Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5, released today on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, never promised to be a pretty game. Even after changing art styles midway through development, the latest in the skateboarding franchise looked like a touched-up version of a decades-old game. The simple aesthetic almost seemed intentional; after all, the game's marketing emphasized this entry would return the series to what people loved about the earliest games. Sadly, it appears Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 is ugly inside and out.
Review copies of THPS5 arrived on release day for many publications, a tactic often used to save a game's day one sales from negative coverage. That coverage is coming anyway. Eurogamer has posted a two-minute video (above) brimming with bugs: Tony Hawk sinks into sidewalks, flies through halfpipes, and contorts in inhuman ways. Here's their YouTube description: "All Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 glitches and physics bugs in this video were captured in under 60 minutes of gameplay, on a PS4 with the 7gb launch update installed.
As for that patch, Destructoid reports the download is 7.7GB, over 65 percent larger than actual game's install size, 4.6GB. Here's Polygon's Griffin McElroy on his experience playing the game.
THPS5 wouldn’t let me complete the tutorial, crashed the game, and now refuses to load past the Activision logo. So, not a great start.— Griffin McElroy (@griffinmcelroy) September 29, 2015
Activision is charging $60 for Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and $39.99 for the game on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. NeoGAF is posting a collection of funny / sad GIFS and they cost nothing. And keep your eyes on Polygon, who will be covering this mess over the next few days.