RiMS Racing is out now, and you could call this more a First Impressions than a Review, because the game involves the intricate methods of maintaining your motorbike and getting into every last aspect of how they function, while I haven’t a clue how my car works. If it goes forward, fine. If not, I call the RAC 🙂
Whatever your level of expertise, the game will take you through a basic training session whilst riding round a race track, stopping you to advise as you go, before moving on to giving you the lowdown on servicing your bike, but when it comes to removing old parts, selling those parts to scoop some extra cast, and installing replacement ones, it involves an odd bit of button-mashing or holding down certain controls and buttons, as depicted onscreen. So, rather like QTEs (Quick Time Events)
Note that the AI bikers often play dirty, trying to push each other over from time to time, especially during the opening few turns of each race. The fourth video I’ve uploaded (going live on Sunday August 22nd at 10am) shows one particularly dirty mother who pushed me out of the way, sending me sprawling along the track, whilst he raced on! GAH! It’s then full of bangs and crashes, as I loved those rag-doll physics.
Better men and women than me will be far better at RiMS Racing than I am, since I come off my bike way too often, treating it like a straight arcade game, but hey, I still found it entertaining. You can play single races or go through the career path, so it’s fairly straight-forward stuff in how this sort of game operates.
As you’ll see from the visuals, it’s stunning, although the audio is exactly what you’d expect for raspy bike sounds. In addition, you’ll hear certain sounds through your controller, like the scraping of grass as you ride over it (when you really shouldn’t be, because you’re meant to be – y’know – on the race track!)
Rather like MXGP 2020, if you’re able to play this game properly – unlike me – and want to get around 10 perfectly-recreated circuits such as Silverstone, Laguna Seca, Suzuka, Nurburgring and Paul Ricard, then make sure you get RiMming today!
- Developer: Raceward Studio
- Publisher: Nacon
- Players: single-player
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