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.
Excerpt: Let me preface this Urban Trial Freestyle review by saying that I hope you, dear reader, find this review to be an acceptable length. It’s hard to be verbose when a game stinks. Either I predicted this game years ago, or I’ve played it before, and in either case there’s a reason I’m not playing it today. Urban Trial Freestyle is a downloadable game for the PlayStation 3 that centers on varying levels of the side-scrolling “racing” variety.
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.
Review: Urban Trial Freestyle (Sony PlayStation 3)
25 February 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: 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: Auch die PC-Version von Urban Trial Freestyle bedient sich bei den besten Eigenschaften der beliebten Trials-Reihe. Das Spiel injiziert dem Spieler mit seiner Arcade-Action den typischen und nicht zu verleugnenden Suchtfaktor, immer schneller und immer besser werden zu wollen.
Leider fehlt noch immer der Multiplayer-Modus, sobald man überzeugt ist, besser zu sein als seine Freude.
Conclusion: Matthias Schmid meint: Selbst wenn ich keine Sekunde Trials auf Xbox 360 gespielt hätte – Urban Trial Freestyle bliebe trotzdem doof und überflüssig. Das Argument ”Nur wenn man es mit dem Vorbild Trials vergleicht, schneidet es schlecht ab”, zieht also nicht. Denn hier ist einiges im Argen: Die Fahrphysik ist zu simpel und erlaubt weder knifflige Kletterpassagen noch vernünftige Bunny Hops.