Get addicted to punishment once again in everyone’s favorite motorbike competition
PUBLISHER Ubisoft Developer RedLynx/Ubisoft Kiev Format Xbox One ETA February 2019
You’ve been down this track plenty of times before, failing over and over again in the most ridiculous ways imaginable, until after the 467th attempt and a little cry you finally reach the next checkpoint. You’re relieved, your palms are sweaty, and you’re psyching yourself up for the next stretch. It’s punishing, but the sense of reward you get when you cross that finish line is like no other, so you keep coming back for more.
Trials is back in what Ubisoft describes as its most ambitious Trials game yet, and it’s as soul-crushingly hard as ever. It’s the usual set-up: Grab a motorbike and make your way to the end of a track while crossing an increasingly elaborate obstacle course intent on getting you to become best friends with the dirt in both horrific and hilarious ways. You’ll get to compete in iconic locations around the world like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Great Pyramids of Egypt, Mount Everest, and more. Online multiplayer, local co-op, and the track editor all make a return, along with some shiny new additions. Players who are particularly proud of their gear will now be able to customize their bikes or outfits, and share them with players online. You’ll also get the chance to take on contracts from ingame sponsors that offer players new challenges, and handsomely rewards those that complete them.
Not only that, but an interesting new local multiplayer feature is the tandem bike mode, which allows you to team up with another person and help (or hinder) each other to finish a course. This can be especially useful if you play with more experienced players. But you’ll still need to work as a team to get the bike going. Both players share the acceleration, so in order for you to go at full speed you’ll both need to hit the throttle. It’s possible for one player to bail out of the tandem and allow the other player to continue without the other. We can already imagine the endless amounts of fun and frustration this will cause.
They’ve added other smaller elements, too. Like visual indicators as to what you’re doing with the bike. If you’re accelerating too much the rear wheel will start to glow. The same goes for braking: Brake too hard and the disc brakes will begin to glow. This helps you make informed decisions and refine your skills. They also have crowds to watch you as you complete the course to add to spectacle, and make it feel like a real competition. This improves the atmosphere of the levels and makes them feel more alive.
We had an absolute blast coming back to Trials, and once these blisters on our hands have gone we’ll be ready for more.
“If you’re accelerating too much the rear wheel will start to glow”
Below It may be the best looking Trials game yet, but don’t get distracted!