Trials Evolution Review
The Good:Compelling and addictive gameplay
The Bad:Will frustrate some
GRAPHICS Trials Evolution is not leaps and bounds above its predecessor Trials HD, but but certainly finds itself an improvement. What Evolution does freshly bring to the table in terms of graphics, is in its new environments. The majority of Trials HD is set in a warehouse like setting, but Evolution has plenty of new [...]
Trials Evolution is not leaps and bounds above its predecessor Trials HD, but but certainly finds itself an improvement. What Evolution does freshly bring to the table in terms of graphics, is in its new environments. The majority of Trials HD is set in a warehouse like setting, but Evolution has plenty of new locations, all looking lush.
There’s not a great deal to say in terms of Sound & Music for Trials Evolution. That’s not a bad thing or a dig at the game, it’s just that it doesn’t need to ask much in this area. Though it’s fair to say that it does have quite a fitting soundtrack, with its mix up of Rock and Rap, it does enough just from the main menu to get you all pumped for some tasty trials and during in game, there’s something quite therapeutic about hearing a rev of an engine and something very satisfying when you witness a totally over the top crash backed up by equally insane explosions. Trials Evolution hasn’t gone out to win any awards for its sound FX or soundtrack, simply because it doesn’t need to, as it’s simply all about the gameplay.
This is what Trials Evolution is all about, the gameplay. Trials HD was incredibly addictive, and no matter how many times you failed, you could not help retrying over and over again; Trials Evolution has the same effect, but this time it’s even more addictive. The stages are a lot more varied, from the usual warehouse location, to the hills, sky, mountains and even a level that is reminiscent of the infamous World War II Normandy Beach landing. Not only this, but you also have completely new gameplay features, similar to Marble Madness, Skiing and flying bring so much more to Trials Evolution compared to its predecessor. All in all you have 60 solo tracks; a more advanced level creator then before, 10 all new skill games as well as local and online multiplayer.
Strangely enough, despite constantly wanting to better you own high scores, the most addictive feature of Trials Evolution (other than the awesome gameplay mechanic of course) is the urge to beat your Xbox Live friends ghosts. Anyone who owns Trials Evolution on your friends list will have their ghost automatically uploaded to your game and you will see how well they are doing during your game. This is what makes the game so personal, as no longer are you concerned in bettering your own scores, but you MUST beat your friend’s time, no matter how difficult or frustrating it will get. This is the power of Trials Evolution, there is so much that will keep you coming back for more.
As I’ve mentioned before, Trials Evolution has 60 solo tracks and so much more, but there urge to constantly compete and beat from friends times is so addictive and fun, add this to the creation features, the mad skill games, compelling multiplayer features and you have one extremely fun package that will keep you coming back for more and more.
Like all Xbox Live Arcade games, you always have the option of playing the trial (no pun intended) and if you fall for Trial Evolutions fun and addictive gameplay at 1200msp this is an absolute bargain. I urge anyone who hasn’t played this game already to give it a go and you will find proof that you do not need an AAA retail game to give you a fulfilling and highly enjoyable experience, for me Trials Evolution has set the benchmark for all XBLA games.
You can download Trials Evolution here: http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-GB/Product/Trials-Evolution
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