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    dkirschner's Trials Evolution: Gold Edition (PC)

    [January 21, 2016 10:44:14 PM]
    Yay, I finally got to play this! I'd tried it like a year ago but my old computer couldn't handle it. I didn't realize it was so pretty, but dang, this is a good looking game for what it is. I actually installed it on a whim. My girlfriend wanted to sleep on me on the couch and I didn't have any controller-friendly games installed that she didn't also want to play, and she is interested in playing/watching all the PS4 games I have left. So I downloaded this real quick.

    I also intended that night to play for like an hour, but I ended up pretty much exhausting the game after 5.5 hours. Woops. Trials Evolution is a game about riding your dirtbike across increasingly difficult tracks with all sorts of crazy obstacles. It's a game about mastering controls, learning how leaning forward and backward affect the bike, the physics of it all. I tend to get pretty into racing games (and as a result try not to buy many), and this one was different in that there was no racing. Apparently you can race online, but it was always "searching..." forever.

    I keep coming back to the backgrounds and obstacles when thinking about Trials. I rode through a lot of fire, rode on top of skyscraper scaffolding, rode through ancient ruins, rode across farmland, in warehouses, inside a person's mind tripping on acid (seriously, it was awesome), and more. My biker died a million different deaths. At the end of each race, he gets hurled against a wall or falls off a cliff or gets incinerated or something. It's funny. There are special minigames too to launch your rider as far as you can off his bike, to see how long you can stay upright while inside like an American Gladiator's rolling ball, and a bunch more. Some of these were quite creative.

    It really didn't take long to get the hang of the controls and of how to ride pretty well. Like most racing games, you pass license tests to unlock races, accumulate more points to unlock the next license test, and so on and so forth. Well, I blasted through Beginner (D license) and Easy (C license). I got a gold medal on nearly every track. Medium started to get challenging and I bumped the bar down to "bronze is fine," and by the end of medium my new goal was just to see all the crazy courses and cross the finish line. Hard (A license) was damn hard. So, I got all the licenses and unlocked all the tracks except for one group of hard tracks and a group of expert tracks that required a ton more medals than I had. I guess I quit when I was going to have to grind out medals. But I got what I wanted out of the game!

    Also, you can download and play other players' courses that they made with the map editor. Some of these were pretty crazy. I knocked around with 5 or so, including one Halloween themed one, another mind trip one, and one inside a tornado. I recommend poking around the download section, and if you want a fun little control mastery racing game, this is a good bet.
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    dkirschner's Trials Evolution: Gold Edition (PC)

    Current Status: Stopped playing - Got frustrated

    GameLog started on: Sunday 28 December, 2014

    GameLog closed on: Monday 18 January, 2016

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Been looking forward to this one. --------------- Oops, computer won't run it. Putting this in the backlog again for now...---------- Ok, done again. Fun game, quit when I was going to have to grind medals. Seeing all tracks was good enough!

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstarstar

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