Skinned knees, sore joints and maybe the occasional broken bone are all expected hazards when learning to skateboard but how about glitching through the walls and stuttering back and forth? From early first hand reports the retail version of Activision’s Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 is absolute mess. What happened, Bird Man?
Activision’s revival of the long dormant Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater franchise shipped to retail this morning and it sounds like the game turned out to be a complete bail. With reports (and YouTube videos) of skaters glitching back and forth on the rails, to riders clipping through the environment it looks like the developers may have let more than a few minor bugs slip through the certification process.
As of the time of writing there are more than few threads over on the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater Reddit warning potential buyers that they should “know what you’re signing up for” before putting down $60 for the game. Reports have varied from the aforementioned bugs to a large 7 gigabyte patch that’s nearly double the initial install size of the game being available out of the box.
It is no wonder Activision hasn’t supplied us or many other press outlets with review codes for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5. We’ve sent multiple requests for a review code and will update this article if we hear anything back from the publisher.
Perhaps you should do a 180 if you approach this game at your local GameStop? If you’re having issues with THPS5 we’d love to hear from you!
Check out some of the glitch videos below.