Trials Fusion was top of the poll by quite some distance for this week’s WeView. Fusion was the Trials series’ debut on PlayStation consoles, after originally being exclusive to Xbox and PC. It fared well too, scoring 79 on Metacritic.
I’ve only played the free demo of Trials Fusion and I enjoyed it a lot. It reminds me of those frustratingly good free online games where you had to drive supercross bikes over haystacks and tumbleweeds. However, for some reason I can’t justify spending nearly £16 on a game like Trials. I’m hoping it will come to PlayStation Plus soon.
Peter (a big Trials fan) reviewed the game for TSA, scoring it an impressive 9/10. Tricks were a new feature in Trials Fusion with Peter saying they “seem a natural addition to the series and the way they’re implemented is perfect for the game”. It adds “another deep layer of finely balanced control to fit into the panicked moments between jumps”.
Although Trials allows “the player to blast through the early stages”, the hook is returning to those initial levels and “scoring a quick time to get you up that leaderboard or shaving a few tenths of a second off a time to beat your friend”.
Thanks to create mode “you’ll have a practically endless supply of new courses to try out and some of the creativity shown by users previously would hint at a bright future for this section of the game”. One feature that also really stands out for me is the “four player local multiplayer races”.
Trials Fusion continues the tradition of finely balanced frustration and joy that always made previous games in the series so compelling. The online multiplayer situation is a little unclear at launch but this series has always been mostly about the leaderboard struggles and Fusion delivers that in spades. The user-generated content adds plenty of longevity, even beyond the promise of those six DLC packs over the next year and the new trick system – frustrating and difficult to master as it is – is a perfect fit for the game.
Now it’s over to you. What did you think of Trials Fusion, and is create mode still going strong five months after release? Let us know in the comments below. Give the game either a Buy It, Sale It, Plus It or Avoid It rating. Be sure to get your comments in by Sunday evening to be included in next Monday’s verdict article.