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Replacement for RIDE Controller
I was able to use my "Tony Hawk Ride" controller for a long time after it cracked from heavy use. It recently stopped working altogether. So, I bought the Shred bundle, mainly to replace the controller but also to get a different game to go along with the newer controller.
Even though I had plenty of space around the Shred controller, I still had trouble getting it to calibrate. I couldn't remember how I finally got the Ride controller to calibrate years ago. I DID remember what some of the Shred reviewers posted and used two fully charged batteries along with two that were slightly discharged.
Having had a problem with lost connections between the Ride controller and the dongle, I placed the Shred controller the same way that I placed the Ride controller. The console and TV are both on top of my TV cart. The nose of the controller is pointed directly at the TV screen but pointed at one side of the console so that, when starting gameplay, the nose is aimed more or less directly at the front of the Shred dongle.
So far, things are working fine. The Shred controller seems to be more responsive than the Ride controller ever was, even though some of my "grabs" and "pushes" don't get detected.
You might have to jump through a few hoops to get the controller to work, but the fun you have when it's working well (along with the current pricing) makes it worth it in my opinion.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
Great Game - BAD HARDWARE! - WATCH WARRANTY ISSUE
I'm a child of the 80's and was an avid skateboarder back then and can remember Slimeball wheels and all those other wonderful things besides high interest rates. I now have a 3 and 5 year old and thought this game might be a fun way to introduce them to the world, even if it was pretend, of skateboarding. The game itself is a lot of fun and can be played even by my 3 year old if you help out a bit. I've enjoyed the soundtrack with the game and have played it about 3 hours before the board stopped working. (I did not have any of the calibration issues that other people mentioned at the start. It calibrated easily the first time, right out of the box.)
It actually stopped working immediately after I finished a skateboard run. I went to switch to the snowboarding mode and the front and rear sensors on the board died. I tried all the manual troubleshooting and Activision's/greater world wide web troubleshooting too. I contacted Activision and they were very good about sending a replacement at no charge. However that board was Dead On Arrival. I am now awaiting my third, and what will be my final board one way or another.
The Activision tech did say he would only cover the warranty because I purchased it from company. The implication, is that if you purchase this from an individual person selling on Amazon was that they might NOT cover that warranty.
Activision support has been AWESOME and I have enjoyed working with them; but, I have to believe, the hardware in the boards should be been designed to be a bit more robust. I'm sad that they just couldn't get it right with the H/W aspect to make it a full experience.
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No calibration problems for me
By Just a Pen Name
Obviously, the big issue with this product is the trouble people have had calibrating the skateboard controller, so that's what I'll review. Also, I just got the game today, and haven't had much time to play...
The skateboard controller has sensors at the front, back, left and right sides. Calibration is just a matter of pushing on the board with your foot in each direction, which both tilts the board and covers up the sensor. The game leads you through this. So it is important that you don't have anything in the field of view of the other three sensors while you do this. The instructions say to leave a 4 foot radius around the board while calibrating (and, I suppose, while playing). I did this, and had no problems calibrating the board. We were playing in minutes.
Those sensors, by the way, are for sensing your hands and feet during play. You can start by "kicking off," swinging your leg as if you were pushing off on pavement. And you can put your hands down as if you were grabbing the board (you only have to get close).
The board itself was a pleasant surprise - the package was BIG. The skateboard I had as a kid was smaller than this thing. It is very sturdy - it didn't make any cracking noises with my fat self on it, so no kid is going to damage this thing without trying pretty hard. The top is textured, so you don't slip off, and the bottom is shaped so you can swing the skateboard around on carpeting. They supply stick-on material for use on hard floors. It's a nice feel.