Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Release Date: April 16, 2014
The Trials series is one that almost always pleases fans. Since Trials HD launched in 2009, players have continuously craved more of the ridiculous motorcycle racing game. Slowly but surely RedLynx has brought out more entries, with the newest being Trials Fusion. This also marks the series“ first jump onto a new round of platforms. Does Trials Fusion succeed as a â€œnext genâ€ game while still retaining the charm of previous entries?
Yes, it does indeed. Regardless if you are a long-time fan or brand new player you“ll likely find the game is tremendously fun. Trials Fusion is a 2.5D physics-based racing game where players ride a variety of bikes through a great deal of stages. Each level is filled with precarious jumps, bumps, and other strange obstacles to overcome. Failure greets players often, but is usually hilarious thanks to the rider“s floppy disposition. The poor fellow looks like a ragdoll upon crashing into walls, getting exploded, and a host of other tragedies.
Levels come in a collections grouped by difficulty and theme. For example, there are sections that are mountainous and filled with nature while others take place in futuristic cities. Thanks to the distinct nature of every stage, you likely won“t get bored despite the mostly simple controls. As the game is nearly a 2D experience, you can only increase or decrease bike speed as well as tilt it and the rider. Getting a hang of the controls isn“t too bad and means that players of many skill levels should be able to enjoy Trials Fusion.
At least, things start out that way. As you climb the ranks it eventually becomes a far more difficult game. This is due to unlocking a couple motorcycles that require much more precision handling. The game also expects players to use more advanced tricks, such as bunny hopping and climbing up super steep inclines. All stages start out locked, but even accessing the hard ones requires playthroughs of all previous easy and medium difficulty stages. In that way, they“re at least hoping players will learn the ropes well enough.
There is no real detriment to bailing a lot except when it comes to scores. At the end of a race you“re given a bronze, silver, or gold medal along with some prize money. Bronze is awarded for simply finishing the course while silver and gold can be harder to attain. They often ask for a minimum of failures as well as completion under a certain time. Medals also are used to unlock new racing areas. Unfortunately, getting bronze on every stage does not provide enough medals to unlock new sections, so you are required to increase in skill to experience the game completely.
What is the money for? Players use in-game currency to purchase new clothing outfits for their rider. It“s fairly routine customization but some of the outfits are fun. For example, one outfit channels Evel Knievel and fits perfectly with the silliness of Trials Fusion. Clothes also unlock the more you play, meaning that just having loads of cash isn“t enough. Outfits impart no boosts or skills but are nice cosmetic bonuses.
A neat new feature for the game is known as the FMX Tricks System. When in the air, players can now access a wide variety of tricks by moving the left and right thumbsticks. It“s a bit tough to get a hang of, but once you do, things really get fun. Now instead of simply doing flips, you can also string together various rider tricks and hopefully pull off the landing. A handful of stages require the player to match movements, while others simply ask for the highest trick score possible.
In regards to the PS4 version, the game looks very fresh overall with interesting stage designs. It also escapes the curse many PSN games on PS4 have and actually manages to look better than a PS3 title. Graphics are bright and detailed; far more so than any Trials before. This does cause issues every once in a while as an incredibly bright sun blinds me to the track. On other times, the darkness of stage segments causes a similar problem. It“s one thing to bail due to making a mistake and another to mess up because you simply couldn“t see what was going on.
Outside of a few hiccups, Trials Fusion is a great new entry for the franchise. It maintains that goofy fun and addictive quality it always possessed. This time around they“ve just amped it up further with more unique stages and a bit more freedom for the rider. PS4 gamers in need of something new should definitely pick it up and compete on the leaderboards. Fans also are in for a treat with this latest venture. Trials Fusion is an awesome motorcycle racing experience raring to eat up hours of your time.
+ Excellent bike controls
+ Stages are varied nicely with distinct features and backdrops
+ Tons of replayability via medal and scoring systems
- Some distracting lighting leads to unfair crashes
- Not many vehicles to choose from
Overall Score: 9.0 (out of 10)
Trials Fusion hits a few bumps in the road but nothing that can stop it from being an incredibly fun racing game.