Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH - Mike Wil­cox Email mike@ hy­per­ac­tiveg­ames. com


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.

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