Trials Fusion Review
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Trials Fusion Box Art
System: PS4, PC, Xbox One*, Xbox 360
Dev: RedLynx
Pub: Ubisoft
Release: April 16, 2014
Players: 1-4
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Mild Language, Mild Violence

Another new addition to the game is the trick system, which allows you to detach your feet from your bike and pull off some crazy stunts mid-air. Unfortunately, tricks are mapped to the right analog stick and this makes executing them rather difficult and unwieldy. Not to mention, the tricks themselves look like a ragdoll physics engine went off the deep end.

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You can also play as an ATV instead of a dirt bike, which is kind of cool, but unfortunately the two don’t feel different enough. The ATV is a bit heavier than the bike and it bounces around a lot less… and that’s about it. I found that I could complete levels with the ATV with the same strategies that I used with the bike with little adjustment.

There are a lot of other small additions too, along with their own flaws. . There are a couple mini-games that make you use your bike’s controls in weird ways, like playing tennis, though these too feel shallow at best. You can make your own tracks just like you could in Trials Evolution, but the track editor comes with little instruction and can get overwhelming very quickly. You can play in local offline races but there is no online mode to speak of.

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The whole game just feels like it’s incomplete. The sci-fi setting is not fully fleshed out. The story is a nice touch by falls flat. The tracks can be innovative but become generic. The mini-games are interesting but shallow. Everything in Trials Fusion is just an inch away from being awesome but, much like a botched motorcycle jump, ends up falling into a pit instead… a pit called mediocrity. Trials Fusion is fun enough, if only because it gives you a chance to return to the Trials gameplay you know and love, but it’s easily the weakest of all three Trials titles. Maybe this will change when Ubisoft updates the game for team and tournament modes, which were not working at time of writing, but for now, the game falls just short of greatness.

By
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Contributing Writer
Date: April 18, 2014

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.0
Graphics
It looks pretty but suffers from slowdown and texture pop-in at times.
4.5
Control
The controls need to be tight to make a game like this work, and they are.
2.4
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Somebody please shut this stupid A.I. up.
3.0
Play Value
It’s fun, but it’s not nearly as fun as other Trials games.
3.1
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Best-In-Class Platform-Racing: Rock-solid motocross physics and reality-bending course designs come together for an over-the-top experience that no other game can provide. The finish line is the ultimate goal, but the challenge is everything before it.
  • Ubiquitous Competition: Whether you're racing alone, or in a worldwide tournament, competition is all around you. With ongoing support for special tournaments and events, team racing, and much more coming ahead, your competition days will never be done.
  • Vibrant User-Generated Content Community: With a user-generated content community that boasts some of the most creative and skilled track creators in the world, Trials Fusion offers new tracks and opens the door to a world of possibilities.
  • Season Pass(Included): Get access to the ever-expanding world of Trials Fusion with the Season Pass. It includes six downloadable content packs, and each of the six DLC packs includes a new Career Mode Event and Tracks and new items for the Track Editor.
  • Each DLC pack in the Season Pass may be sold separately. If you purchase the Season Pass, please do not also purchase the add-on packs, as you will be charged additionally for them.

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