Reviews for Trials Evolution Gold Edition (NA)
for people who don't know they are playing platformersgwynplaine | Oct. 25, 2013 | See all gwynplaine's reviews »
I suggest trying the demo first because there are frequent crashing, stuttering and performance issues on a wide range of computers. Technical issues and poor porting knock off several points - otherwise it would be an easy 90+ game for me.
If you're blessed enough to play it perfectly, the core game itself is astounding. It's a platformer at heart but infused with a lot of racing. The controls are bare simple (back, forward, accelerate, brake) but the physics engine and fine tuning is so robust enough such that you can do advanced moves like wall grabs, flips and precise wheel landing to take advantage of maintaining momentum.
I'm still in the top 5000 in the leaderboards out of 2.5 million on the console version of Trials Evolution, and did very well on the extreme tracks but it doesn't mean much. The game is very competitive and always challenges you to better your time. The game is robust enough so that the top 10 or so players in the leaderboards are literally worlds better than the top 50, and the top 50 better than the 100, and so forth. The players at the top of this game are amazing and robot-like in their precision, and it's possible because the game engine is that good even with such basic controls.
Surprisingly addictingSimao20 | Oct. 10, 2013 | See all Simao20's reviews »
The game takes a bit getting used to, the body of your character is sensitive to movements but it feels like some sort of spiritual successor to excitebike in ways from the old NES days. Plenty of levels to choose from with a gold, silver and bronze level of passing with each being that much more difficult to acquire. Some of the harder levels require you to pass a certain time limit without falling . There are mini games as well, like how long you can drive your bike in a wheelie or how long you can stay on fire. Theres also online leader boards to keep the competitive spirit alive, it has a lot of longevity and plenty of game modes to keep you busy for a long time
Demanding, tough, rewardingmichalmichal | Aug. 30, 2013 | See all michalmichal's reviews »
Trials Evolution is a motorcycle game, but not a racer for sure. It's just the opposite - it forces you to slow down, often use a brake in order to overcome difficulties and challenges which stand between you and finishing the course. And the game doesn't make it any easier - it's difficult and unforgiving, but I think that's what earned it its faithful group of fans. If you are up for a challenge, you will get it. And if you prefer some more casual riding, search elsewhere. The game is so emotionally tense, that you will feel drained after a couple of hours of playing. But if you succeed, the satisfaction is much better than after completing a casual race.