I don’t know why I seem to be riding a motorcycle in a war zone. I don’t know why I’ve got my skis on when there’s no snow. I have no idea why there’s scaffolding everywhere but very few buildings seem to be under repair. Do you know what? I don’t care either.
Trials HD is still one of the best downloadable games on a console. The weight-shifting physics and extremely tightly designed courses made it a leader board fetishist’s wet dream. The struggle for top spot among your friends was so compelling – unless you had friends like mine, who were like savants with it. I abandoned all hope of matching up to them early on in my Trials HD experience but I still loved the weight, the balance and the super fast fail-and-restart nature of the game.
Now RedLynx is back with a sequel and early impressions are that it’s just as tightly balanced, finely tuned and joyously frustrating as its predecessor. I’ve played the first few stages and taken some video (below) for you to see for yourself but the long and the short of it is this: Trials Evolution is seemingly the result of a group of lunatic level designers being given free reign and an extremely high budget for explosions.
The gameplay is largely unaltered, although there does seem to be one or two little extras buried in there. What has changed, though, is the scale. Even in these very early levels, it’s clear that everything is going to be cranked up to snapping point.
You’re competitively riding a motorcycle in the midst of what seems to be a perpetual struggle between scaffolding erectors and a trigger happy air force. There’s no rhyme or reason for this insanity, other than the simple fact that it makes for an awesome backdrop for the same tightly balanced gameplay that we saw in the first Trials game. And that’s the most important point to mention about the early stages of Trials Evolution – it really feels just as well crafted as the previous game.
There are occasionally some weird things going on with collision detection. I managed to slide for some distance on my backside before the game realised that I wasn’t really in much control and crashed me out. But that’s part of the charm. It’s not always perfect but the idiosyncrasies make for the most memorable moments. Those death defying flips. The improbable recoveries from impossible angles. It all makes the Trials experience what it is and provides the talking points that you’ll want to tell all your friends about but find it next to impossible to replicate.
Our full review will be along as soon as we’ve had enough time with the game (review codes only went out this morning) but rest assured that Trials is back with a bang.