Release Date: 2014
Players: Single & Multiplayer
Genre: Platform, Racing
Console: PC, XBox 360, Xbox One & PS4
The great thing about Trials Fusion is that right from the word Go, it tells you exactly what kind of experience you are in for. When you look at the ridiculous tracks, flying, writhing bodies of your rider on the track, and the overall craziness that is happening around you (squirrel rushes, for example) you immediately prepare yourself for some wacky fun. Trials Fusion embraces the spirit of the previous games in the series completely, and delivers a hilarious and challenging adventure that will have you laughing and swearing, often at the same time.
The Game Play:
The basic elements of the game remain the same. You have to make it across the track and all its crazy, twisty bends and turns while trying to remain upright on your motorcycle. In your way stand obstacles, massive jumps and ramps, and other course elements that will have you performing death defying stunts. Even though the physics aren’t realistic, they have an internal consistency that you will get used too once you’ve played a few races. You need to learn when it’s OK to push the throttle, and when you should brake carefully and often to avoid faceplanting.
It’s not the easiest game to master, either. However, you need not be intimidated by the difficulty curve. Before the game throws you to the wolves, in a manner of speaking, it will initiate you into the sport of high-flying motorcycle racing via a series of tutorials, each of which focuses on different aspects of the game you need to familiarize yourself with. In addition, the tracks themselves have a difficulty level attached to them. So in the beginning, if you don’t want to embarrass yourself, stick with the Beginner tracks. Once you’ve had a feel for them, you can move on to the more advanced courses. Be warned, each of these tracks are absolutely outrageous, in a good way. Obstacles and ramps materialize out of thin air as you hurtle full speed towards them and performing 360-degree flips in a swamp never gets old.
The Leveling System:
The variety of the locales is solid – you will race through frozen wastelands, nuclear sites, space stations and even deserts. Speed is of the absolute essence. How can you optimize your maneuvers around the track to ensure that you go that extra second or millisecond faster? These are the kinds of questions you will have to grapple with as you journey through Trials Fusion. You can pit your times against your friends to see which one of you is the better rider. If your friends aren’t offering enough of a challenge, you can go online and match your prowess against the other players in the world. There is a multiplayer mode that allows you to play with up to 3 other players, and this is a lot of fun. But once you’ve attained a certain skill level, you will want to head online to find better competition.
Once you enter the more advanced levels, you will have to time your movements more precisely. Even a single moment of indecision could cost you several seconds and send you crashing several storeys to the floor. You will have to be an absolute ninja to finish any of these courses without crashing, so your main focus will have to be on crashing less than your opponents. When you revisit the easier tracks after spending some time on the harder ones, you will find that your skills have improved significantly, and you will often beat your best times on the easier tracks comfortably.
You can unlock different motorcycles and outfits as you progress through the game, but the main appeal of Trials Fusion lies in acquiring the skills that will allow you to navigate the tougher tracks. Revisiting, and finishing a particularly tough track after you’ve determinedly slogged through some of the others to acquire the mastery level required to finish it is tremendously satisfying. Trials Fusion is not an easy game, but it is a highly rewarding one. In addition, your movements around the track aren’t restricted to staying on your motorcycle through tough terrain. You can perform tricks in the air for some extra style points, if nothing else.
What I liked:
Trials Fusion also gives you ways to spice up the action even if you are having trouble with a particular track. There are three separate challenges that you can undertake on each track. Some of these require you to get through a course without taking your foot off the acceleration, while others require you to find hidden objects that are scattered around the map. And some of them are completely crazy, like playing tennis with a penguin or trying to ride while the screen is flipped upside down.
Like the previous games in the series, Trials Fusion has an incredibly powerful track creation tool. Unfortunately, it isn’t the most intuitive or user friendly tool to use, and beginners might find themselves fumbling around aimlessly while they try to figure out how things work. If you are interested in creating tracks, you might need to head online and search for tutorials uploaded by other users who have been creating tracks for the game.
Trials Fusion is a complex, outlandish and thoroughly entertaining experience. The graphics look better than ever on the PS4, and flying through the air, performing flips on crazy maps looks and feels amazing. Even though this is a difficult game, the aura of fun that the series embodies is present throughout the game. The courses are fantastically designed, the animations are fluid and the rewards for spending time mastering the game are plenty. This game is a must-play.
Trials Fusion Review Game Score: 7.5 out of 10