By Matthew Nemeth
Trials is a platform racing video game series developed by RedLynx, loosely based on the real-life sport of motorcycle trials. It involves a motorcycle rider in a 2.5D world, traversing obstacles whilst heavily influenced by physics. It was published by Ubisoft.
I have been a fan of the Trials video game series since Trials HD on Xbox Live Arcade for the Xbox 360 and have been in love with the video game series ever since, So for Ubisoft to announce a brand new Trials game at this year’s E3 2016 I was very excited, Especially when they gave the classic right now speech.
However, I have been unfortunately been left very disappointed by Trials Of The Blood Dragon, A game that has tried to mix Trials with Far Cry. There is too much shooting and platforming here that simply doesn’t feel right with this game, However when the game attempts to do the shooting and riding this is what works nicely.
Another thing that does not work is the attempt at a story here with the attempt to create brother and sister characters, In Trials Fusion the previous game you had a simple AI that spoke to you now and again this gave a sense of something a little more without throwing on a full story with too many cut-scenes and without breaking the speed of the game. Trials Of The Blood Dragon is trying to do too many new things in one go and it just simply does not work and does not feel like a trials game.
However the biking parts in this game do work nicely and you can feel the good old Trials here it’s just ruined by mediocre shooting game-play and a lacklustre and boring story that tries to do too much, And graphics I simply did not care for although Trials Fusion does look better than Trials Of The Blood Dragon. Another problem here is the length of this game coming in around 5 hours long with again, most of it being annoying shooter and platform levels and an odd and awful Jetpack level which just annoyed me and I was glad when that was over.
Also missing from this game is the classic Beginner, Easy, Medium, Hard and Extreme levels replaced by simply 1, 2, 3 and so on which took away that feeling of accomplishing each level simply for a more story driven game.
Fan of the Trials series and wondering if you should play this ? No go and play Trials Fusion and then go and enjoy the DLC.
Pros: Riding is still here – Riding still feels like the good old Trials
Cons: Poor shooting – Poor platforming – Bad story – Missing Classic difficulty based levels