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.