The essence of the Trials game hasn’t really changed, you are put on a obstacle course confining you to a 2D plane where you have no idea what is going to be in front of you. Your main priority is to stay upright hit the gas, lean forward and back and try to land correctly after a high jump. With this the physics can be a hit and miss as I had a few times where the slightest bump and I was off the bike so do pay attention to the track.
Trials Fusion paces you into the game with its set tutorials to stage four so if you are a master at the trials games this could bore you slightly. The easy to pick up and hard to master is in full effect with this title as you want to beat your previous score and get that much higher on the leader board. As you will become better at handling the vehicles you will want to perfect each stage. The beginner, easy and medium courses gets you up to speed with the very creative courses laid out as they assemble themselves as you ride towards them putting you on the edge of your seat and sometimes making you screw up as you think you will fall.
Once you enter the hard tracks the pace changes dramatically, so don’t think that you can breeze through like the other tracks it becomes more survival and more about precision, but the game has plentiful checkpoints that in a normal track would be too many but rest assured you will need them. In this part of the game this is where you have to learn the skills to progress within the game.
But don’t be disheartened by this there is tons of stuff to do and find in the game, challenges to complete so when you think that the game has beat you, there is still things you can do even to get all the medals etc. Besides the 40 standard tracks, with the fun skill games like Krank, there are tacks designed to use the new FMX trick system. This is where you pull off as many tricks like the Superman amongst others within a timed run to get to the finish line with a high score.
There are upgrades and different costumes for the rider but none of the upgrades felt like they made a difference to the bike or added anything to the character bar the look. It would of been nice to get some stat changes when using different helmets or body gear, as there doesn’t seem to be a reason why these are here other than cosmetic.
There is also included within the game a track editor, this is filled with all the pieces to make some really interesting tracks and I can’t wait to see them. But there is one slight problem instead of having an inbuilt tutorial system like Little Big Planet it tells you to go to their YouTube channel and this is without a link either. Creating a level wasn’t too tasking without guidance, but it would of helped just to be pointed in the right direction. But when the videos have been uploaded (at the time of writing this review they have not) it will become easier and the community for this game will have tons of interesting tracks to test their skills on.