The anticipated sequel to Trials HD busted onto the scene during Arcade Next. RedLynx keeps the game play that people grew attached to in the first Trials game, but has taken the riders out of the boxed warehouse, puts them into the beautiful world outside, and then flips it upside down on their head. The development team at Redlynx has taken their original formula and really expanded upon it with not only adding in beautiful looking tracks, but the ability to customize the bikes and riders.
With keeping the same feel of the previous Trials game in mind, the developers decided to take the game into new environments that make the gamers eyes pop out of their head with the outstanding detail to the 2.5D graphics and the interactions in the background. With the layout design of the event track selection menu, the breakdown of the games events and tracks makes things a lot easier to select from. They also added in tutorial tracks in the form of licenses you have to obtain which will unlock you the next tier in bikes to ride as well as customize once you have passed the license test and the event. Not only do they have more events and tracks to play on, but another part of Trials RedLynx took to another level were there challenge tracks. This time around instead of going down hill in a metal caged ball they have you going through an assortment of challenges like skiing down a dirt hill, or roll in a race which will remind you a lot of Super Monkey Ball.
The controls for this game are spot on and the only way one could really mess up in the game is by not understanding the controls or how to play. Putting in license tutorial levels gives the players a better understanding for the controls when dealing with the obstacles as they progressively get more challenging. This is different than in the original Trials HD where the player would drive by signs that just gave a quick hint bubble that would pop up on telling the rider how you should pass it where now you will have to accomplish what they ask in order to continue.
The one main thing that had caught the eyes of gamers and fans of the original Trials HD was the addition of online multiplayer to the game. Players will be able to challenge each other in a selected list of courses of their choosing from the main games courses or download user created content from other Trials Evolution players. An interesting thing to note is that the creators of the game, RedLynx, actually used the in-game editor to create the default tracks.
The multiplayer can add hours of replayability even though one sad thing is the challenges can not be played online. Thankfully, you can see your friend’s scores on the leaderboards for the challenges. Multiplayer is one feature that makes it worth the 1200 Microsoft points cost. The online is nearly flawless and racing against your friends gives almost an infinite amount of hours of replayability.
The much anticipated sequel to Trials HD brought fans more than they could have ever dreamed. Racing the ghost of your friends, or even your friends themselves, online in this high velocity fuel injected thrill ride on two wheels brings hours upon hours of fun. The rarity of games with the replayability and fun factor of Trials Evolution are few and far apart. This is a must get for racing fans or extreme sports fans, however, even if you’re not into racing or extreme sports checking out the demo on the marketplace is definitely recommended.
- Beautifully designed backgrounds and tracks
- Online multiplayer
- Tutorial tracks that teach the players how to do the tips and tricks properly
- Some tracks seem unbeatable
- Challenges can’t be played online in multiplayer mode
- Still needs more bikes to choose from