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Tony Hawk: Shred Posts Dismal Sales

Price Should Be Reduced to $20 By Christmas

by Veggie Jackson

There are several reasons a video game can flop financially.  Some games have the misfortune of sharing a release date with a new iteration of a blockbuster franchise, and are eclipsed at the retail shelves.  Others aren’t properly supported or marketed by their publisher, and fail to generate any interest from the gaming public.  Still others are simply too weird, unorthodox, or non-traditional for audiences to latch on to.  And then there are games that just plain suck.  I haven’t played Tony Hawk Shred yet, but if it’s anything like its predecessor, it falls squarely in this last category.  That’s probably why it sold only 3000 units in its first week of release.  Ouch.

To provide some frame of reference for just how bad these sales totals are, Shred only outsold NBA Elite 11 by 3000 copies, and that game doesn’t even exist.  A more relevant benchmark; in one week, Shred sold 0.00053% of what Call of Duty: Black Ops sold in its first day.  Admittedly, comparing Shred to Black Ops is akin to comparing a flashlight with a supernova, but still…

With countless unsold Tony Hawk: Ride packages littering the clearance aisles of game retailers everywhere, I’m not sure why Activision thought there was a market for another bad skating game with an unusable skateboard peripheral.  Along with the recent rumors that Robomodo has been taken off the Tony Hawk series, this dismal retail performance may very well mark the end of one of the most successful franchises in gaming.

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  • Sean
    Sean

    I didn't even realize that this game was out.

  • Dabuek
    Dabuek

    Good. PPL want to keep releasing the same crappy game over and over again and then act surprised when people don't buy it. (The notable exception being Halo for some reason.)

  • Veggie Jackson
    Veggie Jackson

    Putting recent Tony Hawk games in the same sentence as Halo titles is an insult to Halo, video games, and sentences.

  • Dabuek
    Dabuek

    Sorry, far as I'm concerned Halo is the same old recycled, uninspired trash for the past 4 installments. Even it's so called "finale* with Bungie, while a decent game, fell quite short.

    Just my opinion.

  • Burgertime
    Burgertime

    Not only have I not sold a single copy of that game, I've returned a copy that someone bought somewhere else. effectively granting me negative sales of tony hawk shred.

  • Veggie Jackson
    Veggie Jackson

    You are absolutely entitled to your opinion, Dabuek, but even your description of Halo as "the same old recycled, uninspired trash" is STILL much better than what Tony Hawk has become.

  • Dabuek
    Dabuek

    We can certainly agree on that.

  • Sean
    Sean

    Okay, I'll play devil's advocate...

    Tony Hawk, as a franchise has at least tried to do something new and innovative. Yeah, they've failed and fallen hard, but at least an effort was made to think outside the bubble. Is it really fair to say that the attempt isn't somewhat better than what Bungie has done with Halo, which is to just churn out the same basic game over and over again?

  • Veggie Jackson
    Veggie Jackson

    That would make me...Devil's prosecutor? Anyway, Tony Hawk DID try something different in Ride, and it failed. Them trying the exact same thing again is the opposite of innovative, and frankly fucking stupid. Halo, for its part, has at least improved their games. Reach is a better game than ODST, which was better than 3, etc. Also, the Forge is pretty innovative.

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