Excerpt: For those who haven’t played Trials HD, the game consists of having no way to go but forward, with only the brake, gas and balance in your control. I should note that I got through several levels without even touching the balance. The environments are the most memorable part of the game, most notably a semi-abandoned carnival. Yet when an environment is more memorable than the gameplay itself, it’s not a particularly good sign.
Summary: At long last, PlayStation fans are no longer left in the dust by the Microsoft-published, Xbox Live Arcade-only Trials HD series. Tate Interactive has distilled the gist of the genre, and saw fit to spread the love across the PlayStation 3, Vita, and 3DS platforms, allowing anyone to experience crazy motorcycle puzzle action, regardless of Xbox 360 ownership. The only problem is, they just needed to do a tad more to differentiate themselves.
Review: Urban Trial Freestyle (Sony PlayStation 3)
22 March 2013
Summary: If you’re looking for a Trials type game for the PS3, you’ll walk away disappointed. If you have a more open mind, than Urban Trial Freestyle is a fun motorcycle game with some interesting features and great leaderboard implementation. However, the game does not have the challenge, difficulty, or the great level design of its competitors, so I’d only recommend purchasing it if there is a sale.
Conclusion: Urban Trials Freestyle has a lot going for it, but it doesn’t push any of it’s ideas far enough to be anything other then a very capable and entertaining clone. I never once found it frustrating to the point of screaming, which is a plus comparatively, but it also never really challenges outside of trying to five star every level or find all the money bags.
Conclusion: Concept: Take the much-loved Trials Evolution and make everything a bit worse
Graphics: Nothing too offensive here outside of the occasional animation glitch
Sound: One of the absolute worst menu songs I’ve ever heard. The rest isn’t much better.
Playability: Bikes control just fine, but elements in the tracks lead to a frustrating experience
Entertainment: Fans of this type of game should stick to the real Trials series
Replay: Moderately Low
Conclusion: It's easy to get sucked into Urban Trial Freestyle for hours trying to perfect a run, and the difficulty ramps up that there will almost always be a new challenge for you. A nice "harder-core" compliment to Joe Danger .
Excerpt: When I first loaded up Urban Trial Freestyle on my PS3 , I was met with a voice over on the loading screen which seemed to be reporting on a dangerous biker that police could not stop, and an opening video that kept stuttering. It all seemed a bit glitchy, and before the game had even started. Perhaps, I thought, I’d need to lower my expectations.
Pros: Addictive gameplay., Variety of dynamic stages., Visually great to look at., Leaderboards add competitive side.
Cons: Brake/reverse can be a bit fiddly., No extra points given for tricks outside of trick zones.
Excerpt: Dirt bikes are rad. It’s not hard to sell people on the concept of a dirt bike. It’s a motorcycle that you can drive in the mud! What’s not to love? It shouldn’t be hard to make this kind of game fun; Excitebike did it in 1985. So then why does Urban Trial Freestyle frustrate me so much? The opening sequence is all over the place. You hear cops on a radio talking about a rougue biker, then you see Shirtless McGee here being filmed on someone’s camcorder.
Pros: Simple controls, Fast paced gameplay, Dirt bikes
Summary: Let's get the obvious out of the way - Urban Trial Freestyle is a shameless imitation of Trials Evolution and its predecessor Trials HD. Of course, Ubisoft wouldn't exactly have a leg to stand on if it tried to do anything about it, since Trials itself was 'inspired' by the likes of Elastomania, Motorcross Maniacs and Kikstart 2, but there's no denying what the main source of inspiration was here.
Pros: Trials-style gameplay on PS3 and Vita, Background details are pleasingly ludicrous, In-level high score screens are clever
Cons: The physics are a bit too floaty, Doesn't have a massive number of levels, No level creation or multiplayer
Summary: Avec les succès critiques et commerciaux qu’ont été Trials HD et Trials Evolution, les deux titres développés par RedLynx sur Xbox 360, il fallait forcément s’attendre à ce que d’autres se lancent dans ce filon juteux. Voici donc l’un d’entre eux : Urban Trial Freestyle, titre téléchargeable sur le PSN de la PlayStation 3 et de la PS Vita.
Pros: Gameplay simple et efficace, Décors interactifs