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Trials Fusion** is the latest in the Trials series from developer Redlynx. The core gameplay mechanics are intact: you simply drive to the finish line on a motorbike or an ATV. Of course, I am leaving out all of the elements that make Trials games fun. You have to tackle steep inclines, jumps, ramps and a wide assortment of often-times seemingly impossible to navigate terrain. As you progress you will trigger checkpoints which allow you to restart from that point. Restarting portions of the levels is integral to the Trials Fusion experience.
Ride, Garage and Create are the main modes in Trials Fusion. Ride is pretty self-explanatory. This is where you access the career, track central and multiplayer (couch only). Career let’s you progress through the various environments with several tracks in each. Earning medals and money open up more levels and augment the garage mode’s rider and vehicle customization options. Track Central is where you can download, try and adjudicate community made tracks. They can vary in quality however they are very well organized so finding the good stuff is fairly easy.
Trials Fusion plays a lot like previous entries in the series. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It does bring the FMX moves to the table, so for the first time you can perform a wide variety of tricks. I had a difficult time performing many of the moves consistently but ultimately it added some fun to the racing. Trials Fusion does not reinvent the wheel but it is a worthy follow-up to a great series.
Recommendation: Worth a buy*
Full Disclosure: This game was provided to GameEnthus by a PR firm on behalf of the developer.
Genre: Platform Racing, competitive racing
Platforms: Xbox One**, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Price: $19.99 for digital/$40 for disc version which includes $20 season pass
Worth a buy – paying full price for fans of the series or genre makes sense – often includes a caveat
Worth a buy on sale – not quite full price worthy but close
Rent – rent before buying
No – borrow it if you must play it
Please no – Don’t waste any time and/or money on it