The return of a franchise like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater should be an event to celebrate. With the release of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 though, it could possibly be the final nail in its coffin instead.
The fact that the game is broken is very evident to anybody who has played the game, now comes the wait to see if Activision will even bother to fix it. To try and clarify the situation Gamerscore Whores contacted the company about the game, and actually managed to get a response:
“We are aware of the issues that players have experienced following the launch of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 and are working with the developer to address these so that we can continue to improve the gameplay experience for all of the Tony Hawk fans who have known and loved this franchise for more than 16 years.”
“The core of the game is present on the disc and playable without downloading the patch. The patch does contain tweaks that are needed to fully integrate dedicated server support, which is needed if the player is connected to the Internet since the game is always online. The patch also gives the players additional content as well as improved stability and overall experience”
While this response is generic, at least it is a reaction from the company. The fact that they are working on the problem and free content will be made available has to be seen as a plus. What still can’t be ignored though is the fact that games should not be released in the state that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 was.
What this shows is that lessons have not been learnt from the likes of Assassin’s Creed Unity, and by now you would hope that they would have been. In the age of the internet gamer reaction comes instantly, as we have seen with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, broken games will never be accepted.
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