With the passing of the old year and the dawning of the new comes renewed hopes and expectations for the year ahead. Lord Alfred Tennyson, Queen Victoria’s Poet Laureate, once wrote: Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier.’ Ah, but who cares about all that, a new year means new games!
2018 was a little disappointing for Xbox fans, so we’re hoping that 2019 proves to be a lot better. Over the next couple of weeks, we’re going to be highlighting a different game each day, giving you all the relevant details and salient talking points for big games of the year. With so many upcoming titles we’ve decided to do this in order of release date. Today, we’re talking about the next game from RedLynx and Ubisoft, Trials Rising.
Title: Trials Rising
Publisher: RedLynx, Ubisoft Kiev
Release Date: 26th February
What is it?
The latest entry in the Trials franchise, Trials Rising moves the action to sample some real-world locations. While the courses (presumably) won’t be direct copies of real-life venues, they will include places like the Eiffel Tower, Mount Everest, Yellowstone Park, and the Great Wall of China. No doubt, these tracks will once again range from the fairly straightforward to the downright devious. There’s also a new multiplayer mode called ‘Tandem Bike’ where one player controls the power and the other is in charge of the balance.
What could go right?
The Trials franchise has been one of the most consistent around. Each entry has been great. We have no reason to expect that Trials Rising won’t continue this trend. The new courses look a lot of fun and the real-world locations add some nice visual elements. The new multiplayer mode, Tandem Bike, sounds like a lot of fun and the crazy kind of idea that fits perfectly into the franchise. Trials Rising doesn’t look a whole lot different to Trials Fusion. That game was so good, though, that all we really need is more of the same.
What could go wrong?
While it has been 5 years since Trials Fusion, it’s not like everyone was crying out for a new title in the franchise. Thanks to the track creation options and the ability to share them with the world, Trials Fusion managed to keep its fanbase happily occupied. Do we really need Trials Rising or is it just a necessity for Ubisoft shareholders? We have no doubt that the game will be fun. We’re just unsure as to how much more this is going to add to the franchise. One of the core things about Trials has always been that it has been silly with a hint of realism in the physics. Here’s hoping that the decision to include real-world locations and more of a career trajectory won’t take away any of that silliness.
That’s what we think about Trials Rising. Are you a fan of the franchise? Are you looking forward to more motorbike mayhem? Be sure to leave a comment below and look out for more coverage throughout the month regarding the games that will launch on Xbox One during 2019.
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