April 22, 2014
For the fifth game in the “Trials” series, RedLynx in collaboration with Ubisoft Shanghai and Ubisoft Ukraine have created the new platform racing game “Trials Fusion.” For the first time in the series, the game will be released for PlayStation, and, as always, it also will be found for the Xbox systems and Microsoft Windows.
Like previous “Trials” titles, “Trials Fusion” allows the player to control a rider on a physics-based motorcycle while navigating through obstacles during timed levels. The game is a side-scroller on a two-dimensional plane but uses three-dimensional graphics. Players control the rider by shifting their weight forward and backward while also performing motocross stunts in the air.
Previous games in the series were quite successful, and players can expect much of the same, but with added bonuses that create an enhanced experience. As always, the difficulty of each level increases with each completion, sometimes offering new optional challenges to tackle. The visuals, as before, are stunning, and the trial-and-error gameplay makes “Trials Fusion” fun and easy to learn. The new trick system takes some time to get used to, but it’s fresh and a good move forward for the series. The multiplayer option is a welcome addition, where players can race ghost players that symbolize their friends; however, it’s currently only available offline.
This game is great, but it falls short because it’s not all there yet. As I mentioned, the full multiplayer experience does not yet exist, which is a letdown. Also, players cannot yet create their own user-made levels, but that option is expected to become available in the future, along with additional downloadable content. Players also may find themselves hindered by the new tricks system, which can make for some weird animation at times.
Overall, “Trials Fusion” is a fun game, and it will only get better as new content is released. This game is a great time killer when you need a little entertainment, and with a price of only $19.99 for a digital download and $39.99 for a physical copy, it’s not too hard on the wallet.