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It's about time Tony Hawk made a comeback. The once best selling skateboarding franchise has become a symbol of failure in the gaming industry. It would be a shame to have the series end on a such a low note. Neversoft needs to remind us why we love the Tony Hawk franchise. It's time to bring back Tony Hawk's Pro Skater.
We all know Tony Hawk's Ride & Shred were failures, but why were they failures? First thing I'd point to is the motion controlled skateboard that was required to play these games. It's clear Tony Hawk wanted to capitalize on the motion control fad that was going around. The problem was the games didn't successfully track the players movement which made the concept more of a gimmick than anything else. I personally have no interest in riding a skateboard which is why I like the arcade style Tony Hawk games always had. For your comeback you must get rid of the skateboard control.
Tony Hawk's comeback has to be named Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. Why? because most fans agree that the best Tony Hawk games were from the Pro Skater series. They also sold the most units and were more focused on skateboarding. By the time Tony Hawk went Underground the series focused more on story, and adding elements to the gameplay such walking and driving. The name Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 would be perfect. It could be marketed as the true sequel to Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 which is arguably the best game in the series.
You don't want to make a comeback that sucks. You want to remind the gamers how good Tony Hawk games used to be. Don't go overboard trying to add new features. Just give us the Tony Hawk experience we deserve. You could test the water by releasing an HD version of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4. I bet if it were under $15 it would do quite well. I personally could use a new Tony Hawk experience. It was a game people enjoyed watching me play as I attempted to score million point combos. Please come back Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. We miss you.