You've most likely been hammering away at Trials Fusion for about a week now — what are your thoughts so far?
I find it hard to really verbalise my thoughts on this game. It's difficult to judge it in any fair way.
This is mainly because the things that are perfect about Trials Fusion have always been perfect in the series, therefore I take it for granted. The things that irritate me or have disappointed me are new, and therefore those are always the elements of the game I want to discuss.
For that reason I'm going to discuss the elements of the game that I love. I'm going to force myself, because it's only fair.
The controls are perfect. The level design, although less memorable visually when compared to Trials Evolution, are tip top for the most part.
Everything feels fluid and slick. The song ("Welcome to the future... man, machine, the future!") is hilariously perfect in the way that all Trials songs have been. This is a personal thing. I've always had a chuckle at the ludicrous lyrics featured in Trials theme songs.
But the negatives? There are many. This game has issues. Tragically, almost every new element added to the game has issues.
The worst addition is the tricks. They don't feel consistent, it doesn't feel rewarding in the same way that the core of the game does. It feels too random, too generic. It just doesn't work for me, and it goes against what we've learned to love about Trials: pure and simple speed and precision.
This wouldn't be too much of an issue, but RedLynx have gone and shoehorned trick levels into the main game (along with the Skill games) instead of separating them into separate sections. Previous games kept all elements of the game in different boxes, but Trials Fusion doesn't, this means that you have to endure aspects of the game you dislike if you want to 100% complete the main game. I'm not a fan.
And I'm not a fan of the fact that, a week after its release, I'm still having major issues connecting to servers on the Xbox One. I've heard that the PS4 version is more consistent, but I have only been able to register my times on the global leaderboards maybe 5% of the time, meaning that all of my times have basically dissipated into the ether never to be found again.
In a game where 50% of the fun is trying to compete against the floating dots that represent the times of your friends and family, this is a major, major problem. I chose the Xbox One version specifically because I wanted to compete with my brother in Scotland, but neither of us can register our times, so that's not going to happen. It's actually killing my enjoyment of the game. I can't trust the servers to register my best times, so when I actually do achieve something spectacular — a no fault run, a super speedy time — it all feels a little hollow.
So yeah, buy the PC or PS4 version. That's my advice.
How are you finding the game so far? Let us know in the comments below.