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Tony Hawk, Activision making console game for 2015

Activision and Tony Hawk are developing a console game for 2015 that’s poised to delight Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series fans, Hawk announced in a tweet today. There’s also a mobile game incoming, he said.

I’m currently working with Activision on…
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This Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 Speedrun Beats The Game In Under Four Minutes

An impressive combination of trick skill, level knowledge, and speedy menu navigation makes this Tony Hawk's Pro Skater speed run difficult to keep up with.

You can check out the video below from YouTube user GeorgeThePlushie, clocking a jaw-dropping three minutes and 26 second completion time for a game I probably took me a month to defeat when I first played it.

Oddly, one of the most impressive aspects of the run is the speed at which menus are navigated. It's ridiculous. You'll also notice the speed runner using their index finger to manipulate the shoulder and face buttons while they leave their thumb on the X button. It's a hugely impressive feat. To check out GeorgeThePlushie's Twitch channel, head here.

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For another impressive speed run, check out the recently set Ocarina of Time run.

[Source: GeorgeThePlushie on Youtube, GeorgeThePlushie on Twitch, via Kotaku, GameSpot] – The Feed

Learn Why Bruce Willis Was Used In Early Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater Builds In Informational Video

The folks over at Did You Know Gaming have put together a new video covering the early history of the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series.

The video covers the development of the first game, which was built using a modified version of the engine of Neversoft's previous game, Apocalypse, which starred Bruce Willis. Early builds of the game – the ones showed to Tony Hawk in an attempt to obtain his approval for the game – used Bruce Willis' Apocalypse character model. You will find a handful of other interesting facts about the first Tony Hawk's Pro Skater in the video below.

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You can check out other videos from the Did You Know Gaming channel covering Harvest Moon, the history of the Nintendo 64, and the PlayStation by hitting the links.

Thanks to Vitas Varnas for the news tip!

[Source: Did You Know Gaming on YouTube,] – The Feed

Tony Hawk’s new game is exclusively for mobiles

Tony Hawk may be returning to video games, but he isn’t returning to consoles anytime soon. The skateboarding star revealed his new game is exclusively for mobile phones, after admitting last year he’d been “wanting to do a mobile game for a long…
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Activision Confirms A New Tony Hawk Game Is Coming

We don’t know what it is or when it’s coming, but a new Tony Hawk game is in the works. The skateboarding icon mentioned the news first on his Sirius XM radio show, saying only that he’s working on a game.

IGN reported and confirmed the news with Activision, who would say only that it is working on something Hawk. The last Tony Hawk title released was the Robomodo developed Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, a compilation of the first two PlayStation 1 titles.

For more on Tony Hawk’s legacy, you can check out our ranking of the titles in that series. We suspect you can guess which is at the bottom.

[Source: IGN]


Our Take
Given the wide quality spectrum of the Tony Hawk titles, I’m withholding my optimism. Without platform information, we don’t know if this is a retail PC and console release, smaller downloadable title, or mobile game. It’s far too early to know if more Tony Hawk is a good thing. – The Feed

Tony Hawk and Activision ride together again

Activision has confirmed the company is once again collaborating with pro skater Tony Hawk on a new video game.

“Activision can confirm that they have something in the works with Tony Hawk, more info is coming soon,” a statement provided to IGN…
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Tony Hawk Eyes Mobile For His Next Video Game Outing

In a recent interview, Tony Hawk revealed that whatever is coming next for Tony Hawk in the video game world, it will most likely be on mobile devices.

Speaking with CNBC, Hawk had a lot to say about mobile gaming, and how he would like to get involved. Hawk said, "You just have to adapt and you have to realize where people are going to actually play their games. It used to just be Nintendo and PlayStation, and now it's all kind of devices. So you've got to learn to adapt what you know from the technology into those areas. I've been wanting to do a mobile game for a long time."

Hawk continued by remarking on the free-to-play model of mobile gaming, which he said seems to be the most popular.

Fore more on Tony Hawk's video game legacy, check out our feature where we ranked every Tony Hawk  game.

[Source: CNBC]


Our Take
Tony Hawk has appeared on mobile devices before. In 2010, a port of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 was released on iOS devices. When Tony Hawk said, "I've been wanting to do a mobile game for a long time," I'm sure he means a brand new game, as opposed to a port.

The HD re-release of Tony Hawk may have been somewhat of a disappointment, but I would still like to see future Tony Hawk games (which I would like to play) stick to platforms that use buttons and control sticks. Also, as a punk-rock skate boarder, I hope Hawk realizes that just because something is popular (free-to-play), doesn't mean it's cool. – The Feed

Xbox Live sale on Deadpool, Tony Hawk HD, more Activision games

Activision is in the publisher sale spotlight on Xbox Live, with select games and add-ons receiving discounts up to half off.

Deadpool is down to $ 40 on Games on Demand, while Prototype has been bumped down to $ 10. Entries in the Spider-Man series are all on sale, as are select X-Men and Transformers games.

Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 is marked down to $ 5 on the Xbox Live Arcade side, and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is down to $ 7.50. True Achievements has compiled a list of everything on sale, which you can feel free to pore over here.

JoystiqXbox Live sale on Deadpool, Tony Hawk HD, more Activision games originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 04 Oct 2013 02:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Tony Hawk ‘Revert Pack’ DLC out now for PSN, XBLA, Steam soon

Tony Hawk 'Revert Pack' DLC out now for PSN, XBLA, Steam soon

Longer combos (and subsequently, higher scores and bigger disappointments) are likely taking place on a virtual skate-park near you, as Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD‘s Revert Pack has successfully landed all four of its polymer wheels on XBLA and PSN.

PC proponents of preposterous push-board performances can expect the DLC to hit Steam “within a couple days,” an Activision representative has informed us. Right now though, console kickers can get the download’s three Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 levels for 400 MS Points/$ 4.99. All users, however, will receive the eponymous “revert” ability as a free system update, which allows for combo continuation by linking ground and vertical tricks.

JoystiqTony Hawk ‘Revert Pack’ DLC out now for PSN, XBLA, Steam soon originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 06 Dec 2012 22:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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