Trial Rising DEALS
Now, I would like to label myself as a patient man, almost like a saint at times. But there are a few things that really grind my gears – a few of these include people who care about the score of a game than the actual review itself, UK politics, and trying to be perfect on Trials Rising – the latter, for the last week or so has had me pulling my hair out in stress.
Trials Rising is the latest offering in the long series that originally started out as a browser game and from there the sky was the limit with a number of games and spin-offs and Ubisoft publishing the game, where it’s part racing part platformer, part patience tester.
So, what’s new on the gameplay? well, nothing significant really. It’s still the physics platformer that you love to hate in frustration. To accelerate, brake, and balancing the bike and that’s your lot, which is very simple to pick up and hard to put down until the inevitable mental breakdown. Newly added is the Tandem Bike that you and a buddy on a couch can take on the game together on a bike which can be a continuation of a beautiful relationship or finding more space under the floorboards. So, gameplay is more of a case of if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
Now in terms of content, there is the single player stuff which is travelling the world from the studio backlots of Hollywood to the Eiffel tower to the great wall of China in multiple leagues and stadium finals at the end of them which is fine but there is a bit of a pace problem as in the beginning I was easily getting to the stadium finals well before finishing all of the tracks in the league but later on as a good chunk of the levels were done that I wasn’t getting to the stadiums finals as easy and was more of a grind fest. The sponsor contract races serve as the challenges in the career mode and are very good fun but do start to become very stressful and tedious when they are the quickest way to progress and get all the levels done and done.
Also added and welcomed is a much better tutorial where it breaks down all of the techniques needed to be successful at the game from dealing with rolling hills to continuous bunny hops and gives you a carefree environment to practice and fall on your dumb face. There is a level creator mode so you can create your very own level and play other levels made by the community which can range from quite good to annoying and some an interesting twist like one map where you can play beer pong. There is also local and online multiplayer to take on your friends or alienate them with your speed or slowness so there is enough to blast through.
You can customize your bikes and rider but as always these days, the stupid Loot Boxes and dreaded Microtransactions make an appearance like a pantomime villain. Online servers are alright and do the job nicely and with the graphics looking rather nice and tidy and handsome I must say it’s a nicely put together game after all with no major game breaking bugs and glitches to report.
In short Trials Rising, more of the same really with the simple and yet lovingly frustrating gameplay where failure is one small fuck up away. Lots of nice and lovely levels to blast your way through in solo and with friends near and far and made by professional game designers and people who shouldn’t leave a house without a responsible adult. A helpful tutorial for newcomers to learn the ropes or seasoned players to brush up on their skills. Though the career can get a bit grindy and the loot boxes and microtransactions claim another victim like an untreatable virus. However, if you want a fun laugh with friends or lose some in a violent outburst of frustration then this is a nice little game for you guys.
Trials Rising is a fun game with plenty of content to blast your way through with the simple and addictive gameplay. The addition of the tutorial is very welcomed and does offer a place to learn and practice. However, the career mode can get rather dull and grinding, plus microtransactions and loot boxes, do I need to say any more?
- The simple, fun and lovingly frustrating gameplay
- Lots of levels to play through both ready made and created by the community
- Tandem bike is a huge laugh
- Career can get grindy in the latter stages
- Loot Boxes