Riders Republic Reviews
Riders Republic is an exhilarating open world extreme sports game with a lot of little issues that build up over time. It's lackluster character creator and insistence on interrupting the flow quickly grows tiresome. If you're a fan of Steep, Riders Republic is undoubtedly for you. If you're not though, you can probably wait to play this game.
Anyone that has played Ubisoft’s past decade of output will find much of Riders Republic to be incredibly familiar despite it technically being a new franchise. It does do many things better than its spiritual predecessor, as the controls and user interface are much more welcoming than Steep‘s, but it doesn’t push the extreme sports genre forward or in any interesting directions.
A sports bike has two wheels, and wisely, instead of trying to reinvent those, Riders Republic provides players with iconic courses on which to ride its perfectly tuned bikes—and skis and jetpacks to boot. If anything, the developers at Ubisoft Annecy have gone to admirable lengths to make sure that nothing mechanically gets in the way of that fun. How odd, then, that so much of Riders Republic’s gameplay ends up bogged down under onerous checklists and thankless grinds that are the very antithesis of the game’s YOLO mentality.
Riders Republic tries to improve the Steep formula on many levels, but sometimes fails to really find its own way : by constantly solliciting the players with its trials, rewards, gears, modes and extras, Ubisoft Annecy's new formula sometimes forgets to let us enjoy the ride and its vast landscape.
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Riders Republic is a game players can effortlessly lose themselves in, even if the gameplay itself is pretty shallow. The endless barrage of events populating the world map become less exciting over time, resembling a shopping list rather than milestones in your ascension to extreme sports godhood. If you're still keen to take the plunge, make sure you have a posse ready to party up with.
The Considering that Riders Republic is not a sports simulation and only aims to offer fun and excitement, and even though there are a lot of problems that cannot be looked over and some of them directly affect the gameplay experience, the final package can still be entertaining while you jump on different vehicles and race around the big, crowded and colorful world of the game.
Review in Persian | Read full review
While it has promise, Riders Republic feels like it needs a bit more time in the oven. For fans of extreme sports, there's certainly something to enjoy here – just don't be surprised when a variety of issues run the experience into the ground.
Riders Republic has some great moments – namely its dozens upon dozens of races – but all of that is cut down by an impressively obnoxious script, unskippable dialogue, and predetermined soundtracks that play ad nauseam
Riders Republic is unquestionably a one-of-a-kind sports game with an exciting idea that feels like it will carry on for a long time.
The game had a balanced mixture of unexpected fun and the usual sense of draining. As an extreme sports game, they’ve creatively recreated the formula to provide a new perspective of the genre. But perhaps due to the limitations of budgeting, you won’t really get prolonged enjoyment but it will be that typical game that will be remembered for a quick burst of fun whenever you decide to play it.
Review in Korean | Read full review
Riders Republic is an enjoyable game with incredible potential.
Review in Polish | Read full review
It's not the prettiest game, with distant scenery lacking detail, low-res cinematics, and screen tearing in busy areas. But the dizzying scale of the world, and the complete lack of loading times, is technically impressive. It's also worth noting that you need to be online to experience the career mode and progression—otherwise you're stuck with the freeform, rather empty Zen Mode. Most people play games online these days, but if you can't for whatever reason, your options will be limited. It's frustrating, because the actual riding in Riders Republic is heaps of fun. It's just been packaged in a completely off-putting way. You'll have to decide if the cringe is worth putting up with.
Ubisoft developers have used all the things they learned from their previous extreme sports title and made a bigger and more exciting video game. There are of course the usual "Ubisoft Formula" problems but if you get in the right groove with how things work in Riders Republic, you are going to have great times with it.
Review in Persian | Read full review
A good extreme sports game with some questionable design choices which can spoil the experience.
Review in Russian | Read full review
What Riders Republic lacks in depth, it more than makes up for in variety.
With how the current controls and gameplay loop sit, though, I can’t find myself wanting to sit down and play this much longer after its release. Here is to hoping Ubisoft and Riders Republic get even more extreme in the future.
Riders Republic tries so hard to be cool that it deserves a roundhouse kick to the mouth, but Ubisoft's technical chops come out to play here, with an enormous online sandbox stacked to the metaphorical ceiling with high-octane events to complete. This is a game that the French publisher has clearly designed to be built upon, but even day one, with its mix of disciplines and multifaceted Mass Races, it's an entertaining ride. There are minor niggles for the French publisher to iron out, and we'd recommend muting the dialogue, but don't bail on this if you have even a passing interest in extreme sports.
Riders Republic is a fun game that offers a wide range of exhilarating and unique activities that mostly benefit from its 'always online' gameplay model, but also suffers from a few shortcomings. The world feels alive, the Events are a blast and the game looks gorgeous. However, some aspects of the game are a little lacking at launch, namely the multiplayer modes, customisation and air sports.
Extreme sports made accessible to the point of basic. It's got a tin ear but a big heart.
Riders Republic is the de facto ruler of extreme sports MMOs. There is no denying that Riders is one of the best extreme sports games to hit the market in a long time, but the massively multiplayer portion of the game could use some work. There is very little cohesion that brings all of the various riders together as part of a republic. Even the main story is solely focused on your specific accomplishments in each of the sports. Luckily, the game is still in its infancy, and the year 1 pass plans to add new multiplayer arenas, and a new sport, BMX Biking, which shows that Riders isn’t done expanding by a long shot. There is more than enough variety to keep players coming back and having fun for months, just with the solo and collectible game alone. If you’re an extreme sports fan, Riders Republic is a no-brainer. For MMO fans looking for more than a madcap mass race challenge, I would let the game mature for a few months longer before picking this one up.