Monday, November 29, 2010

Tony Hawk: SHRED

I like skater kids. I've been hoping that one of my kids gets into skateboarding. It seems like a healthy—although semi-dangerous—obsessive sport that would keep my kids busy after school.

Unfortunately they haven't been all that interested in it yet. I'm hoping that our new copy of Tony Hawk: SHRED will encourage them to want to try the real thing. (Am I the only mom in America who wants her kids to be skater punks?)

SHRED, because that's how you say it—in all caps—comes with a skateboard controller with which you can navigate through all of the controls just by moving the board around and doing ollies and nollies. At least I think that's what they are called.

Using the board to navigate is a little tough and learning to skate takes a while, but it's fun. It's okay if you screw up, because you just try again. My kids that played the game are 7 and 9 and they were able to make it work fine. I was too, although I'm sure I looked ridiculous. Teens or tweens that are already into skateboarding will probably love this and, because it's so active, it will get them up and off the couch, which is always a good thing.

Honestly, the thing I found most frustrating about the game was figuring out how to use the menus to get to the action I wanted to choose. My kids got stuck on one particular skate route because we couldn't figure out how to get out of it.

We haven't played the snowboarding function yet, but that looks like it's going to be fun. For sure I'll keep pulling this out and encouraging my kids to play with it because if I can't encourage them to skateboard in my driveway during the long winter months, at least I can make them skateboard in my living room.

 Shred, little boy! Shred!

Tony Hawk: SHRED is available for the Nintendo Wii, the Xbox 360, and the PlayStation 3. List price for SHRED, including the board controller, is $99.99, but you can find it online for less.

Honesty clause: I received a review sample of Tony Hawk: SHRED at no charge.