Trials HD became very popular when it first his XBLA. It's one of the best selling arcade titles to date, so it's no wonder then that developer RedLynx had a sequel on the way. Just like most sequels, you expect them bigger and better, and that's what Trials Evolution is. Compared to it's predecessor, Trials Evolution leaves the old warehouse and goes outdoors. This offers much bigger environments to test your skills.
If your not familiar with the game, Trials Evolution is a motorcycle stunt game that has you racing across a large range of tracks, each offering dangerous and tricky obstacles. Evolution is a great name for the game, as it's much bigger and open than ever before. You will travel across tons of different environments. From steep green hilltops, rocky mountains, to even more unpleasant places like the sewers. There's many different environments to feast your eyes on, and they all have unique moving backdrops. For example, cars moving along the road, aircrafts flying across the sky, etc. It's nice to see, especially with daytime changing through certain tracks.
Trials Evolution is certainly more outrageous and over the top than before. With the game turning to outdoors, the possibilities are endless, and it seems that RedLynx has tried to pack as much variety in the game as possible. There's a great mix of tracks for the casual gamers, and hardcore fans as well. Just like it's Predecessor, Trials Evolution is easy to pick up and play, but it's hard as nails to master. You will find yourself attempting certain obstacles over and over again, but I find that's what makes the game so addictive and competitive.
The control physics feel the same as they did in Trials HD, but that's no bad thing. "Why change something if it isn't broken" ?, The controls feel very solid and satisfying. Each bike you unlock has a different feel, and it can take some time before you get to grips with their behavior.
The single-player portion is split up into different sets, each having a certain license. As you gain a new license you will unlock new tracks, tournaments, and mini games. There's a great lot to do here, and it can have you busy for many months on end. Each track you compete in has three medals to gain for.
Bronze, Silver and gold. You always earn a bronze medal for complete a track, but silver and gold are going to be much tougher. It can be very addictive if your a competitive type, and the game does a great job in competition. The game features an online leaderboard, so you can post your scores. Also, if you have a friend who has completed a track, you can watch their gamertag move along the track whilst you race.
The game also offers a multiplayer component, and it's much bigger than before. Now you can have four players side by side, racing to the finish line. It's a lot of fun, but it can sometimes get confusing, with so much going on. I also found some screen tearing, but it wasn't too distracting.
If you thought that Trials Evolution was big enough in it's single-player and multiplayer component, think again. Trials Evolution also brings back the track editor. This time Redlynx have really pushed the boat out. It's much more powerful than before, offering a great set of tools to create some amazing tracks. I have seen a first person shooter created with it, that's how powerful it really is. The possibilities are endless, and it's exciting to see what the community will come up with.
Trials Evolution is definitely a better game than Trials HD. Redlynx have pulled it off. It's one of the best XBLA titles on the marketplace, and I cannot recommend it enough, buy it!
Review by Gareth Smith