Ride 4

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Motorcycle racer for skilled riders only.

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Positive Messages

To do well in this game, players need to be patient as well as careful, and willing to practice and try multiple times to get it right. All of the riders are shown wearing proper safety equipment.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Riders wear the proper safety equipment, but there's no specific storyline or character development from one race to the next.

Ease of Play

The controls will be familiar to fans of motorcycle racing games. The game has three distinct difficulty settings, as well as options to use or not use assists for braking and other aspects of the controls. That said, its realistic approach means it's not easy, no matter what the settings.

Violence

While players can crash, and their rider is shown being thrown, they're not shown being injured or killed.

Sex
Language

Unmoderated multiplayer could expose players to inappropriate content.

Consumerism

All of the bikes in the game are made by real brands, and their logos are featured prominently. There are also brand logos on the race tracks. There will be new tracks and bikes added post-launch, in packs that will be available both paid and for a price. This is also the latest installment in the Ride franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ride 4 is a motorcycle racing game for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Windows PCs. This is the latest installment in the Ride franchise. Like many racing games, it has no inappropriate content. For instance, while there are crashes, and the riders are shown being thrown from their bikes, they are not injured or killed, and there's no blood or gore. There are numerous brand logos shown, both on the tracks and on the bikes. Post-launch plans including adding new tracks and bikes, some of which will be free, and some of which will be sold for real money. Communication between online players is not monitored.

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What's it about?

Like previous installments, RIDE 4 does not have a story mode. Instead, it has three different career modes -- "European League," "Asian League," and "American League" -- in which you play a series of races. Winning them, naturally, unlocks new races, while finishing a "League" unlocks one of the others. You can also play one-off races, as well as races online against other people. Players will also have to contend with real time weather and day/night cycles during competitions.

Is it any good?

As with previous installments of this realistic motorcycle racing game series, this year's model is strictly for serious riders. Like its predecessors and other games of this kind -- motorcycle or otherwise -- Ride 4 is a deeply customizable racing game that has you cruising both professional tracks and closed streets in a variety of events you can play on your own or against fellow racers online. Not only can you tweak the parameters of your bike like a real mechanic, but you can also customize the controls in a myriad of ways, and even (no joke) adjust the volume of the wind as it whips past you. It also, as usual, has a ton of real tracks, riders, and events -- more than enough to keep you occupied until its sequel comes out.

As for what's different in this installment, well, the career mode now features three lengthy sections -- "European League," "Asian League," and "American League" -- as well as an improved weather system that can add some real challenge. Though what's more interesting is the new "Endurance" mode, during which the races last hours and involve pit stops. What hasn't changed, though, is that this is still just for serious riders. Even at the easiest difficulty setting, and with all the assists engaged, this never feels like an arcade game, or even something arcade-esque. It's tough and unforgiving, and strictly for veterans of this series or real motorcycle enthusiasts. But if you're a serious biker, and looking for something when you can't hit the real roads, Ride 4 is a fun substitute.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about safety. While Ride 4 does have you driving fast, the drivers are always shown wearing protective gear, so why is this important? How do you think wearing a helmet protects them if they crash?

  • Ride comes with tons of bikes and tracks built-in, and more will be added later, so how do you decide what to spend money on? Is there a package of things that's worth it to invest in versus waiting for a discount or for content to become free?

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