What we liked most about 'Trials Fusion' was its no holds barred approach to simple, arcade racing. We don't always have to get things done in a perfect way. We don't want racers that push us to play in a conservative faction.
'Trials Fusion' on the PlayStation 4 is a racing game developed by RedLynx in association with Ubisoft. This entry is a follow up to the wildly successful 'Trials Evolution'. Developed primarily for the next generation of consoles, including the PlayStation 4, the team at RedLynx tried to push their moto racer into some new territory by changing the gameplay, making the stunts more insane, and developing the multiplayer in a more entertaining fashion. We picked up our controllers to see if this once small time series could successfully make the jump to the next generation. While we found some jarring problems, the game as a whole exceeded our initial thoughts. Strap on your helmet and ride on in to see why 'Trials Fusion' is a worth successor to the revered 'Evolution' of yesteryear.
Speed, jumps, and so much action...
There will always be a place in our hearts for games that push the arcade aspect of racing onto us. We love the realistic simulators. 'Forza' is our jam, as far as four wheeled vehicle based racing goes. But sometimes we want to strap into an extreme sport and fell, well, pretty extreme. That, in a nutshell, is what the team at RedLynx tried to do with their latest game. 'Trials Fusion' is an attempt to put motobike racing into a different stratosphere of awesome. No longer content to be the 'X Games' version of racing games, 'Fusion' wants to be considered the future of arcade racers.
In this two wheeled racers you will strap into your futuristic bike in a world of over the top science fiction. With robotic voice overs, unrealistically huge jumps, and barely restrained physics just about anything is possible. The team at RedLynx decided to trade in all of the semi realistic aspects of their prior title in exchange for a blatantly over the top science fiction thrill ride. Now instead of mountains and canyons you will be cruising through maps that seem ripped straight out of 'Star Wars' movies. The crazy new design adds a whole new air to how outrageous the title is and we couldn't be happier.
The fundamental gameplay of 'Fusion' is almost an exact replicate of last years entry. Racing comes down to picking out your bike, on the way to unlocking quite a few, and running through different over the top and tricky race courses. Along the way you can compete in timed trials, go online, and even try out the crazy new FMX trick mode. You'll be pulling stunts like the 'superman' and 'kiss of death' in no time in order to pull in as many experience points as possible. Though don't fear that the game wants you to think TOO much because, in fact, you pretty much only need to worry about stomping down on the gas button with the occasional had break to prevent an accident that, in real life, would cause sure death.
'Fusions' pushes forward gamely with the same physics based racer that it has always been and for the most part we really dig that fact. A ton of games try to evolve into something that they aren't as they age for fear of audience fatigue. We are pretty ecstatic that the developers just stuck to superficial editing to make the experience new, rather than changing some of the core mechanics that we love so much. So in this game you'll still be relying on speed, momentum, and timed braking in order to prevent yourself from totally wrecking out.
All of this isn't to say that there is no big change in the game. There has been an addition that we found both interesting and exciting. There are now new platformer type levels that are filled with spaceships and other futuristic additions. Rather than dealing with hills and ramps you will now have to race through levitating platforms that shift and move as you race across them. These segments ramp up the difficulty and add a whole new level of danger to the experience. In short, they keep the game interesting.
Career mode is still fleshed out and an appropriately extended good time for racers. You'll push through different courses that range from easy 45 second joy rides all the way to courses that force you to slow down and plot your strategy. Throughout the experience you will be aided by Cindy, a female robotic voice over, that will help by giving you directions on what to do as well as advice when you continually fail. And you will continually fail. And Cindy will quickly grow irritating.
Throughout career mode you will run across a ton of different courses and these differences help in order to keep you tuned in. You'll race through dystopian science fiction levels all the way to natural rainforests and the gritty urban decay of the big cities. There are five different levels with an assorted 8 challenges each. These skill based races will push you as you try to climb the ranks up tot he gold medal. You'll have to hone your technique, reduce your mistakes, and push yourself in different ways in order to win the big medals.
Gameplay, as we've mentioned, is simple but sneakily difficult. You'll have to deal with all sorts of different gravity shifting nuances. Getting your bike unbalanced by a bad incline or a loop-the-loop will send you careening off course and into some major trouble as precious seconds tick away. Make up for this lost time by nailing some gorgeous tricks in order to score brownie points with the XP giving computer. At the end of the day keep your bike moving forward and you'll be alright.
What we liked most about 'Trials Fusion' was its no holds barred approach to simple, arcade racing. We don't always have to get things done in a perfect way. We don't want racers that push us to play in a conservative faction. Sometimes it is way more fun to strap on the helmet, kick the gas, and close your eyes.