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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Doing well in this racing game not only requires you to go fast, but to use precision and be aware of your surroundings.
Positive Role Models
To win races, players have to not only be fast but also careful. The player also sets a good example by wearing proper safety equipment.
Ease of Play
The game uses similar driving controls to other motorcycle racing games. While this has multiple difficulty settings, the competition is still fierce, and riding a motorcycle isn't as easy as driving a car.
Violence & Scariness
While there are crashes, the rider isn't shown being injured or killed.
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Online races are unmoderated, possibly exposing players to inappropriate content.
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Products & Purchases
The player rides real motorcycles from brands like Ducati, Honda, and others, along with racing gear full of logos and branding. Additional bikes and racing events will be available for purchase after the game's release as downloadable content (DLC).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ride 3 is a motorcycle racing game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Players engage in a series of multi-lap races against other players, computer-controlled riders, and the clock, all of which take place on real tracks and closed streets. While players may crash, the rider's never shown being injured or killed. Communication between online players isn't monitored, possibly exposing players to inappropriate comments. While players will purchase bikes from manufacturers like Ducati, Honda, and others, their riders will also race bikes and wear racing gear with branded logos during competitions. Players will be also able to purchase additional bikes and racing events after the game comes out as downloadable content (DLC).
Is It Any Good?
While the gameplay isn't easy for casual riders, this motorcycle racing game has even more of what made previous installments fun for serious bikers. Ride 3 is a racer that has you engaging in multi-lap races against other people online or, if you work your way through the career mode, computer-controlled racers and the clock. All of which take place on real tracks or closed streets that have been specially altered to make them more fun for motorcycle racing. This also boasts the kind of options you find in most good racing games these days, including assists for your steering and braking.
As for what's new, this new model expands the career mode. The game has six levels of events, each of which have multiple sections that, in turn, have lots of different races. Except you don't need to win, or even do well, in every event to unlock the next level; you just need to succeed at a bunch of them to gain access to the next level. While this gives career-minded individuals a lot more to do, the controls are still very unforgiving, even if they are better than in previous games. Unlike other racers, turning on all of the optional control assists still doesn't make this feel like an arcade game, though they do make a difference in corners or during braking. Also, the load times can be excruciatingly long. But if you don't mind all the waiting, or this being more of a motorcycle simulation than a game, you'll enjoy taking Ride 3 for a, well, ride.
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