If Trials HD somehow wasn't able to break you, don't act surprised when RedLynx is able to finish the job with Trials Evolution. The former remains one of my favorite Xbox Live Arcade games, in part because of the soul-crushing challenge it presents, and this follow-up is adding multiplayer (among other things) to keep the experience fresh.
So, multiplayer in Trials -- how does that even work? I tried out a few rounds of the local multiplayer, which supports up to four people. Basically, you're riding across similar tracks, but there is a separate lane for every participant. You get do your thing while others do theirs at the exact same time and someone comes out a winner.
That said, if you fall too far behind the other racers -- or crash, which is a fairly likely occurrence -- you'll be docked points. While this series has always been difficult, I would never call it cheap. As such, when you mess up even in multiplayer, you get a quick respawn.
I can't speak about online multiplayer for Trials Evolution, but since you are sharing a screen with friends (soon to be enemies) in local play, I could see this putting a limit on the types of levels that would mesh well with multiple lanes. In single-player, levels can focus more on platforming and on elaborate, often vertical stage designs.
Not that I think this will be a problem. I mean, it makes sense. From what I played at PAX, the levels were fairly straightforward -- probably catered more to the convention audience -- but I'm sure there's a wide difficulty range. Speaking of which, they were outdoor levels, which is new to Evolution. It's nice to see more visual variety.
This game seems like a logical extension and one that fans will adore. Even though my hands-on time was very brief, everything felt right. While single-player Trials is always entertaining, even if you're only watching someone else play, local multiplayer will give the series an even better presence at gaming get-togethers.
|8:00 PM on 12.05.2012|
Trials Evolution 'Riders of Doom' DLC drops soon
RedLynx has another piece of downloadable content on the way for its rage-inducing Trials Evolution, and it's running with the whole "end of the world" theme. Priced at 400 Microsoft Points, Riders of Doom will further expan...more
|6:00 PM on 10.05.2012|
Trials Evolution gets 36 more tracks in 'Origin of Pain'
When downloadable content was announced for Trials Evolution, I got nervous. The last thing I want to do right now is go back to see how badly my times are performing on the leaderboards, especially knowing that there's noth...more
|7:00 PM on 06.21.2012|
RedLynx highlights user-made content in Trials Evolution
While it's probably best for my general health that I don't get back into playing Trials Evolution, I'm now finding myself fighting the urge to do so. In the two months since it's been available on Xbox Live Arcade, upwards ...more
|9:00 PM on 04.23.2012|
Trials Evolution sets new record for day-one XBLA sales
The people at Ubisoft who made the decision to pick up Trials developer RedLynx probably had a pretty terrific weekend. It was recently revealed that Trials Evolution broke the record for "highest grossing day-one sales" amon...more
|5:00 PM on 04.20.2012|
Review: Trials Evolution
When I reviewed Trials HD back in 2009, I wasn't so sure the game would see the level of success I and other fans felt it deserved. Those concerns were ultimately unwarranted, as it now sits among the all-time best-selling ti...more
|5:00 PM on 04.15.2012|
Preview: Trials Evolution will ruin my life
Trials HD caught me completely by surprise. It released during Microsoft's Summer of Arcade promotion in 2009, and it took a distant third place among those games as far as my hype level goes. In fact, were it not for constan...more
|9:00 PM on 04.12.2012|
Trials Evolution level editor has an intimidating trailer
I might need one of you to hold me for a while. I've just watched this latest trailer for Trials Evolution, demonstrating the game's level editor. The scope is staggering and I can't wait to see what skilled users wind up cr...more
|2:30 PM on 02.02.2012|
Trials Evolution will be out this spring, looks great
"People have wanted to know the release date for a long time now," says RedLynx creative director Antti Ilvessuo. "They have been poking me on Twitter, calling my cell phone, even following me on the metro! Now I can finall...more
|2:15 PM on 08.15.2011|
Get your hands on Trials Evolution at gamescom and PAX
RedLynx will be bringing a playable build of Trials Evolution to gamescom this week, and then to PAX Prime later this month. Tough games are always made even more difficult when played at conventions; expect to see a lot of r...more
|11:20 AM on 05.15.2013|
Gran Turismo 6 hits PlayStation 3 this holiday season
At an anniversary event today, the next installment in the beloved racing sim series Gran Turismo was announced for release this holiday season. Don't you love it when teasers quickly pan out? While Dale was hoping for a Pla...more
|10:05 AM on 05.08.2013|
'Exciting Gran Turismo announcements' coming May 15
An event going down later this month in the UK could bring us some exciting Gran Turismo news. Polyphony Digital will be hosting an event at Silverstone Circuit, Towcester, Northamptonshire to celebrate Gran Turismo's 15th an...more
|6:00 AM on 05.07.2013|
PlayStation 3 Legacy Bundle includes two games for $300
Sony has announced a new PlayStation 3 Legacy Bundle that will include a 500GB hard drive, Gran Turismo 5, inFamous 2, and a 30 day voucher for PlayStation Plus. Gran Turismo 5 will also be the XL Edition of the game, which c...more