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Trials Rising review roundup - Fun but held back by loot boxes

Published: 11:59, 26 February 2019
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Picture of some dudes jumping around on their bikes in Trials Rising
Trials Rising

According to the majority of reviewers, Trials Rising is a welcomed entry in the motorcycle series and it offers a simplistic but fun experience. Unfortunately, it's held back by boring cosmetics, loot boxes and microtransactions.

Ubisoft's Trials Rising has arrived and critics are offering their thoughts on the latest instalment in the motorcycle platformer series.

The overall consensus is positive and it looks like Ubisoft hit the nail on the head by perfecting the well-known formula and offering a ton of content in tracks and game modes. However, some odd progression decisions and loot boxes have impacted the gameplay in a negative way.

Eurogamer described Trials Rising as "the purest, most entertaining Trials game in an age". They praised the game for its challenges and sense of control they've got while balancing their rider's weight. Eurogamer found the design and number of tracks "quite staggering" and "rich" but they've felt that XP system, loot boxes and microtransactions are "a layer of nonsense that Trials could really do without".

Trusted Reviews agree with Eurogamer's words on microtransactions and loot boxes. They called them "annoying" as the cosmetics often feel like a "drop in the ocean" as you almost never get the exact thing you want.

They said environments and tracks are "phenomenal" with great visual details and particle effects. Trusted Reviews found the controls are a bit messy on the keyboard but on a controller, Trials Rising handles pretty well. They gave it a 4.5 out of 5.

Just like the two previous reviewers, IGN were also annoyed by Trials Rising's loot boxes. For them, grinding is a real drawback and levels "can be disappointingly discouraging to unlock" with the new progression mechanic. They point out that there are hundreds of "boring stickers" but only a small pool of bikes and clothing.

Ubisoft picture showing a character on a motorbike Trials Rising

According to Gamespot, Trials Rising still maintains "the engrossing, challenging, and occasionally slapstick gameplay" that can be found in previous instalments. However, some issues such a "needlessly complicated" track editor still remain. 

They praise the courses' setting and layout but feel that some of the late game challenges can "lean more into random luck than calculated skill". Trials Rising got a 7 out of 10 from Gamespot .

Gallery of promotional screenshots for Trials Rising by Ubisoft

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