Trial Xtreme 3 Review

Trial Xtreme 3 Review

Jan 10, 2013

Trial Xtreme 3 is a motorcycle racing adventure from Demedya that matches fun, competitive gameplay to intense graphics and social connectivity.

Yes, we have seen iterations of the game before, Trial Xtreme 2 was a fun game we reviewed before.

Starting off, I found actually moving on the machine had a learning curve of sorts, but I was pleasantly distracted by the graphics.

The developers did provide a graphical treat in 3-D, with brisk animations and interesting backdrops with realistic looking components. I liked the look of ramps, and how my rider soared through the air. The little, subtle things are what made this great for the eyes, like how the back tire dug into wood and shot out fragments when in overdrive. The accompanying physics were great too; I have never enjoyed seeing bike mishaps as much as in this game. The takeoffs, landings and everything in-between were exceptionally well-rendered in this electronic canvass.

Playing entailed the use virtual controls, optically in conjunction with the onboard accelerometer to get movement and “lean” just right. Speed was good, as the faster I finished, the better I scored. There were money stars that I could try to claim via contact. Game cash gave me the ability to buy better, more powerful equipment, but boy, it didn’t seem easy to accumulate enough game coins without using real cash. I thought the game did border on the difficult at times, potentially rendering it fully adopted by only the most dedicated of hand-held gamers.

I liked the competitive portion of the game which allowed me to pay friends and other enthusiasts, as well as a community leaderboard. The game also featured social networking connectivity.

Trial Xtreme 3 is a decent update on a fairly popular title, and in the hands of a patient gamer, can be a very compelling title.

Trial Xtreme 2 Review

Trial Xtreme 2 Review

Aug 31, 2012

Thanks to Trials on the Xbox 360, the trial racer has become extremely popular. With the goal of trying to race through a course and reach the end very quickly, while sometimes collecting stars or other doodads as a secondary goal, this game has been oft-imitated.

Because Trials developer RedLynx still won't bring Trials or one of its sequels to mobile, and because even their mobile trial racers like MotoHeroz have bypassed Android, games like Trial Xtreme 2 from Deemedya have been popular. I like trial racers, so I was curious to see why Trial Xtreme 2 seemed to be doing so well in the charts.

I'm still not really sure.

Trial Xtreme 2 puts players on a motorbike, going through hazardous courses that look like they were stolen from a construction site and then hastily put together. Basically, the goal is simple: get to the end without falling off. Or bumping the rider's head. Or having any part of him even gently touch anything, as it means instant failure.

Trial Xtreme 2 does not mess around, as even the first level will challenge players to not screw up. There is no learning curve, just difficult levels from the word go. This is not a game for those entering the genre, this is for experts wanting to be tested.

But oh is this game trying. The controls are exceptionally difficult to deal with. It seems as if the buttons are effective only in their specific touch areas, and nowhere outside of them, which makes it doubly difficult to play this game. This game is hard enough without having to fight the controls as well. It's not optimized for 7" tablets either, as the buttons are quite tiny. In fact, it feels like the game would be a lot more fun if it were more forgiving, or at least gave the player some time to feel like they've been succeeding, instead of being frustrated at the start. I don't feel compelled to play much more when I repeatedly fail because I just slightly bumped my head; I want to rage quit, which I did many times.

So, Trial Xtreme 2 is only for one class of gamer: the masochistic. Those who like their games to feel like pulling teeth? Buy this! Otherwise, there are other trial racers out there on the many gaming platforms out there. Play them for that taste of the genre, then try this if they’re not enough. There’s also a free Winter edition of the game that’s worth trying out for those still intrigued.