to forgo a pair of potentially better games in favor of one game with a ridiculously overpriced skateboard peripheral? I don’t think so, and while I can’t say for certain that it will stay this way, as of right now Tony Hawk: Ride won’t be getting any more attention from me.

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