Trials HD still stands as one of the most successful games in the history of Xbox Live. You’ll be hard-pressed nowadays to find someone who hasn’t tricked their way through its insane motorcycle obstacle courses. For the longest time, I was one of those people. I’d saw and heard a lot of feedback about the game being difficult, and that was enough to keep me at bay. Had it not been for a Splitkick community game night that featured Trials Evolution, I probably would have passed on the series completely.
It’s sequel won me over in a big way last year, though I’ve only gotten to HD now. While I still have a blast working my way through every course, it’s definitely not a series one should play backwards.
The core of what makes Trials fun is very much present. It’s bike physics are easy to learn, yet brutally challenging to master, while the elaborate courses really put your skills to the test. If you’re looking for more quality courses from the original developers of the game, then picking up Trials HD is absolutely worth it.
However, the jump from HD to Evolution was quite large, and going backwards really highlights what are now deficiencies in the original. For one, there’s far less variety in the visuals, as all of the set pieces are industrial themed. The tracks are less creative. Tracking your friend’s scores isn’t as elegantly done without the ghosts. Also, there’s no multiplayer to speak of.
Don’t get me wrong, this game is still fantastic and worth playing, even if Evolution was your first. However, I highly recommend you take this one on first to maximize your enjoyment of the series.
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