A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
To win races, players must practice and persevere, even if it means running the same race over and over. Players also have to sometimes follow specific directions to succeed.
Positive Role Models
For success, players not only have to do well in races, but have to be mindful of the condition of their equipment, as well as the specific conditions in certain events.
The game lets players decide what country they're from, with numerous options that span the globe.
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Ease of Play
The game has multiple difficulty options ("Novice," "Semi-Pro," and "Pro"), as well as options when it comes to physics ("Beginner," "Intermediate," and "Realistic). Play begins with a helpful, in-depth tutorial.
Violence & Scariness
While riders may crash, and are showing doing so, there's no images of blood or gore shown.
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Products & Purchases
The game features motorcycles by such real-world companies as Yamaha, Ducati, Honda, and more.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that RiMS Racing is a realistic motorcycle racing game for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS5, PS4, Switch, and PC. Younger players may be frustrated by its realism and trying to handle the physics of the game. It has no objectionable content. For instance, while riders can crash their bikes, they're not shown being hurt or killed, and there's no blood or gore. While the game isn't about the rider, player can choose their nationality from a wide range of countries. The game features bikes from real companies -- including Honda, Yamaha, and others -- but none can be bought with real-world money.
Is It Any Good?
Though it does a good job of making you feel like a professional motorcycle racer, it's missing some key motorcycle racing game parts. Like similar games, RiMS Racing has all the depth and realism a wannabe biker could want. Not only does it have tons of race events -- including some where you have to complete certain conditions, instead of simply winning -- it also has a ton of real bikes, real-world tracks, and options when it comes to your bike, rider, and the races themselves. You can even check the status of your bike in mid-race to see if something is broken or worn down and has to be replaced. Which, of course, you do by choosing to make a pit stop (during which you control your pit crew by following a series of button prompts).
What this doesn't have, and feels lesser because of it, are the kind of optional assists that are standard in all racing games these days. While it does have the steering line that indicates the best path to take, and when to ease up on the gas or use your brakes, there are no assists when it comes to the steering, handling, or brakes. The irony being that, when played on the lowest difficulty setting, this is more forgiving than other motorcycle racing simulations. Not to the point where it becomes arcade-like (sadly), but enough that people who are terrible at these games won't crash as much as they normally do. That said, if you are actually good at realistic racing games -- good enough to play them as authentic simulations -- you'll find that RiMS Racing will have you feeling like a real biker in no time.
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