The Trials series was a blast long before Ubisoft purchased developer RedLynx. The blend of creative level design with the freedom of the controls makes for a thrilling experience. However, for better or worse, it’s never made it onto a Nintendo platform before, at least aside from the similar-in-spirit WiiWare game MotoHeroz. Fortunately, Trials Rising is a great showcase of all that makes Trials great, with its only stumbles being some technical hiccups in handheld mode and a reliance on an online connection.
Trials is back and it’s the same old Trials we used to know and love. Which is a good thing, because the old Trials were awesome. There is something in the simplicity of controls and the complexity of stages which is generally appealing to both casual and hardcore gamers. Basically, you control your bike with only 4 buttons: gas, break, and leaning left and right. This seems simple enough but there is a great number of technical skills to master in order to successfully pass the ordeals this game will put in front of you.
Trials Rising does return the track editor with a robust suite of object options. Objects have been included from every past Trials game to be used in the editor. Creators can adjust the time of day and plenty of details such as having a track in space with limited gravity to help shake things up and give players the opportunity to try different tracks. These can all be downloaded, played and voted on. More importantly, the tracks are cross platform and can be downloaded if you create one on another console. One thing that is seriously lacking in the editor is the inclusion of a tutorial. When you enter the editor, you’re basically just given the tools and told to run with it. This won’t be an issue for players that used this in the past, but new players will have issues with not only the navigation, but the implementation of the tools. Best and Cheapest Huge Acorn Pack For Sale
If you have played Trials before, the biggest addition is in the structure and progression. Levels are split across different leagues on a world map, with each league culminating in a Stadium Final, where you directly race against numerous computer players. The levels often delight, with clever structures and numerous surprises. The scenery is varied and detailed, though some backgrounds are weirdly obfuscated by fog. Still, those visual problems don’t muck up the glory of the tracks. Even when you beat those enjoyable levels, there might be reason to revisit them in the form of Contracts, which are bonus challenges ranging from beating a level in a specific amount of time or doing so with a limited number of bails. It’s not an earth-shattering addition, but it does enrich the incentive to get better times and try levels again.
Trials Rising still feels like an extension of Trials Evolution. It may not feel like the true big-budget sequel that many still crave for, but then Trials is an iterative series. Instead, Rising is more of the same just slightly more polished than what we’ve experienced before. It’s not going to break minds, it’s just a great motorsport puzzler.