|System: Xbox One*, PS4, PC, Xbox 360|
|Release: April 16, 2014|
|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.
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.
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.
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Date: April 18, 2014