A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Riders Republic is a racing game that lets you compete in several events against others online -- including mountain biking, snowboarding, and flying in wingsuits -- but there are no direct or indirect messages.
Positive Role Models
There aren't many characters or dialog sequences, nor is there an overarching story to these fast-paced sporting events, so it's unknown if they're positive role models or not. Are they positive because they compete in these thrilling sporting events or are they reckless because there's an element of danger (in real life)?
You can change the appearance of your avatar, as well as your gear and outfits, by selecting the Customize tab in the game menu. You can be a male or female, and choose from different skin, eye and hair combinations. Because characters wear helmets, you don't really see anyone's face to discern their gender or race.
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Ease of Play
The extreme sports racing game starts off slow to teach the mechanics of control and the different environments you play in. Riders Republic has multiple methods for controls, which can be tweaked in both air sports and ground sports. Players can also change their landing method and sensitivity. There's also a Zen mode for a more relaxing experience.
Violence & Scariness
You can wipe-out after a bad landing -- on skis, a mountain bike, snowboard, wingsuit, and more -- but nothing bad happens to you.
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The title has a lot of questionable song lyrics in the game, with references to sex, drugs, and violence on some of the tracks.
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Products & Purchases
Riders Republic lets you spend real money for additional content, including an annual pass to extra material. There's also a Standard, Gold and Ultimate Edition of the game for sale.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Riders Republic is a sports simulation available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, Windows PC, and Stadia. Players take on the role of a racer participating in air and ground sports, trying their best to come in first place in their events. The title has a lot of questionable song lyrics in the game, with references to sex, drugs, and violence on some of the tracks. While riders may occasionally crash during races, no blood or gore is shown.
Is It Any Good?
This is is a gorgeous and thrilling multi-sport extreme racing game for virtual thrill-seekers, but there are a few random issues and technical bugs that need to be ironed out. Riders Republic looks gorgeous with highly detailed characters, environments, lighting effects, and natural, smooth animation, but it's a real thrill to choose from different modes of transportation (or depending on the mode, many of them in the same race) and learn the nuances for each sport. The controls are intuitive, tight and responsive, and whether it's speed or tricks, or both, you'll love the variety in racing, places, and modes to choose from. Biking is probably the most fun, but the aerial options, like wingsuits, takes you off the ground for a different experience altogether. And if you're willing to buy the Riders Republic Year One Pass, you can traverse the map in other fun ways like rocket bikes and rocket skis.
Ubisoft could have just chosen, say, snowboarding (like its game Steep), but this offers so many events and all are handled well. Each kind of race is also easy enough to learn for novices, but challenging enough to reward more seasoned players for mastering courses and moves over time. There are also collectibles, secrets, the ability to earn cash (for silly masks and other gear), points, and daily clothing to snag. It seems Ubisoft wants you to virtually hang out in Riders Republic and come back every day for new goodies, which is a smart "metaverse" kind of vibe. Unfortunately, there are some issues, including things like technical bugs, the odd freezes and a crash, and being stuck in an object that hold the game back There are also some "floating" physics from time to time that rips you out of the suspension of disbelief, and some awkward checkpoints to hit that perhaps could be tweaked in an update. But overall, Riders Republic is super fun. While a little bit messy at times, no doubt Ubisoft will iron out many of these issues -- hopefully sooner than later.
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