Game Review: Trials Evolution
Release: April 18th, 2012
Genre: Platform, Racing
Available Platforms: XBLA
ESRB Rating: E10+
For a long time, I have been a Trials fan. Back when the game wasn’t on consoles and was a browser game, it had some great addictive potential but lacked the charm and variety that would truly make it a huge hit. That changed when Trials HD launched on Xbox Live Arcade in 2009 and was met with outstanding reviews. It was one of the best XBLA games to release on the console and was downloaded millions of times and loved by gamers worldwide, the wide variety of tracks and fun challenging gameplay kept you coming back just to get over the next obstacle or beat your friends new score.
When I sat down to play Trials Evolution, from what information I had previously seen about the game, I was expecting more tracks to be based outside, more obstacles for me to throw myself over and the addition of a multiplayer component. What I found was something better, Trials Evolution is one of the most comprehensive, addictive and fun games to hit XBLA since the service first launched. If you are looking for a game to keep your attention, to keep you hooked to your controller and to keep you coming back again and again, load up your console and hit the download button right now.
Trials Evolution is the follow-up to Trials HD. Developers RedLynx have done an outstanding job of maintaining the best qualities of Trials HD while adding extra games modes, in-level physics and track environments. Every so often you’ll finish a track and think “Wow, did that really just happen?”.
If you haven’t seen either of the Trials games that have made their way to Xbox Live Arcade, you are in control of a biker and have to make your way to the end of a course, each of the courses you make your way through have a different theme and aesthetic. As you progress further through the game you will unlock more challenging levels, ultimately leading you up to some extremely delicate and nail-biting sections as you face the extreme tracks that have been menacingly conjured up by the team at RedLynx. Before you even plan to make progress through the game you’ll need to wrap your head around the bike physics of the game. Jumping off the ramp and landing at the right angle are make or break in this game. Thankfully the checkpoint system is very forgiving and most tracks have a checkpoint between each obstacle.
While resetting to the last checkpoint you passed and attempting to make the jump again can seem like the best solution, another great element in Trials Evolution is the competitive nature. After every track you complete you will be presented with the scores that your friends have got. I pride myself of coming the top of all track leaderboards and sometimes spend hours on the same track just to shave a couple of seconds off my final time. This competitive nature increases tenfold with the addition of Online Multiplayer in Trials Evolution, four players can now pit themselves against each other on specially designed four player courses, or you can have a ghost races against each other on some of the Single Player tracks to see who really is the best racer. The rank system implemented into the game doesn’t really matter too much as you can unlock cash from doing absolutely anything in the game, whether it be finishing a race or completing a tournament. Once I had completed all the offline tracks, I found myself with over $100,000 and at that point I could already afford the most expensive items available to customize your racer and your bike.
Another addition that players of Trials HD have been waiting for is the online track sharing and creating feature. While the original game featured a track creator, it was very limited and once you had created a track you would only be able to share it with people on your friends list and not the entire Trials community. Some of the maps I have encountered while looking for tracks to download from the community are incredibly well designed, including a 2D shooter and even a remake of Angry Birds, aptly named Angry Bikes.
If I could say one thing about the game it would be sit back and enjoy the ride. If you have Trials HD and are wondering if this game really improves enough on the original formula to warrant a download, trust me, download this game now. If you are new to the Trials games, Trials Evolution is a great place to start.
- Addictive gameplay
- Wide variety of levels
- Great difficulty progression in Single Player catering for new players and old
- Track Editor that gives you endless possibilities
Final Score: 10 out of 10