April 21, 2014

Trials Fusion

Lasting First Impressions

Frustration should be the name of this game.  Soul crushing, agonizing, and yet, oddly satisfying frustration.  RedLynx returns with the third game in the Trials series, Trials Fusion.  Published by Ubisoft, Trials Fusion brings all the familiar dirt bike thrills of the previous games while fusing some new mechanics to the game and even a new vehicle type.

The first thing that truly caught my attention when I first started Trials Fusion was the incredibly addicting and stuck-in-your-head theme song, “Welcome to the Future”.  The song itself sets the stage for what we can expect from the Trials worlds we are about to explore.  Worlds where tracks move and twist and reconfigure themselves as players race along them.  Trials Fusion is more of what we loved from the previous games, but with so much more.  Welcome to the Future.

Trials Fusion Screen 1

While pulling of tricks as your bike is in the air is something that has previously been in the series, Trials Fusion has stages in which this becomes the core focus.  By moving the right stick in different directions, the objective here is to pull off as many tricks as possible.  Without crashing, of course.  In the end, however, these stages never truly live up to the excitement of the main game and I just found myself wanting to get back to play more of the core game.

The core game is played through a Career mode consisting of 8 worlds, with 7 or 8 tracks in each. The concept is simple: drive a dirt bike from one end of a track to the other while keeping your balance through a course of jumps, drops, loops, and other many hazards, without crashing.  The faster you do it, the better your score and your awarded medal.

Designed to gradually introduce the player to more difficult moves, each world begins with a tutorial stage and some fairly easy and straight forward tracks. The further you go, however, the harder the tracks become until they get to the absolute frustration stages.  These are the stages that will, inevitably cause some unwanted controller destruction and much cursing.  If you, like me, find it difficult to pull of the more advanced moves, you will never finish Trials Fusion.  But that’s okay.  Most of the fun of Trials Fusion, like the previous games in the series, is competing with your online friends for the top spot on the leaderboards.  While I would never even dream of becoming the top player in the world, I will, however, push myself to beat out my friends.  As players race through each level, a ghost image of the friend with the next time to beat will be shown on screen, giving you a guide to beat.

Trials Fusion Screen 2

Overall, Trials Fusion is more of the same thing we loved from the previous games.  The track designer returns as does the community files that can be downloaded, played and rated.  As the third game in a serious, usually we would be looking for more innovation, but with games like Trials Fusion, it’s not new innovation that we really need. It’s just more of what we love and that’s what RedLynx has delivered.  And that makes me happy.  Until I can’t beat that one track.  Then I’m frustrated, soul crushed, agonizing, and yet, oddly satisfied.

RedLynx, I gave you an hour and I am IMPRESSED.

About the Author

Sean is an avid gamer and lover of all thing tech. He is a dedicated husband and the father to three beautiful daughters. In addition to taking his love of gaming to a new level with this site, Sean is also host of our podcasts: The OMG! Hour, Lost Treasures of Gaming, and Primetime as well as the bi-weekly podcast mashup show, Gamers Unscripted. Follow Sean on Twitter as @Xiantayne and this blog as @OMGnexus.



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