It is no secret that the Activision's stalwart Tony Hawk Pro Skater franchise has been in serious trouble over the past few years. The preeminent skateboarding series – once known for its innovation in design – became a reflection of its own cheekiness as the solid and exciting gameplay turned stale and overplayed with each consecutive release. The franchise was in dire need of a jumpstart, and Tony Hawk: Ride is Activision's attempt at doing just that. By enlisting the help of the newly formed Chicago studio Robomodo (ex-EA Chicago folks), Activision has effectively rebuilt the franchise from the ground up. While the results in the final product are definitely mixed, all in all the final verdict is that the franchise is undoubtedly better for the change.