The odds are good that you’ve already decided on whether or not to buy this latest addition to Trials Evolution. It’s a game that’s built up a solid fanbase through devilish track design and a solid helping of tongue-in-cheek humour. Bikes have been flipped, heads have been smacked and bones have been broken, yet there’s no denying the addictive formula of caution, risk and reward that has lifted this otherwise humble arcade game to such renowned acclaim.
Platform: Xbox LIVE Arcade (Reviewed)
Players: Single-Player, Multi-Player
Genre: Platform, Racing
Release: (INT) December 2012
Riders of Doom aims to throw in another helping of motoring madness, with a new region entitled ‘Big Sands’ that attempts to riff on 2012’s apocalyptic themes. This is every bit the game you’ve come to know and love, though fans may notice that things aren’t quite as generous as they were a few months back in the Origin of Pain DLC. It’s great fun and just as replayable as ever, though once again RedLynx has decided to make certain events license specific, so newcomers won’t be able to dive in without putting in the hard yards.
Levels take you through fiery scenes of destruction to scenic ancient ruins, though you might have expected a little more craziness given this pack’s title. There are definitely a few surprises for those who choose to cough up the 400 MS points, which is a hard price to argue with given the quality of the gameplay offered. This doesn’t mean that Riders of Doom gets a free pass for simply being more Trials – in fact far from it – but there’s no denying its appeal, despite the fantastic custom tracks that remain available across Xbox Live. Those who enjoy building fiendish courses of their own should keep up the good work, as they’ll be well-catered for here with a host of new items to mess around with.
Skill Games make a triumphant return, ranging from a few uninspired attempts to the wacky and immediately replayable. There are ten in total, with the best showcasing just how imaginative the developers can be. Attempting to charge up a ramp to soar as high as possible before hurtling towards the ground is nothing short of thrilling, while charging across a warped platform is an enjoyable task in its own right. Of course, repeated failure will frustrate as it always does, but at least you can hit the back button for a near-instant retry. Once again you should expect some of these events to be locked away by your in-game progress. The Banshee is a new motorcycle with an emphasis on speed; it’s also a light contraption and serves as the perfect means to glide through the air, though it won’t be available for every event.
You’re getting a handful of tournaments consisting of the new courses as well as five Supercross tracks to satisfy that multiplayer itch. With solid gameplay that adheres to the spirit of the full release, Trials Evolution: Riders of Doom is a welcome download that will please fans just a little less than Origin of Pain.
7.0 – Good. Entertaining but is held back by a couple of flaws. It will certainly capture its intended audience but it won’t appeal to everyone.