Trials Fusion is a stunt biker game which rather reminds me of Stuntman Ignition, a fabulously engaging title from 2007 where you had to get from A to B, completing a stack of stunts while the world – or, rather, the set – collapsed around you.
Here, the environments look set to fall apart – in a good way! – as, for example, Waterworks in the first set of levels takes place near a dam, just as it’s about to burst and flood the place.
Hence, thankfully, Trials Fusion features glorious and stunning visuals in 1080p, the like of which have to be seen to be believed, and while I normally go for console gaming – I have a PS3 and Xbox 360 – this one is only out on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, so I can see that a previous gen release would’ve been limited to 720p at best, and since I’m playing on a 50″ Panasonic plasma TV, you need the images to be at their best, so I ramped up all the settings to maximum.
Sure, the flowing water isn’t exactly like the lakes in The Last Of Us, but it’s a smaller scope of a game and is being played more for fun than realism. And note that the water in this game is a background feature, with the primary focus graphics being pin-sharp.
Note that all three formats linked above, on Amazon, include six DLC packs, which is a year’s worth of additional content.
Other random observations:
- I’m a huge fan of ragdoll physics, something this game delivers in spades, which means that – in this case when you fall off your bike – your character flops about like a limp rag doll. The same thing also happens in Hitman games, for example, when you pick up a dead baddie and throw his body about, in an attempt to hide it.
- You can collect 9 medals in each of the 8 sets of tracks and then progress to the next set. The number of tracks per set varies, but it’s usually between 6-8.
- Unlock new bikes, outfits, etc along the way, even making the outfits as customisable as you want, including the option to wear a clown’s head!
- Initial training levels can be a bit slow to go through, as it tells you what to do at each part within them, then it feels like an age before it actually lets you have a go at it.
- There are 3 challenges per level but I can’t do them all, and I only really started getting into them late in the second set of levels, so I’ve got a lot to go back and try. One of these is “Unnatural Disaster Challenge” where I figure you’re meant to ride to the end of the level in order to set it off, but as you’ll see from the video, I fell off some time before that…
- To date, I’ve only completed the full set of levels for the first two worlds, so I’ve only just scratched the surface, particularly given that, like with Little Big Planet, there’s a zillion user-defined levels available online, but I can see how much fun the game is.
Quite frankly, you’ll know from the gameplay footage whether or not this is your type of game, so get watching! 🙂
- Publisher: Ubisoft
- Players: 1
- HDTV options: 720p/1080i/1080p
- Dolby Digital 5.1 sound: No
- Subtitles in English
Director: Antti Ilvessuo
Producer: Kim Lahti
Music: Petri Alanko
SynDI: Jo Wyatt
Rider: Joseph May
George: Eric Meyers
Female Rider: Kosha Engler
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