XBLA Review: Trials Evolution
Trials Evolution was just released on April 18th to kick off Xbox Lives Arcade NEXT promotion. And, let me tell you, it starts things off with a bang (many times, literally!). From gameplay improvements to updated graphics, Trials Evolution definitely lives up to its name by improving upon 2009’s Trials HD’s formula.
The first thing that you will notice upon starting up this gem is the enhanced graphics. This game looks beautiful; this, by the way, is something that I am seeing in downloadable games more and more. The game now has you navigating different obstacles in outside environments and it is a refreshing change of pace from the dark warehouses of the original title. You will visit places like a rollercoaster track and a lumber yard and they all look gorgeous.
So, a lead foot will do you no good in this game. At the same time though, slow and steady doesn’t always win the race either. Learning the distinction of when to gas and when to brake is a skill that you will need to master early on if you want to be successful. The other main mechanic of the game is leaning. You will use leaning, either forward or back, to navigate through the obstacles in each level. For instance, one thing you will be using leaning for often is to climb steep hills. When you come upon a steep hill you must lean forward so that your bike does not tip backwards and cause you to wreck. These simple mechanics make for a very challenging, but rewarding game.
Also new to the series is multiplayer. There are three multiplayer modes that can be played either locally or via Xbox LIVE. The first that you will experience is Supercross. This, as I’m sure you’ve gleaned, is just a standard race to the finish line. Now, this is not to say that it does not come with its array of challenges. While trying to beat the other racers to the finish line you will still need to navigate a rough terrain of hills and jumps.
The second mode, Trials, is a version of the single player game where you try to complete the track with all the obstacles present before the other players. Instead of having all four players visible, you will only see your rider and there will instead be a name indicating where the other players are on the course. The last game mode is Hardcore Trials, and like the name suggests, it is just a clone of the previous type with more difficult courses.