A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can practice their digital creation skills and enjoy a fun social experience in this empowering motorcycle racing game. Players get to design, build, and share courses of their own construction using an editing module not unlike those used by professional game designers. They also have opportunity to interact with other players, including friends that they play against in local multiplayer matches as well as members of the game's creative community. Trials Fusion gives kids the ability to explore their imagination in fun ways while constructively communicating with their peers.
While this game can be a fun social gaming experience and act as an outlet for creativity, its fantastical motorcycle racing suggests that it's fun to perform dangerous bike stunts. It also implies that failing such stunts, though perhaps painful, carries no serious repercussions.
Positive Role Models
The riders' thrill-seeking nature combined with a lack of significant consequences associated with their spectacular crashes makes them pretty poor role models.
Ease of Play
Things start off fairly easy with intuitive controls and success all but guaranteed. However, about two thirds of the way into the career mode the courses become much harder. Some sections of "expert" tracks will take players 100 or more tries to pass. This skill-testing play is part of the game's appeal for its target demographic of dedicated gamers, but casual players may be turned off by the difficulty.
Violence & Scariness
Crashes result in some very painful looking ragdoll animations. Riders fall dozens of yards onto hard surfaces, get crushed between their bike and the ground, become wedged between objects in the environment, and in some scenes can even be electrocuted or blown up. They don't appear to die (they immediately respawn atop their bikes after crashing), but that may just end up giving more impressionable players the notion that the game's outrageous motorcycle stunts aren't life-threatening.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Trials Fusion is a fun motorcycle racing game that stands out from the crowd with its social options as well as creative opportunities. Riders do frequently crash in a very painful-looking fashion; The game never implies that they're seriously injured (they immediately respawn after perilous drops and crushing collisions), but that may simply end up convincing young and impressionable players that the risks of real-world motorcycle driving aren't as great as they really are. This important concern aside, the game offers a positive social gaming experience thanks to its enjoyable local four-player competitive mode. Plus, a deep and empowering track editor allows kids to explore and express their digital creativity creating their own tracks. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to Trials Fusion.
Is It Any Good?
Trials Fusion isn't quite a complete game at launch, since it's missing some key bits slated for later introduction (including online tournaments). But what's here is still pretty impressive. The campaign takes hours to work through and will help players hone their riding skills. Local four-player multiplayer events, meanwhile, make for a fun and addictive social gaming experience. Plus, the game looks absolutely gorgeous on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, making full use of these advanced consoles' processing power.
But the real appeal for many will be the empowering track editor, which allows players to create tracks every bit as complex, challenging, and enjoyable as those created by the game's originators. Even if you don't want to take the time to build your own courses, you can still download and enjoy an almost limited supply of user-generated tracks created by the game's community. Nearly a million tracks were crafted by users for Trials Evolution, and it's safe to say a similar number of player-made will eventually be designed for this iteration. That means avid fans will never run out of fresh tracks to challenge their virtual motorbike driving skills.
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