Full- throt­tle fun guar­an­tee

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Eguide Tech - MIKE WIL­COX mike@ hy­per­ac­tiveg­ames. com

THE physics- based mo­tor­bike racer, Tri­als Evo­lu­tion, is the suc­ces­sor to one of the best- sell­ing Xbox Live Ar­cade down­load­able games of all time, Tri­als HD.

This fol­low- up de­liv­ers much the same thrills and spills fans have come to en­joy, though with much big­ger and var­ied tracks, en­hanced cus­tomi­sa­tion op­tions, on­line com­pet­i­tive modes, and an in- depth track cre­ator.

Like its pre­de­ces­sor, Tri­als Evo­lu­tion re­quires you to com­plete tracks in a pro­gres­sive or­der to un­lock newer and more dif­fi­cult lev­els and, in do­ing so, also earns you new li­cence classes and bikes.

Cash is also earned along the way which can be spent on var­i­ous ac­ces­sories to cus­tomise the look of the bike and the rider, though, these are mostly su­per­fi­cial and do lit­tle to help your over­all per­for­mance.

A chal­leng­ing new game­play ad­di­tion is the tour­na­ments. These in­volve the same maps as the stan­dard rac­ing, only in this mode your time and crashes carry over from one event to the next.

The new Skill Cir­cus makes for an amus­ing dis­trac­tion. This is full of quirkier chal­lenges, such as com­plet­ing the bike tracks on snow skies or see­ing how far you can fly with wooden planks strapped to your arms.

The big­gest new ad­di­tion is the level ed­i­tor, which es­sen­tially gives you the same cre­ation tools and edit­ing op­tions as the game’s cre­ator, Red­l­ynx.

Lo­cal and on­line rac­ing for up to four play­ers is a wel­come new ad­di­tion, with sev­eral race types. This ex­cit­ing points- based rac­ing isn’t just about cross­ing the fin­ish­ing line first, as you also lose points for crash­ing.

Ad­di­tions aside, the core game­play, which sim­ply chal­lenges you to stay on a bike while com­plet­ing ob­sta­clerid­dled cour­ses, of­fers some of the best fun you can have on two wheels.

With Tri­als Rev­o­lu­tion al­ready break­ing launch- day sales records, it’s shap­ing up as the next Xbox Live top- seller.

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