Man did I ever sink hours into the original Tony Hawk game. I have very fond memories of my childhood as a skater, eventually stopping around the time high school was happening for me. Years later, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater came out for the PlayStation and naturally I gravitated towards it. And it was SO much fun. I picked up a couple of more iterations after it, even the ones made for Game Boy Advance. So when I heard that a remaster of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 were being remade for PS4 as a single bundle, needless to say I was interested.
That is until I realized that the only way to play the demo was to place a pre-order for the game or buy a burrito from Chipotle. Demos should be free to help convince people that they should indeed buy the full version of the game. If you’re gonna pre-order the game, you’re already interested and probably don’t need any more convincing. Yes, you can probably cancel your pre-order but that is such a hassle that no one should have to potentially go through just to try out a demo.
And offering the demo as part of a Chipotle burrito purchase? I can’t think of anything stupider. Oh wait, yes I can. Offering it to the first 2,000 registered customers is one way, which is exactly what Chipotle did. That’s like piling on guac on top of your sour cream, except 1000% less enjoyable. That number may sound like it’s a lot of demos to give away, but it probably isn’t. I’m not entirely sure if any are available anymore but it doesn’t matter, I’m not about to register an account to try and get one.
My high level interest just about died out. I’m sure the game is great, all of the reviews of the demo say so. But the way they handled offering the demo made my decision to wait for it to go on ultra deep discount easy. Maybe things will change after August 14th when the demo will finally be playable, maybe not. At this point, I almost don’t care anymore.