Release date: Out now
Official page: Trials Rising Official Site
So, I’ll begin by saying that I am a newbie to the Trials games. I do have experience with these sort of games and I do love playing this sort of game but I have just never played a Trials game. With that being said, I was looking forward to getting in to it as a newbie with a fresh pair of eyes. Read on to find out what I thought when I went hands-on with Trials Rising for review, here we go…
Okay, so I’ll start with the graphics and how glorious they looked at times. The single player campaign takes you from place to place across the globe, a lot of the places are iconic locations too and it looks great. You travel from Paris to Hollywood and it really does look fantastic as you witness movie set car chases and alien invaders. Each level is meticulously packed with set pieces and they sometimes made my eyes wander to each detail instead of concentrating on my riding skills and I proceeded to face-plant the floor. That one is on me though as I was keen to see the whole intricate details of all the levels! I certainly got my monies worth as I replayed level after level in order to get a peek. On a side note, some of the crashes are very comedic and slapstick, it’s almost like Laurel or Hardy is the rider at times! At least I could chuckle at my epic fails!
Another level I enjoyed playing was a rollercoaster level. As I rode through, a rollercoaster rode alongside me with loop-the-loops and wicked twists and turns. The art of the game and the unique quality of each level really impressed me from the off and it certainly never got old.
Moving on to the gameplay and whilst it is easy to learn, expect a challenge as you progress through the single-player campaign which is a steady difficulty at first but then leads up to some almost impregnable stages. It can be frustratingly hard at times but I got such a sense of achievement once accomplished. It’s worth noting that although the later levels were hard, I never wanted to give up, it just gave me more determination to get through them. You just keep telling yourself ‘one more go.’
The campaign is an XP-based progression system and you start on a bare world map but as your rider levels up, it soon fills up with new tracks, challenges, sponsor contracts in which you can gain in-game currency and other perks as well as other fare. However, you will not play a level once and then move on to the next unlocked one. Oh no, it isn’t that easy, you could play a level multiple times before you unlock the next part of the world map so you’ll need to be patient and hone your skills. You’ll need to get to know the level, get some familiarity with it before you can truly beat it and move on. Repetition as well as failure is inevitable.
You’ll also unlock loot boxes as you progress too which will help you customise your rider. They will provide improvements to your avatar as well as your growing collection of bikes. I found the loot boxes to be similar and not needed/wanted after a while but that’s just me.
One minor quibble I found was that once the world map became fuller with mini-games and such, you can easily get a little lost and it becomes somewhat of an annoyance to navigate as it takes a while but as I said, it is minor.
If you are more interested in the multiplayer side of things then no problem, Trials has you covered. Even in the solo campaign, there is a multiplayer element to it and that comes in the form of three real world competitors and you watch their ghost avatars perform their runs around the course. This can help your strategy as you can watch the ghosts’ tactics and how they perhaps get the right line around the course. However, if you aren’t interested then you can turn off the ghosts in your settings.
You can play multiplayer both local and online. ‘Tandem’ and ‘Party’ were the ones I found interesting and they were often the ones adding more hilarity to the situation.
You can also participate in online ‘Challenger Mode’ matches. Here players take on three other challengers in a series of increasingly difficult tracks, with only a few failures allowed. This can be very challenging.
Another part of the multiplayer attraction is the global multiplayer which is where up to 8 players can compete in 3 rounds of traditional competition. It also features divisional ranking and is divided into seasons with unique seasonal rewards. There is plenty to keep you and your friends occupied.
Build your own
One little extra is a track editor which to be fair, is great. You could easily spend so much of your time on this game building tracks if you wanted. In order to build your tracks, you have access to over 8000 parts and there is also online video tutorials which will help enforce your skills. So, what are you waiting for? Get building!
Time to rock out
I’m always a fan of music in games and it does play a big part as I’ve previously stated in my other reviews. So, with that being said, Trials Rising certainly brings a wide array of music for you to ride/crash to. It is wonderfully infused with a collection of rock, rap, hip-hop, metal as well as some electro dance music and for me, it is a hit! You’ll definitely be bobbing your head along to the tunes if you get chance amidst the crashing.
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The Review Key for Trials Rising was provided by Ubisoft for the purposes of this review.