RRP: $ 59 ( reviewed on PlayStation 4)
TRIALS Fusion, the newest instalment in the hugely successful Trials series from developer Red Lynx, is proof that the franchise has come on in leaps and bounds since its web browser- based origins in 2000.
Fusion follows the success story of Trials Evolution, which enjoyed critical acclaim, not to mention being the highest selling day one release on the Xbox Live Arcade when it launched in 2012.
With its debut on PlayStation 4, as well as its old friend the Xbox, Trials Fusion has been given a major visual overhaul thanks in part to the extra capabilities of the latest games consoles. The backgrounds are crisp and detailed, and the animations and special effects are extremely polished.
First- time riders can come to grips with their bike in the training mode, where new moves and tricks are gradually introduced just before they’re required.
Fusion’s addictive gameplay strikes from the very first track, which will have you screaming in both frustration and joy as you attempt over and over to get your fastest track time or pull off all the required tricks to earn every medal.
The controls feel tighter and more responsive this time around and thanks to a special wind tunnel area, you can practise the more complex aerial stunts safely in mid- air without finishing up in one of the often hilarious crashes that happen all too frequently on the track.
The game isn’t all about competing, though. You can spend hours in the track editor mode, opening up a world of creation and online sharing.
Short tracks built for pure speed and fun are quick and easy enough to create, or with a bit of time and effort you could construct a masterpiece that only the most dedicated riders will ever manage to complete successfully.
Unlike its predecessor’s fun fourplayer online mode, unfortunately Fusion ships with no multiplayer mode. Red Lynx has stated they are working on a more robust online mode which will be available as a free update to all owners in the coming months.
Until then, there is still plenty to like about this worthy, albeit frustrating at times, addition to the Trials series.